The naming of our children wasn't something we took lightly, we felt each of our children should be given a name with rich meaning. Arthur and I prayed about each name and talked at length for many hours, days, and months about the name that should be given to each of our children. A name is like the first gift you ever give your child, it can carry great meaning with it. Our hope is that our children will look at their names as a blessing, rich with meaning.
Laura... she was named as you know after me. Out of all our children this name was the least planned and talked about name. It seemed once we had decided Elizabeth then we needed another name. So, Arthur looked at me and said "Laura", that's what her first name should be. Elizabeth was now to be Laura Elizabeth, and I was a very proud Mama that Arthur would want her to have my name. Now that she is getting older having the first same name can be hard, even though everyone calls her Elizabeth. The doctors offices, and all legal papers say Laura. Like a few weeks ago when she order a few things, UPS dropped off the parcel and it said Laura Munck, I opened them...oops wrong Laura! I promised her I would do better, I felt so sad that she wasn't able to open her new CD or her gift for Rebekah.
Elizabeth...The name Elizabeth was Arthur's mothers name. Elizabeth passed away several years before Arthur and I married, so I never had the pleasure of meeting her. From the moment I became pregnant Arthur and I both knew this baby would be named Elizabeth if it was a girl. Well, Elizabeth it was and it's very fitting for her. From all the stories I have heard about her grandmother Elizabeth, it sounds like our Elizabeth is much like her a lover of the Lord strong in her beliefs, and set on sharing her faith.
Martha...means Lady! The name Martha is my mothers name, she's very much a worker and seeks to please others. She also has the name Martha from the Bible who sought to work hard for the Lord to please him and others. I see Amanda as a Martha and a Mary, she knows how and when to work but also when to sit back and slow down. Lady...oh Amanda is such the little lady. Out of our 3 oldest girls she is the girlist (I know not a word!) of the girls! She likes all things girl like jewelry, nail polish, purses, and skirts all the way! So, Lady does come to mind when I think of her:)
Amanda...this name was Arthur's maternal grandmothers name, she was a very Godly woman who loved the Lord deeply, the Bible, and had no fear for she knew who her protector was. This being a very fitting name for Amanda, she has a gift for reciting God's Word. To this day I often think you know I could call Amanda by Martha just as easily, and she looks like a Martha or an Amanda!
Rebekah...her name was taken from the Bible along with it's spelling. Rebekah from the Bible was chosen by God to be Isaac's wife. A lot can be taken from Rebekah, she was chosen by God, and in her weakness made a flesh choice to favor Jacob over Esau. Yet in the end God turned it around and Rebekah found favor in the God. Isn't this the way of our human flesh, but what a wonderful thing that we can learn from the Bible of others mistakes and weaknesses. Then see the grace and love God has poured out on them later. Our Rebekah as a little girl didn't like her name because of this story but, I believe it has a powerful message for this is where the 12 tribes began! Our Rebekah was a chosen gift by God for our family.
Marie...was my great-aunts name, she was lots of fun and the life of the party. She was upbeat and always ready for company and entertaining family/friends. She kept the family smiling and laughing.....just like Rebekah does us!
Madison..this was the last name of our 4th President James Madison, who worked hard during his presidency but was better known for his legislation. My grandmothers favorite uncles name was Madison. He took her in as a child in the summers during the depression and treated her as one of his own children. I have always had fond memories of the stories she shared of him and his family.
Harold...the name Harold comes from a long line of Harolds, this name wasn't hard to pick. Madison is the 4th Munck in a row to carry the name Harold. It is Arthur's middle name too, it was Arthur's fathers first name, and it was his fathers first name.... the name started from Madison's great grandfather back in the late 1800's (more about the first Harold further down in the post). All the men in the Munck family that have carried the name Harold have been strong in their faith. The 2 that have gone on to be with the Lord have left a rich heritage and legacy behind.
Jonathan...3 word meaning...Gift of God, and he truly was from day one! The name Jonathan is my brothers name, and from the Bible. Jonathan was a loyal friend to David, our Jonathan is just that a gift and loyal!
Michael...the name Michael is after Arthur's close friend Michael Galloway. Michael has been apart of our lives from almost the beginning of our marriage. He has been there for about everything vacation, sickness, births of babies (well maybe not the actual birth but, he kept our kids several times in the middle of the night when I went to give birth) babysitting, ball games, holidays....yep you name it he's been around! Michael is a very soft spoken man, one of great patience (ask his wife), loving, sensitive, and a follower of Christ. Michael, yes, a special name to go along with Gift of God-Jonathan!
James...the name came from the disciple James in the Bible, we hope one day our James will be a fisher of men for our Lord.
