Where does her name come from? Tim's sister is named Mary Elizabeth - and it is a name we really like. It is also the name of a wonderful friend, which we found out after we'd started considering the name. We added the Michelle because we wanted her name to be a little bit different, and it is also quite common in Nigerien culture for children to have 2 or 3 middle names. We also love the meaning of each one of her names: Mary is “beloved,” coming from the Egyptian word "mry;" Michelle is of French origin and means “gift from God,” or “who is like God” - she certainly is a gift and there is no one like our God! Elysabeth means "my God is bountiful," or "God of plenty," - which also seemed so appropriate as we welcome her, our eighth beautiful miracle of life, into our family.
Our other favorite part of the "birth" story comes from the other side of the ocean. Brendan was asked to make the announcement of his sister's arrival - during the chapel/assembly at school on Wednesday. Knowing how much our son likes to speak in public, especially in front of his peers - that gave us all a few chuckles.
Thanks to all of you who prayed for us and for her safe arrival. Please continue to remember our family in your prayers. Jonathan and Victoria are having a hard time understanding why Richelle and gang can't come home immediately, and we still have tons of official paperwork that needs to be taken care of before we can return to Niger.