Well, hi there.

It has been awhile. So much has been happening around here. And I am so very tired…because of two very awesome but energetic little boys…and a tiny babe that we are getting super excited to meet (only six weeks left!). But I thought it was time for a little update. A very random update. Here are a few things to catch you up on…

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First, the winners of the Minted giveaway are…

Michaela Kruli & Alissa Reynolds

Congrats ladies! You should have an email from me with you $100 credit code sometime today. Yay! I am working on picking photos for the Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art. I can’t wait to get it!

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There has been some major room rearranging going on around here. Levi’s room (on the left) is turning into the baby’s nursery. And Griffin’s room (on the right) is now the boys’ shared room. Furniture has been moved, crib taken down, bunk beds set up, and some painting is happening today. Thankfully, my pregnancy brain was thinking clearly enough to remember to take pics of Griffin’s nursery before I tore it apart…so some room tours should be coming soon. Nothing like a nursery tour two and a half years late, right?!;)

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The boys and I took a trip to San Diego to visit my parents. We loved our time with them and had so much fun. I have so many pictures to share from our beach adventures…hopefully soon. And apparently the Cali sun was a little too bright for Levi in this one.

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While we were gone, Joel set up bunk beds for the boys. They were so excited. They have been talking about sharing a room and their new beds for months. I am so grateful they love each other…most of the time. So when we got home we jumped right into the transition of sharing a room. They have actually done pretty well. I am still trying to figure out nap time but they are doing great at night. Yay!

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We decided while we were in the midst of all these transitions why not throw in one more and potty train Griffin. Sounds reasonable, right? Ha, ha. Actually, I was dreading potty training  so much. Griffin carefully selected his Planes undies and was so excited about the whole thing. He always wants to be just like Levi, which sometimes causes a lot of drama but was very helpful in this case. Levi has been such a sweet cheerleader for his brother and Griffin has done awesome! I have used the 3 Day Potty Training method for both my boys and it has worked great for us. Obviously, I haven’t tried anything else…so I have nothing to compare it to…but what I love is that you are pretty much done with diapers and potty training in three days…even at night! Also, just in case you are wondering this is our favorite potty chair. We’ve tried others and this is by far the best. You are welcome. The last night of potty training we took the boys to the rodeo. I almost stayed home with Griffin because I wasn’t sure how he would do, but he loved the rodeo and after visiting the bathroom a million times he managed to even stay dry. So we are diaper free around here…at least for six more weeks!

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The rest of our summer has been filled with lots of time outside, mud, rainy days (so thankful for those!), planting our garden, tractor rides, toads, frogs, worms, more mud, and lots of baths. Between all the mud and potty training my washing machine is running all the time. If you want to see more of our everyday adventures (since I am not so good at blogging these days) you can follow me on Instagram. I am @jessmcclenahan

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What are you doing to stay in the Word this summer? I was already being lazy and making excuses about my quiet time so I was so thankful to start a new Bible study to help keep me accountable. My friend Julie and I are leading a community Bible study in our area again this summer. We started it last summer and it was so encouraging to me! We are doing the second book, The Lamb of God, in Nancy Guthrie’s series, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament. We just finished the first chapter and next week we dive into the study of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers in Deuteronomy. I’ve already been so challenged as I’ve started reading through Exodus. Do you want to join me? I’m not doing anything “official” on the blog this year, but if you want to join me order a book today and get started. I’ll probably be referring to this study on my blog and Instagram throughout the summer as we go through one chapter each week…that is if I ever start blogging again! Let me know in the comments if you want to join me…or tell me what you are doing to stay in the Word this summer…I’d love to hear!

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This is Finnley. Isn’t she darling? She is in Griffin’s Sunday School class at church and is the hospital fighting kidney failure due to complications with E. Coli. There was another little girl from our church fighting the same thing and we are so thankful that she has gone home now. Praise God! But we are continuing to pray for Finnley and would love if you would pray too.

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Finn’s sweet and talented aunt, Lori, made this print for her. It is now available for purchase and all the proceeds go to the Finnley Walter Benefit Fund to help pay for medical expenses. Such a cute print for such a great cause!

