On this particular evening in 2006 that I became a tour guide for Gerard, there was an exhibit of photos from Drake's first several classes of graduates. Classes from 1881, '82, '83 and on into the early 1900's stared back at us as we read the names of the students in each group. The classes were small enough that each image listed every name, first and last...
Call us old souls in young bodies, but as we read through several names, something sparked. We weren't officially dating yet but just getting to know each other and somehow, when the name "Adelaide" was read outloud, I immediately thought, "Oh Lord, we just named our first daughter."
Now, the nicknames...Gerard uses Addie and I use Laidy. Mostly, I use Laidy because she was so modest in her 20 week ultrasound, barely letting us know that she was in fact a girl. I want to always remember that modesty and lady-like quality about her. It can also serve as a reminder to her as she grows up.
See? She even has her pinkie raised in this image-always the little lady:
Her name has "fit" in so many ways as we've lived through these sleep-deprived two weeks that I know we were in that Reading Room at the right moment way back in 2006. Amazing how God can place the right things literally in front of our faces to keep in our proverbial back pocket for use years in advance. I love how He works it out like that.