We have an announcement, sic (Spouse of the IC) and I. After long minutes of deliberation, we have decided to narrow our names for the fourth ChIC (Child of the IC) to names from Hosea, a really great prophetic book. Go read it. I'll wait. Now, we thought about Hosea, of course. But that seemed too...common. We're special people with special children and an internationally unique last name (the last point is true), so of COURSE, the name of child #4, a boy, must be unique as well. No "Joseph" for this kid!
So here we go: we have narrowed the names down to Jezreel (God Sows), Lo-Ruhamah (Not Pitied), and Lo-Ammi (Not My People). Just think of the inspiration he will be to everyone he meets, when he gets to explain every single day of his life the convental love of God for Israel, despite her adulterous ways. Well, we'll explain that metaphor when he's 8 or 9. But still. The very name is a witness!
I like the meaning of Jezreel, but sic thinks it is too close to Jezebel, and rightly or wrongly I think of fly-fishing, so I admit it's a distant third.
Lo-Ruhamah is a strong name with great nickname possibilities. "Lo, Ru" Think of the fun he'll have. It's a good second.
But I can't get Lo-Ammi out of my mind. Not My People--it's kind of "Rebel without a Cause-ish", only, with a cause--God! Counter-cultural and still the fun Lo greeting: "Lo, Am!"
I'm so relieved to have this settled. What do you think?