I think that’s about all. I told you it was going to be random. Thank you so much for all your name suggestions you left in my last post. I knew you could help us out! We still haven’t decided on names for sure but we’ve got a pretty good list going. And we still have six weeks, right??? Somehow we will decide on a name for this sweet babe who will be here before I know it!

Happy Friday!

 

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  • June 13, 2014 - 11:14 am

    Amanda - So glad you had fun in San Diego! Headed there in a few week. I cannot wait.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2014 - 1:42 pm

    Meggie - Loved this update! Thanks for sharing what y’all have been up to. =) I think the biggest, most intentional thing I’ve done this summer to stay in the Word is to make it my primary reading. I’m finishing up one other book right now, but that’s it. I’ve become so busy (and tired!) with my 3 little guys that it has been HARD getting up and ready before them with time to read my Bible and have a few minutes of quiet. And earlier this summer I felt convicted about “reading for pleasure” every now and then but neglecting my Bible. I’ve loved reading through the Gospel of John. Not sure what I’ll do next but I’m really enjoying just reading my Bible for pleasure.ReplyCancel

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    • June 15, 2014 - 3:42 pm

      Jess - Hi Meggie. Thanks so much for sharing that. I know there are so many things that I tend to pick up in the few spare moments I have between the craziness besides God’s Word too. It is such a discipline to learn to put God and His Word first. But a huge blessing when I do. I love how you are reading the Bible for pleasure. So great.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2014 - 2:35 pm

    kim - Thanks for the update! I am going to buy the book and try to follow along with you guys :-) hopefully that will help me have my daily time in the Word.ReplyCancel

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    • June 15, 2014 - 3:39 pm

      Jess - Hi Kim. So glad you are going to join us as we go through the Nancy Guthrie study. It has been so encouraging to me so far…praying it is an encouragement to you this summer too!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2014 - 6:41 pm

    Lea - What an enjoyable update! Love the nursery, and love the bunk beds. So glad you had some time with your parents. And, the Bible Study sounds great. I’m reading through the New Testament and will continue that this summer. Blessings to you as “the time” draws near.ReplyCancel

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    • June 15, 2014 - 3:37 pm

      Jess - Thanks Lea! So neat how you are reading through the New Testament. Thanks for sharing and for your encouragement!ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    Alyssa - Love the update! We are potty training too…almost there thank goodness! Glad you have that done before baby gets here!! Love their rooms, cant wait to see more, always love what you do!
    Cant wait to meet your new little guy/gal! So exciting!ReplyCancel

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    • June 15, 2014 - 3:37 pm

      Jess - Hi Alyssa. Yay for almost being done with potty training. Griffin is doing so great but we have definitely had our moments! We are getting so excited about meeting this babe of ours. Thanks for being excited along with us!ReplyCancel

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  • June 14, 2014 - 4:50 pm

    Debby Graber - I was just thinking about you yesterday! Was Joel as pumped as Al about the community life thing? So thankful for His leading in this and anxious to see what happens!
    Did you know that there were actually 9 kiddos who ended up with the e.coli from church? 3 ended up in the hospital with 2 of them developing into HUS. What a difficult time this has been and still continues to be. I can see the enemy attack through this – yet, I have seen the Lord triumph in many ways – in the relationships of the girls with eachother and also with the Lord. How that walk has deepend in the storm!!ReplyCancel

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    • June 15, 2014 - 3:36 pm

      Jess - Hi Debby! Yes, we are so excited about the community life thing too. Can’t wait to see what God does. I didn’t realize there were quite so many kids sick. That is a lot! This has been a difficult time for sure. So thankful for the Lord’s healing and the ability to see His hand through the hard things.ReplyCancel

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  • June 16, 2014 - 7:16 am

    Diane taylor - Hey Jess – sorry I have not commented in awhile either. And I have no excuse!!! It is really hard to find the time for my Bible reading but lately I have made time whenever I can. Early morning, late at nite….whenever I can. I love my Jesus Calling calendar – reading it feels like a true conversation with Jesus. I got my parents one for Christmas (in large print of course!) and my mom says they read the day’s passage aloud together. That makes me smile :) A gift they use every day. The next book I want to read is Love Does…..have you read it? I am so happy for you with your third baby coming. I include your family in my daily prayers. Yesterday was such a hard day for my son Jonathan’s dad – but he made it thru, we are missing Jonathan more as time goes by.

