Hayva (pronounced: Hay-va) Breath of life.
Her middle name, Joy, is after my baby sister.
This year has been so big for us as a family. We’ve grown together and been through some sticky stuff. With Sebron’s back injury and me going to work for him, moving twice, a job change, all being pregnant, we found ourselves going to the Lord like never before.
Breathe on me breath of God. The words to a worship song from my growing up years often rang across my mind and in my prayers. Sebron and I would often pray with each other when we would find ourselves exhausted and worn out. “Lord help us to speak life into one another. Into our children. Help us to choose joy in the difficult moments.” It’s been our anthem this year: speak life.
The Lord was giving life to our family- I longed for the day our sweet baby would be in my arms. They bring with them such hope and joy.
Sebron and I were actually out on a date night when we heard the name Hayva for the first time. It struck both of us and later that night I googled it just for fun. Breath of life. Sebron and I just looked at each other. It didn’t take very long for us to know this was her name.
Hayva is a Hebrew name, originally spelled Hava. (We changed the spelling in an attempt to make it easier for people to pronounce.)
Like I said before, Joy is for my baby sister. One of my dearest friends. We of course had our rocky points growing up- I was always jealous of her big feet. I was stuck in tiny shoe sizes and Joy was wearing nines by the time she was 9. And then of course she grew into her feet and became a gorgeous, tall model and I was, well, short. We got past our differences though (so thankful! =)) and she is one of my go to girls. She is a fireball for her Lord and Savior and has such a strong passion for children and hurting people. It’s true she is beautiful on the outside, but her heart is even more gorgeous. I pray one day our little Hayva Joy will follow in her Auntie’s footsteps and seek first the Kingdom and not be afraid to get her hands dirty for our Lord.
We are so incredibly thankful our little girly is here!