9.03.2012

Behind the Name (guest post from Molly)

Rayne has told you all that she has a namesake....how blessed this baby is to be named for her Aunt RaRa! But Rayne didn't share all of the reasons why we chose this special name for our daughter....

Baby Rayne - 6 days old

I've known for years - long before marriage and pregnancy - that I wanted to name my daughter Rayne.  There's a little family tradition that I wanted to continue - I was named for my Mom's college roommate and close friend, Molly....Mom was named for Gramma's (her mom's) college roommate, Patricia - "Patti"....so of course I wanted my daughter to be named after Rayne, my roommate of nearly 7 years and the best friend a girl can ask for.  But there were a few more reasons why I was set on this name for our daughter....

at Mac & Lacey's wedding 2006 - 4th year living together
4 generations and the name tradition continues

The name Rayne means abundant blessings from above. Yes, please!  

Rich sharing the news that it's a GIRL and her name is RAYNE! 



I've always loved to see Mom and Molly together - still such good friends, quick to offer prayers for each other and able to pick up just like "old times" when together.  Their friendship has served as a wonderful example to me over the years. I know that Rayne and I will be friends throughout our lives and I know that God will always sit at the center of our friendship.  I am thrilled that my daughter will grow up with our friendship as a model for her to follow as she forms her own friendships.


Molly (who I'm named for), me and Mom at my bridesmaids luncheon

I've always felt so blessed to be named for such a Godly woman, who is devoted to her husband and children and quick to offer support throughout my life.  Now, you all know Rayne - either personally or through her blog - so you know what a FAITHFUL DAUGHTER of Christ, DEVOTED WIFE and LOVING MOTHER she is...how could I not want these qualities as an influential example in my daughter's life??  (Fun, fabulous style, quick sense of humor, incredibly smart and talented in her work....these qualities are just icing on the cake!)  I am thrilled that my daughter will grow up with Aunt RaRa's example of how we are called to live our lives....serving Christ and her family with such a giving and loving heart.



at Baby Rayne's baptism

I am thrilled that my daughter's name is RAYNE.  Rich might have taken a little convincing - let's face it, the name Rayne is a little unique - but he absolutely adores and loves the name!  We are so richly blessed by the Rayne's in our life!!


9 comments:

Jamie Helms said...

What an awesome way to honor friendship! I love knowing the back story. So precious!

Nancy said...

How precious. What an honor & blessing!! Congrats to both of you!

Caroline Bobo said...

Love the guest post Mols :) Such a sweet friendship and so special you named Rayne after her Aunt RaRa!! I too look forward to watching little Rayne grow and follow the example of her namesake!! So sweet!!

Margaret said...

Loved reading this. How special.

Olivia said...

Love this, so sweet! Thanks for sharing the whole story.

Molly Hargather said...

this is precious. i may have even gotten a little teary (especially when I saw the picture of Rayne's face when she found out). love you girls, and love that y'all are still so close!

leslie the young mother said...

What a beautiful and special story! Y'all are the sweetest of friends and what a wonderful story and blessing to pass along to your children. Congratulations to y'all!!!

Angie said...

This is so sweet! I got teary reading this. What a blessing you are to so many people, Rayne!

Mac Russell said...

I am so excited for all the best of times you all will get to share together, too!!! I did such a great job with my Rayne, even though it obviously is God that helps her stay perfect;) May yours be what ours has ALWAYS been...the sweetest, most fun blessing to be around! Even back when she was annoying it was mostly just because I was jealous;) Thank the Lord for great friendships and traditions. Roll Tide!!!