Saturday, July 30, 2005

Raia's name

Several people have asked about Raia's name, so I'll write about that here. (I remember that I answered everyone's questions about Jaan's name soon after he was born, too. Click here for that.) Now is a good time, while she's asleep, and Jaan's "swimming" right here near me on the balcony. There isn't that much to say about it, though.

Really, we just chose the name because we like it. It is a Russian name. It's usually short for Raisa, which our name book says is from Greek and means obedient and compliant. Our Raia is just Raia, not Raisa, though. That's also really close to the Russian word for paradise (rai). The other Raia that we know says that her parents named her Raia, because she was such a heavenly baby. We can say the same about our Raia.


Anonymous said...

Praise be to God for blessing you with the miracle of Raia! We pray she will grow up obedient not only to you, but to her heavenly Father as well.

Much love--Mom

Anonymous said...

Pretty name!

BabaJulie said...

She sounds like a "heavenly" baby! We can't wait to see her in person! Love to All!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love your baby girl's name!! :-) How wonderful that it's a Russian name as well and such a beautiful meaning. Praying for your entire blessed family as you serve Jesus on the mission field in which He has called you to. May the Lord open the heavens of blessings upon each one of you!!