The meaning behind her name is quite significant to us because she is named after my dearest friend, Becca Rankin, who passed away a little over a year ago from cancer at age 33. What you say? How is that?
Well, Becca's full name is Rebecca Joy Swanson Rankin. Obviously, the "Joy" is pretty self explanitory. We hope and pray our little princess is filled with a joyful spirit just like Becca was. The Ava gets a bit more complicated, but is perfect for her in every way to us. Ava means "like a bird" and as most of you know, Becca and I have called each other Batman and Robin (like a bird) for years in jest. It was a silly fun thing to do as girlfriends but became near and dear to me at the time of her death. Something between just the two of us, something silly, but something meant for only the other one because I can assure you there is no other Robin in the world quite like mine... I love you Robin. I miss you more than ever, but as I sat in your funeral a year ago, and I prayed that if God would choose to bless us with another little girl one day, I wanted to honor you and in turn honor Him by blessing her with your name in this unique and special way.
Little Ava Joy, I love you and prayed for you with an overwhelming pain in my heart and the Lord has somehow shown me great mercy and compassion and blessed us with a precious baby girl to love on and Lord-willing raise for His glory. I pray first and foremost, you choose to accept His free gift of salvation and desire to serve Him just as He serves us. My Robin was a servant girl herself and blessed many with her example of a servant's heart. She served others with joy and was a blessing to all those that knew her.
Ava: like a bird
Joy: filled with joy
|My Girls: Al, myself, my Robin, and Anna|
|Psalms 15:30 As for God, His way is perfect; He is a shield to all those that put their trust in Him."|
|My last note to my bestie: |
"Batman and Robin
Forever and Ever.
In the sweet by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore."
|"And Batman needs a Robin."|
"His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning."
And that she has...
|The necklaces my sister gave to me for Christmas in remembrance of my Robin.|
I wore these during my labor and was able to tell several nurses about my Robin.
And so she continues to speak to others in her death, and now in new life.