Naming a Baby at The Door of Hope

April 5, 2012

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Update from Alysaa and The Door  of Hope, “It definitely feels like I am working around the clock.  In our home, we have 12 babies (11 are on the same feeding schedule), and they have only been scheduling two aunties to work.  That means that one person typically has five or six babies, one to seven months old, by themselves.  The craziest part of the day is the morning because we have to clean them and change their clothes. It’s a good thing I like babies so much!”

This is why the volunteer work at The Door of Hope is so crucial. Because of these volunteers these little babies receive the love and care they so desperately need.

Alyssa has officially moved to “Auntie” status. One of the honors of being an Auntie is getting to name the babies. Not long ago, Alyssa was given the honor of naming a new born baby. She gave consideration to all of the little boy names she likes but then settled on one with a personal connection to our family. She named the baby after her Great Grandfather (our father’s father) . . .

That’s our grandfather to the left with our father.

Alyssa’s nephew (Joyce’s oldest grandson) also shares this name as his middle name.

The name that is given to a baby stays with that baby forever. When a baby is adopted into his Forever Family, he keeps his given name and takes on his family’s last name.

My sisters and I are very sentimental and have a reputation of being big criers! When I read Alyssa’s story of naming the little baby, tears came to my eyes. It’s amazing to realize that through Alyssa, our family and our grandfather, born and raised on a poor Texas farm, will forever be connected to a baby in South Africa. Look at our father and his family on the farm during the depression. How could they have ever imagined touching the life of a baby on the other side of the world . . .

God works in Good and Mysterious ways!

Life with Jeannine (Joyce & Alyssa)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara H April 5, 2012 at 11:45 am

Awesome! I am loving Alyssa’s story! She sounds like such a special young lady!

Sarah Avery April 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

That is so precious! Look at his little hands! Alyssa is so blessed to experience something so awesome!

Tara H April 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Guess what!? My husband (along with some more men from our church) is going on a mission’s trip (next January) to Johannesburg. It really is a small (big) world! :)

Jeannine April 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Our connection to Johannesburg is that is where my friend Marianne and her family live. Her husband is a pastor and occasionally we are blessed with a visit when they travel to the USA to work with churches here in the States. The visits are far and few between but we are thankful for our time together.

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