Peter...this is a family name, it Arthur's paternal grandfather's name. Being James great grandfathers name. Harold Peter was a Captain in WW1, kept the ledger Gutzon Borglum during the work on Mount Rushmore, a leader in his community from banking, to teaching at the college, and a strong man of faith. He passed away doing something he loved teaching Sunday School in his Methodist church.
Stephen...in the Bible Stephen was martyred and stoned for his faith in Christ, truly a strong man firm in his faith. From early on in pregnancy we knew that this boy was going to be named Stephen, that was after we got over the shock that he wasn't a girl. Our first ultrasound we were told Stephen was a girl, 6 weeks later they said "oops, no it's a boy"! Right after that ultrasound the name Stephen came to both Arthur and myself, on the same day. It wasn't a name we had ever discussed, so we knew it was a name from the Lord when we both told each other we had come up with a good name....it was the same name Stephen.
Arthur...as you know this name came from his father, who I think is the best husband, dad, friend, he is a follower of Christ and a man who seeks to die to self daily! The name goes a step further than that. Arthur was named after his great-uncle Arthur Munck, who was a senator in South Dakota. He was a man of faith, strong leadership, and stood up for helping others and his state/country.
William ...is named after his Uncle Bill (William), Arthur's brother in law. We have a great deal of respect for Bill, his faith in the Lord and his values. It took us many years to have a William. When I was pregnant with our first 3 children they were all going to be named William, but they ended up being girls so the name didn't work:) Then, when Madison came along, we didn't feel lead that he was to be named William. So, we waited until boy #5, and it's the perfect name for him! William loves his Uncle Bill and enjoys it when they come to visit.
Daniel...this was Arthur's maternal grandfathers name, Amanda's husband. It is also the name of Daniel from the Bible in which we can all learn many life lessons from, the book of Daniel gives you a vivid look into Daniels heart.
Wesley...this name came pretty easy to us as well, for 2 reasons. First one being for our dear friend Mr. Wes as our children refer to him. He is a strong headed, determined, passionate about others, and loves the Lord and working for Him. Second for Charles and John Wesley whom I have over the years come to admire and enjoy so many of their teachings....and no we aren't Methodist, but you know you can learn lots from those who sought to follow Christ and were on fire for the Lord! When we see the determination and spunk come out in Wesley, we know he's following in Mr. Wes' footsteps;)
Philip...is Wesley's granddaddy's name (Arthur's father Harold), it is also his Uncle Philip's name (Arthur's brother). Both of these men have so many similarities, all good ones. They both love the Lord, family, and baseball! Each one has a very soft loving nature too, and Uncle Philip he can quote scripture or verse with eloquence and ease. Granddaddy was in WWII, a journalist, taught at a college, was head of the Tennessee Emergency Management, and was always thrilled when all the family was together.
Ruth Ella Katherine
Ruth...her name is 2 part. The first being after Arthur's Aunt Ruth, his mothers little sister. When Ruth Ella was born I looked down at her and thought WOW, she looks so much like her big sister Elizabeth and she still does. Well, Arthur and I had been talking/praying about the name Ruth for several months but hadn't made a decision. After we thought about how much Elizabeth and Ruth Ella looked alike, and that Grandma Elizabeth and Aunt Ruth looked a lot alike too....well Ruth it had to be! The second being from Ruth in the Bible, what a strong amazing woman she was!
Ella...this was Arthur's paternal grandmothers name, wife of Harold Peter. Ella was a wife, mother, nurse, and a Christian. Her husband and children meant the world to her, and she often wrote letters to her 2 grown children to encourage them in their work and faith.
Katherine...meaning Pure! This is a third name, one that we don't often use. It's a beautiful name that other than it growing in our hearts didn't come from a person in which we are close to or personally acquainted. The word pure describes the look we see in Ruth Ella's face, simply pure!
We have until May of 2011 to chose just the right name for our new addition to the Munck Family! We are thrilled beyond measure to be given another gift from the Lord!
Behold children are a heritage of the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one's youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them
Mary Ann Faith
Mary....The name Mary comes from both sides of our family. Mary was Arthur's moms first name, she was Mary Elizabeth. Arthur's maternal grandmother was Mary Amanda. Mary is also after my paternal great-grandmother Mary Louise, but she goes by Louise.
Ann....is after my maternal great-grandmother Ann, who is now 91 and going strong!
"Mary Ann"...also happens to be the name of one of Arthur's first cousins. We love you Mary Ann!
Faith....this is something that we choose to live by! And defined it's an unquestioning belief in God, complete trust, confidence, or reliance.
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.