    Take care of yourself and enjoy these summer days!

    xxoo – DianeReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2014 - 8:01 am

    Sarah D. - Haaaaa…. guess what book I started a few weeks ago!? Isn’t it so good!? Wish I were there to do it with you guys!ReplyCancel

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    • July 2, 2014 - 7:51 am

      Jess - Yay!! Yes, soooo good. Wish we could do the study together too. Miss you!ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2014 - 8:07 pm

    Adrienne - Love your metal bunk beds! Please share where you got such a cute set! ThanksReplyCancel

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  • June 22, 2014 - 5:04 pm

    Leiah - So you figure the $27 is a good investment for the potty training book? Or can you find the method else where?ReplyCancel

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    • July 2, 2014 - 7:49 am

      Jess - I’m not sure if you can find the method anywhere else?? I think it would be worth the investment. It worked for me…but like I said I haven’t tried anything else so I am nothing to compare it to. :) ReplyCancel

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30 week collage

Last week before I left for California Joel took the last picture in my collage…at 30 weeks. This week marks 31 weeks. Only nine weeks to go and I am feeling like this sweet babe is going to be here before we know it. We are getting so excited to meet him/her. I have done absolutely nothing to prepare. Joel set up new bunk beds for the boys while we have been gone, so the room rearranging can officially start when we get home. Lots to do after we get back tomorrow and lots of changes ahead!

This time around we are having more trouble with girls names than boys names. I guess we must just be in that boy mindset since there are two little boys running around our house. So, I need your help! Nine weeks to go and we need to start narrowing down a few names for this little one. Any suggestions? I would love to hear some of your favorites. Or names (boy & girl) that you think would go with Cora, Levi and Griffin. I’m hoping you can help me out…and maybe we can decide on some names this week!

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    Jody - OliveReplyCancel

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    Leslie - Carly :) ReplyCancel

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    Kim - Girl: Piper or Alice
    Boy: Nathan (of course) :) ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 4:46 am

    Rossella - Hi! I write from Italy, so I suggest you names like: Gaia (that means “Happy”) or Luce (it means “Light”) or Sara, that is the name we chose for our baby (but we had a boy! Yeah!).
    I read you since long time and I’m very happy to hug you and your belly.
    Excuse me for my english: I don’t speak it very well.
    Kisses from Verona to all of you.ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 5:03 am

    Sara - I second the Piper suggestion- I have a new niece named Piper :) Other ideas: Stella, Eliza, Sadie.ReplyCancel

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    Mindy - I like Brooklyn :) my daughters name & Amelia.. Also Avalyn :) I think that Samuel is great ! And, would go with Levi & Griffin. I also like Nathaniel.ReplyCancel

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    Mary - So excited for you! Would like to suggest Nell or Lucia. Happy Baby!ReplyCancel

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    Carley - How about Joanna? It means “Gift of God.”ReplyCancel

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    MurdocksMama - One of my favorites {we didn’t use because our last name starts with an H} is Harper. Good luck, I know just how daunting the name game is! :) ReplyCancel

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    Katrina - Olivia ReplyCancel

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    Leeshy - Cheyenne, Susannah, TaliaReplyCancel

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    jenny - anna, annabelle, katie, adaline…those are just some of my favorites. :) ReplyCancel

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    Michelle S. - I have a Lola so of course I love that name. The meaning isn’t great but since she is named after family, it is special to us. I also like Stella, Adelaide, Maeve, Cecille, Tess and Ruby. (I adore “older” names.)ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 6:58 am

    sharron - Cooper for a girl or a boy. Carly. Grant. Hudson. Jude for a girl or a boy.
    Good Luck!ReplyCancel

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    Aimee - I sure do like my kiddos names….Kaitlyn and KysenReplyCancel

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    Sherre Heider - Tessa Mae
    Claire
    Hayden
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    Glenda - Claire, Rose Amelia, or Madison for a girl & Jaxon, Caleb, Jonas, or Jeremiah for a boy.ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 7:22 am

    Clare - I love Grace, Evie, Ryan, Jude and Daniel but I’m sure whichever name you chose will suit your new little one perfectly. Hugs to you all from England ☺☺ :) ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 7:27 am

    Beth - I also read that Tessa means fourth child. Or Leah. Anna is my favorite. Daniel, Blake, Wyatt, Max or Sam.ReplyCancel

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    Liesel - I like Mila and Ivy.ReplyCancel

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    Katie - I have a daughter named Leah and I love her name.
    I also like the name Mara (or Marah) for a girl.
    Best of luck to you!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 7:39 am

    Katy - Sutton for boy or girlReplyCancel

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    babykatesmom - I have a Jack & a Kate (Kathryn), I think they are great names!

