We had been praying that we could choose a name that would fit our little guy, but it wasn't until a few days into his life that we knew for sure what his name should be.
And Oliver Ellis it was!
Oliver is a French name. Of course, we love Europe! But his name has more significance than that. It means "olive tree". The biblical olive tree symbolizes fruitfulness and beauty and dignity. Extending an olive branch signifies an offer of peace.
And that is what sealed the deal. Within just a few minutes of him being born, we could tell that our little Oliver brought a lot of heavenly peace with him.
Yes, he's only a few weeks old, but we can see that he has a sweet, content, calm spirit about him that has given us a tremendous amount of peace.
Having Evelyn was a rough adjustment for me. So much so in fact, that I wondered if we would ever get to 3. But having Oliver in our family has been such a sweet, peaceful experience. I feel content with who I am and have felt so much peace since he's been home with us.
Ellis. Ellis is Brandon's mom's dad's name. Brandon has always spoke so highly of his grandpa Ellis Wilson. When our little family visited them in Oregon earlier this year, I came to grow and love him and his sweet wife Millie so much. They are the kindest people. Ellis has a great sense of humor. He loves serving others. The day we left, we found him out detailing and washing our car just because. And when we called them to share our news of Oliver being born, he was out helping someone from his Catholic church congregation hang up towel bars in their house. He is a good, good man.
He has an awesome workshop/shed that is bigger than most garages. He is handy. Brandon remembers going on tractor rides as a boy and helping him in their huge garden.
Although we differ in religions, he is spiritual and devoted to his faith.
He loves to read. He has about 1,000 National Geographic Magazines in his library and loves to share cool facts and things he has read about.
He is super funny. Brandon always loves talking to him and has many fond memories of sitting at this very window seat in their house and chatting.
Ellis is a wonderful man. We can't wait for our Oliver Ellis to meet him. Hopefully soon!