Friday, August 28, 2009


Thanks for waiting so patiently! Without further are our babies!

Growing up, I had a List of Names I Plan to Name My Children. The list was rather long, and I fully intended to utilize every name on it. When I married Tom, his list wasn't quite as long as mine, but he didn't run away screaming when I mentioned it. We didn't have a specific number of children in mind, but we both knew we wanted several. The only name he talked about using was Preston. Try as he might to convince me it was in honor of the trucking company, he eventually had to confess to hearing it in the movie Tucker: The Man and His Dreams.

When I was about 11, I watched an episode of Little House on the Prairie that featured a teenage boy named Dylan. I loved the name, and it immediately went on my List. I planned to combine it with Michael, as my closest cousin bore that name. (Even though he was 5 years younger than me, we shared a special bond that probably had much to do with him ALMOST getting away with cutting my stringy, long hair when I was about 10 or so. My brother, unfortunately, saw Michael sneak the scissors into the room, and put an immediate stop to it. Darn it all, but that's neither here nor there for purposes of this story.)

Tom had no problem with the name Michael, but he wasn't so crazy about Dylan. It reminded him of the singer Bob Dylan. Not being aware of anything more than the fact that there IS a singer named Bob Dylan, I wasn't qualified to determine if one of our children should be saddled with the same name, so I left that choice to him. Each time I was pregnant, however, I would ask again if we could name our baby boy Dylan Michael. The answer was always "No".

So the children arrived. (For proof, see the sidebar ---->)

Preston Thomas - naturally, Daddy's namesake. Fine. I like it.

Emmanuel Lucas - compromised, because Daddy wanted Clayton, and I didn't care for it all that much, so we sat down together with a baby name book. Emmanuel is only Emmanuel when he's in trouble, however, as he prefers Bucky, his nickname from birth.

Gabriel Timothy - again, compromised, because I had agreed to Clayton this time, but still didn't really care for it. Daddy acquiesced when Mommy had to endure 48 hours of labor and an emergency C-section. Timothy is a family name on both sides. Gabriel is a Biblical angel, Gabe has Angelman Syndrome...yes, I do look for the small connections.

Savannah Renee - a name on my List from early on, chosen after seeing the previews of the movie Savannah Smiles, which I never even watched until after she was born. Renee is my niece and my high school best friends' middle name. And obviously, Dylan wouldn't have been a good choice for a female.

Then the babies stopped. Having 4 children in 5 years tends to make one rethink their List, and the worsening post partum depression with each pregnancy played a major role in our decision to save some of the cool names for other people.

If you've been around here for very long, you know that we didn't stop wanting more children just because we made the final decision to not birth more. You know that we now have 2 more children, placed here courtesy of the Ohio Foster Care System. You also know that we received adoption approval for those 2 children a few months ago.

Today, I can introduce you to the newest members of our family.

At 9 AM this morning, our two babies legally became our children.

After a 16 month, 19 day waiting period, the adoption is final and they share our last name.

Our babies are biological siblings. Our little boy came to us on April 9, 2008. His birth mother was pregnant at the time. On July 7, she gave birth to a little girl, who came to live with us at 9 days of age.

We changed their last name only. Our daughter's name is Tiffany Navayah.

...and our little boy's name?

Dylan Michael.

Is my God good, or what?!?


Persnickety Ticker said...

Wow! That is the coolest story...EVER!

Congrats! You have a beautiful family!

Natalie said...

Congratulations! What two perfect additions to your family. And given their names, it was definitley meant to be!!

The Mother said...

Mazel Tov! We've been pulling for you. Have a huge party and a wonderful weekend.

Paula said...

Congrats!! That is awesome news. Dylan Michael?? Really? God is good!!

*~Tamara~* said...

I'm still amazed. :-)

The Mom With Brownies said...

How Exciting! Congratulations to all of you. Tiffany's middle name is just heavenly. :o)

Love to you all!

Wendy said...

Yay! Yay! Woohoo! I'm jumping for joy here while I type!

You hadn't mentioned this in so long, and I was afraid to ask, for fear something had gone wrong. I'm so glad for all of you today!

sarah bess said...

Wow, amazing!!! Amazing. No wonder your naming plans were frustrated again and again. You're a great storyteller; you had me riveted. Excited for your whole family about the adoption!!!

Deanna said...

Thank you, everyone! The party is being planned. ;-)

Elise said...

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
The way He works is humbling, awesome, and always perfect.

Grandy said...

SWEET!!!! RIGHT ON!!!! Congratulations to you and your family. I know it's been a hurdle for you and your family, and now you are complete.