    I like Noah, Charlie or Wyatt for a boy & Anna or Grace for a girl.

    I pretty much had my heart set on Stella Grace or Grace Margaret if Jack had been a girl :) I think girl names are hard!ReplyCancel

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    SLK - I have 4 boys so I’ve never been able to use the girl name I’ve loved! Sylvie has always been my favorite for a little girl.ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 8:10 am

    kasey - I love names! I think Mila, Lena, Marlowe, Lucy, and Hope are beautiful names! I am so anxious to find out if it’s a boy or girl! Good luck!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 8:12 am

    Cristin - Girls: Charlotte, Ava, Nora
    Boys: Noah, Vincent, DavisReplyCancel

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    GB Jost - Well I am partial to Claire…:)
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    Brandi W. - My little guys name is Carson and that’s always been my favorite boy name. I love Sophia or Ava for a girl.ReplyCancel

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    Emily - My niece is Emery – named after our grandfather, Emory.ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 8:37 am

    Becky M - Hi! It’s Becky from craft weekend. I’m 34 weeks now and being induced in three…yikes! Colin and Noah (4 and 2.5) started sharing their room three weeks ago and they are finally settling in (the first night was 2 hours of up and down!) I hope Levi and Griffin make a smooth transition! We have settled on naming our little one Megan, but loved Molly and Maeve, too (we were going for an “M” name). Looking forward to seeing if a little girl or guy is waiting for you in there! Take Care!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 8:51 am

    Stacy - I like Emery and Olivia and Gemma. I have the opposite problem as you I have no problem with girl names but really struggle with boy names.ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 9:02 am

    Elizabeth - I have a Cora (my middle child) and her older sister is Elaine and younger brother is Dixon- if he would’ve been a girl, the name would’ve been Alice. I also liked Audrey and other “classic” names with Cora. Good luck! Names are tough :) ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 9:19 am

    Ange Movius - AdelineReplyCancel

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    Katie - Sam and KateReplyCancel

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    Vicki - Love the name JustineReplyCancel

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    Danielle W - I’m partial to Clara or June for a little girl! I’m hoping to convince the hubs that we should use one of those if we have a girl next ;) ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 9:46 am

    Jennifer - Mostly girl names come to mind probably because we have 3 daughters! :) I’m thinking Ava, Isabelle, Evelyn, Lilly, Charlotte, Norah, Stella. Those are the firsts that came to mind. Picking a name is so hard, but so fun!ReplyCancel

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    Amy - Layla for a girl! So pretty and goes well with the other kiddos names!ReplyCancel

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    Amanda - I have three girls, Ruby Colette, Lola Page and June Vivian.
    Boy names? My favorite is Hank.ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 10:07 am

    Brady W. - Love the names Tessa and Emery (as soon as you asked about girl names, Emery popped in my mind!). It means brave :) Can’t wait to find out if you’re having a boy or a girl!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 10:08 am

    Mary Ann - All the commenters listed such beautiful names. I like Megan, Caitlyn (or Katlyn), Jesse (boy or girl), Ivy, Amelia. Boy names…someone mentioned Carson, but then there’s Easton, Tracker, Tyson, Andrew (Drew), Cole, Adam. There many wonderful names and I’m sure boy or girl, you will come up with the perfect name for this little one. You are adorable. Can’t wait to see photos of your 4th little Mac baby!!ReplyCancel

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    Alice H - Somebody mentioned Alice and I think it is a great name. I am kind of partial to it!

