Eisley is getting a sister. A sister! I will soon have two daughters running around our house, and that excites me. I was shocked last week when the ultrasound showed another girl. I was convinced we were having a boy, and if I'm honest, I have to admit that I am still readjusting my thinking about it all. Two girls will no doubt be a great blessing. I adore my sister, and can't imagine life without her. I am thrilled knowing that Eisley and her sister will have each other. There really is no friend like a sister.
I am not quite ready to shout from the rooftops, our daughter's name. So instead I'll whisper it here, where I know only a small handful of people will read it. For now. We will shout it from the rooftops later.
The name we have chosen for our second daughter is Jubilee Estes Lawson. If you're interested in the story of why we chose that name, keep reading. If not, don't. I know not everyone cares about name meanings like I do. But...
We did an Advent teaching/worship series at our church this past year based on Isaiah 61, and talked about Jesus as our Jubilee. We (Billy & I) love and are drawn to the biblical practice of Jubilee, and all it was about -- The Year of Jubilee happened every 50 years -- In the year of Jubilee, land returned to its original owners, debts were cancelled, captives were set free to return to their homes -- Jubilee was a time of great joy and celebration! And today, Jesus still brings Jubilee. He is the one that brings release to those in captivity, the one who binds up the broken-hearted, the one who proclaims good news to the poor.
It was was around the time of Advent that we found out we were expecting this child (We found out on Thanksgiving day), and as we walked through that teaching series at Advent, we started thinking that Jubilee would make a great name for a little girl. We love what it means and we pray that this little girl would grow to know the Triune God, and that her life would be about following this God of love.
As for Estes... we decided on the middle name of Estes for a little girl before we even found out we were expecting. We started thinking about the years we lived in Kentucky and what an important and transformative season in our lives those years were for us... we started brainstorming name ideas that would somehow connect to Kentucky. And then we thought of Estes chapel, the chapel located at the seminary where I was a student. Estes Chapel was a HUGELY important place for me! For our family.
Estes means "from the east". Matthew 24:27 says "For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man"; the name Estes sort of seemed to fit well with the name Jubilee!
And that's the story of Jubilee Estes Lawson.
(And, hey. it is a great bonus that Jubilee's name continues our trend of the "ly/ley/lee" name-ending that we have going in our family... Billy, Kelly, Eisley, and Jubilee!)