Friday, September 20, 2013

Blue or Pink, What Do You Think?

We found out last week and had a little shindig to surprise our family and some close friends.  Here are some fun pics of the big reveal!

Here's how I measured up according to the Old Wives Tales.

Everyone had to cast their vote and wear their guess.

Here's the final tally.
  I think because we have 2 girls, everyone was rooting for a boy!

Blue or Pink, what do you think?

I love seeing our playroom full!

Zoe & Arella making their official guesses a few days before.

Oh my sweet friends and the things they do for me...
Everyone is wearing their guess for the picture.

Finally, the big reveal!

Our little boy's name is Zadok Brady.

Zoe's either very excited to be a big sister or she just likes the balloon.

We're super excited to shake things up around here with a little boy!  Many people are curious about his name as it's unusual.  Here's some background on it from my hubby:
Zadok was a priest of the tribe of Levi during the time of David’s reign. Twice during his reign two of his sons tried to usurp the king and become the King of Israel themselves. This happened early in his reign (Absalom, 2 Samuel 15) and later, near the very end of David’s life as Solomon was primed to succeed him (Adonijah, 1 Kings 1). All along the turmoil Zadok the priest stood by the side of God’s anointed, David.
Later, Ezekiel, a Prophet of God during the time of Israel’s exile to the nations and Babylon, prophesied about the new Temple and the promised return of the glory of God to it (Ezekiel 40-48, cf. Revelation 20-21; note the Ezekiel passage comes directly after the promise of the New Covenant and the return from Exile that brings it about, where Ezekiel 39:29 points to Joel 2:29, Zechariah 12:10 and finally Acts 2:17-18 as its fulfillment). During its description three times the sons of Zadok are honored as the only line who can have charge of the altar (where sacrifice is made) “to minister to me” as they, among all the Levites, did not go astray when the people went astray (during King David’s rule and subsequent coup attempts)(Ezekiel 40:46; 44:15; 48:11).

The name Zadok is derived from the Hebrew word “tsedeq” and connotes rightness or righteousness. Lately I’ve become more acutely aware of the righteousness of God which speaks in part to His faithfulness to His promises, in particular to the promise He made to Abraham in Genesis 12:3.  There God promised to Abram that through him “all the families of the earth shall be blessed”, which later was revealed by Paul as the gospel:

“Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the nations by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham saying, ‘In you all the nations shall be blessed.’” - Galatians 3:7-9

The middle name, Brady, was taken from a very influential man in my life, Father Brady. He was a priest of the Catholic Church who loved the Lord and loved people. He devoted his life to serving others and lived a simple life, eschewing titles and position (even denying the opportunity to be a Cardinal so as to stay closer to the parish and his sheep there) in favor of servanthood. He lived in a meager trailer home on my Grandmother’s property and at the end of his life he was buried in a simple pine box, void of all pomp and circumstance.

My mother made a comment that my Grandmother visits his grave annually and leaves flowers because he, like many if not all other priests, has no family since they never marry nor have children. It is they, she noticed, that are most easily forgotten since no one lives on to carry his name. I was determined not to let that happen. Since we had already chosen Zadok as our son’s name it made perfect sense to give him the middle name after Father Brady - they complimented one another so well: priest, devotion, and a love for the Lord.