    Samuel, Milo, Calvin, Brooks

    Mollie Eden
    Jules Marie
    Harlow, Charlotte, MarleyReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 10:13 am

    Alice H - I forgot I also like the name Hazel. But I am afraid it will become more popular with the book/movie The Fault in our Stars.ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 10:24 am

    Caitlin - I have a Sam, but if I ever have a girl she will be Lucy. :) Also really love the name Haven. Can’t wait to see this little one!ReplyCancel

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    amber - Ok. I never do this, but Lyla came to mind. Just for what it’s worth;). Have fun. I love choosing names…once it’s done. Lol! You’ll find the perfect name for a sweet girl. Praying for you guys!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 10:32 am

    Ellis - We have a 4 month old boy named Walt (short for Walter after his grandfather) but if we’d had a girl, her name would have been Sadie (nickname for Sarah-another family name).ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 10:43 am

    Lisa H - Olive, Piper, Ella, Stella, Scarlett, Savannah and Sydnie.ReplyCancel

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    patricia dallas - hello from germany!!!!i like your blog a lot!!!! how about,sophia or lou,for a girl and for a boy my favorite would be,noah or bo……..lovely greetings to you and your sweet family ,patriciaReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 11:06 am

    Shannon - I’m 20 weeks with a girl and we are naming her Grady Jane. :) ReplyCancel

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    gram - “Ruby” for a girl, for “She is more precious than rubies” and “her price is far above rubies” (Proverbs).ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 11:41 am

    EmmaG - How about Avia for a girl? Love the belly pics!ReplyCancel

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    Jess - We have a boy named Davis, and the next names on our list are Nora & Evan. :) ReplyCancel

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    Lani - I like Riley for a girl’s name and Declan for a boy. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy. I love reading about your family and watching your family grow.ReplyCancel

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    Sharon - Girl names i like: Hope. Elizabeth. Kate. Catherine.
    My boys are named: Noah, Seth & EzraReplyCancel

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    Lisa - I have no girls – only boys :-) – but have always been partial to Ava or Avery.ReplyCancel

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    Kati - Oliver & MaggieReplyCancel

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    Cora - Boy- Tucker or Carson
    Girl- Lila or DelaneyReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 12:04 pm

    Jill - Hi Jess, you’ve chosen such beautiful and fitting names for your children, I think you two will come up with the perfect name for your new little one as well! I think Cora, Levi, Griffin, and Hannah go well together. Also love Naomi and Simone.ReplyCancel

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    Toni :O) - I think Nina would be cute for a girl or Liam for a boy. So excited for you all!ReplyCancel

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    Jamie B - Oh how we love our baby names :) While I have two girls, neither with this name, I love the name Willow! And….I think it sounds wonderful with your other three children’s names!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    Leah Hunt - How about a name with an “ie”/”y” sound at the end…like Maggie, Sadie or Lucy, Lilly? All cheerful, girlie and a touch southern. Blessings to you and yours! P.S I have both a Maggie Caroline and a Sadie Rose, and adore their names!ReplyCancel

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    Siobhan - Girl-Tess,piper,Stella, Charlotte
    Boy-Noah, sawyer,jack
    Praying for you and this precious babe!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 12:58 pm

    vicki - Stella
    Sydney
    Violet
    Collyn
    Keller (my girl)

    Reid
    Bryce
    Austin
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  • May 28, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    Cassie - Oh, I just love names. I am excited to hear what you are having and what you decide to name him/her! Here are a few ideas I think sound good with Cora, Levi and Griffin:
    Girl name ideas: Ruth, Mercy, Amelia or Sydney
    Boy name ideas: Daniel, Max, Jack or Jude

    Have fun picking out names, can’t wait to hear:)ReplyCancel

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    Heather - Here are our 3 daughter’s names ( we have 3 girls & 1 boy!) :) Maybe one of them will be “it”. Rachel, Abigail, and Annika. Annika means full of grace. Our son’s name is Brian. Praying for you sweet Mama as you come down the home stretch. Woohoo! :) ReplyCancel

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    Darci - Mary. I haven’t heard Mary in a long time.ReplyCancel

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    Laura - Grace
    Lily
    Ava
    Gwynn
    LorenaReplyCancel

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    Melissa - Here are some of our favorite:
    Boys: Isaac (he laughs), Lucas (light)
    Girls: Chiara (light/encouragement), Sophia, Olivia, Addison
    So excited for you guys. Can’t wait to “meet” this sweet little baby! PrayersReplyCancel

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    Karen - Lucy or LillyReplyCancel

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    Monika - I’ve been a teacher for over 30 years, I like unique names. These are some names I have never had in class. (3 happen to be my own kids’ names). Boys: Kolton, Kaleb, Kellen. Girls:Harper, Kallyn.ReplyCancel

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    Cora - My girls are Amelia, Jillian & Lorelei. I also love Alice, Pearl, Eloise, & Ruth. We’ve never needed to dream up boys names, but I love Henry or Oliver. Good luck in the home stretch ;) ReplyCancel

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    Karina - Congratulations on reaching 31 weeks! Naturally, I am partial to my own children’s names: Anna, Theo, and Max. Other favourites are Lily, Rose, and Eleanor (Ellie) for a girl and Jude, George, and Fynn for a boy. So exciting trying to choose!ReplyCancel

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    Susan - Amelia–nickname Mia
    Alexa–sticking with the a theme for the girls
    Max
    Thomas. No nicknameReplyCancel

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    Alice - I love Maren (rhymes with Karen) for a girl.
    I think Sawyer and Corbin go with your other three (and has part of Cora in it!) :0)ReplyCancel

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    Samantha - I’m only giving girl names because I’m feeling pink!
    Libby
    Harper
    Kate
    TatumReplyCancel

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    Angela - Elaina Joy :) ReplyCancel

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    Jen Christians - Mylah, Brynn, Rowan, Hazel, Vivienne, Maeve, Jocelyn, Lydia, Jillian, Stella, Genevieve, Scarlett, Cecelia, Linden, Peyton, Fiona, MaKyla, Mabel…. Oh Man I love baby names.ReplyCancel

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    Jen Christians - Of Course Turner for a boy!!! ;-) ReplyCancel

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    CassM - I’m gravitating on Audrey for a girl for you. I really like how that gives each of your kids their own ending sound.ReplyCancel

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    Bev - Hi, I have a Griffin. He has two older brothers Nolan and Trevor. My favorite girls name that I never got to use is Hadley.ReplyCancel

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    renee zimmerman - Meredith for a girl.
    Thaddeus for a boy.ReplyCancel

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    Shelly - I have 4 boys so I never got to use my girl name…I love the name Ella. I really like Stella, Kate, Lily and Emma. Good luck you are in the home stretch!ReplyCancel

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    Linda - I also like Corbin for a boy and Charlotte for a girl. Her nickname could be
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    Allison - I like Adeleine & Olivia!ReplyCancel

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    Alyssa - I love tess or tessie i think it sounds good with cora ;) It was my best friends name growing up! And I love Blake, it is my brother’s name and I think it sounds good with your kiddos!
    Best of Luck…maybe its a good thing it’s taking you awhile, we took some hits on McCoy’s name, but my heart was set on it and I didnt care what people said!ReplyCancel

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    Tina - I like the names Chloe, Sophie, Milo, Karsten. and I can’t wait to meet baby mac 4!! good luck and God bless!ReplyCancel

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    Melissa - I have a little girl named Ilya. It’s a Russian boy’s name, but the meaning of the name is “My God is the Lord.” When folks ask me what it means, it gives me a great opportunity to tell them about Jesus! :o)ReplyCancel

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    Janet Dreher - I saw it mentioned already, but I love the name my mother had:
    Genevieve.ReplyCancel

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    Bobbie - I like Ruby, Clara, and Amelia for girl names.
    For boys, I like the names Houston and Everett.ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 4:03 pm

    Elizabeth - Hi there! I think if it’s a girl the first or middle name could be HOPE. You have had so much hope over these past years and even got to speak at HOPE SPOKEN!! The sweet little baby girl would always know she had a special place in your heart.ReplyCancel

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    Elizabeth - I also love the name Josie for a girl. :) ReplyCancel

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    Alyssa - My favorite girl names are Ezra and Emersyn. Boy name is Finn! My boys are Kullen 3.5 and Avery 16 months. :) ReplyCancel

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    April - Nellie Grace is super cute. Also, Audry Lane and Audry Hope are faves of mine. Praying for your comfort in the weeks to come.ReplyCancel

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    Becca - Hannah for a girl and Thomas for a boy:)ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    Sara - My son’s name is Ezra…I think it would sound nice with your boys names!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    Meredith - I have three girls named Lainie, Emerson (Emmie) and Ellison (Ellie). I love the names Lynleigh, Emery, Caroline, and Elliot too. Some boy names that I love are Davis, Crew, and Cohen. :) So excited for you guys!ReplyCancel

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    Leiah - Enough inspiration yet? I love my kids’ names. Liora and Mateo. I also like Moriah for a girl or Lincoln or Jackson for a boy.ReplyCancel

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    Jen - Name picking is exciting and stressful at the same time.

    We have a Levi. If we had another boy, he was going to be named Ezra. Instead, we had a girl and her name is Selah, as in the book of psalms. I absolutely adore her name.

    Many blessings to you and your sweet family.ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 5:26 pm

    Denise Kessler - We loved Shelby Elizabeth for a girl. We have Kristy Lynn (in heaven), Danielle Marie(Dani), Zachary James and Benjamin (in heaven with his big sister). Praying for all of you and rejoicing in this new gift!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 5:37 pm

    Shawna Tunnell - I have always loved the name “Hosanna Grace” — if I ever have a little girl, that will be her name.ReplyCancel

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    Lynne - Ava is a lovely girl’s name. And Wyatt for a boy.ReplyCancel

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    Jess - SelahReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 5:48 pm

    Sarah - http://baby.about.com/od/Baby-Girl-Names/qt/Names-With-Two-Syllables.htm

    Since Cora, Levi, & Griffin all have two-syllable names, here’s some two-syllable name ideas for you. :) ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 6:11 pm

    Beckie - We named our little girl Eden. We also have an Elijah and an Ezra. :) ReplyCancel

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    Holly - EsmeReplyCancel

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    Brooke - Boys: Hudson, Sawyer, or Wyatt
    Girls: Harper, Elerie, Emmerson,or Amelia
    Neutral: PeytonReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 6:43 pm

    Gin - Micah for a boy , Ava for a girlReplyCancel

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    Debbie - I have Kaitlyn and Kyle!ReplyCancel

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    Rhonda - I like Luna for a girl and Declan or Jude for a boy :) ReplyCancel

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    JBird - Veronica, Vera, Tala, Maisie, Mary, Lauren, Astrid, Or BlytheReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 8:48 pm

    Tamera - I love the names Gloria for a girl and Ronan for a boy. So excited for your family!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 9:01 pm

    Jennifer - I have a Gracyn and love it!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    CR - Audrey, Alivia, Kate, or Lauren for a girl.

    Luke, Gavin, or Noah for a boy.

    Praying for you!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 9:37 pm

    Cara - I like Everly, evangeline, Fiona, and Ruby

    For a boy, Zane, August, Noah, Jude, JonahReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    Jennifer - Millie (Amelia or Emilia)
    Aggie
    Sawyer
    Lulah
    Thatcher
    Georgia or Georgina
    HonorReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    Kristina - Not sure if they go with your other names but: Eliza, Priscilla, Charlotte, RebeccaReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 9:49 pm

    Amy - Samantha and Molly were or choices, we went with Molly but still love both.
    We have a Luke too!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 10:08 pm

    Kelli - I have a Levi too. :-) And my little girl is Ava.
    I love their middles names which could also be used as first names– Beckett and Sloane.
    I also love– Grayson and Madden for a boy. And Evie for a girl.
    I know whatever you choose, it will be perfect!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 10:08 pm

    BriBedell - Lilah, Laurel, Lucy, Reese, Karli, Sadie, & Brynn!ReplyCancel

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    Laura - We have four kids: Hope, Judah (also goes by Jude), Ezra, and Hazel. I love one of the meanings of the name Hazel; “God Sees”.ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 10:13 pm

    Jennifer - Girls: Abigail (Abby)
    Faith
    Gracie
    Hope

    Boys: Christian
    BrodyReplyCancel

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    Kristen Ritchie - I’m partial to Charlotte – She’s my equivalent to your Cora….big sister angel to two crazy brothersReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 10:24 pm

    Kerry - My 3 boys names that I like are all gender neutral
    Camryn
    Logan
    Rylan

    We get allot of compliments on Rylans name.
    Wishing you a beautiful safe delivery!ReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 10:34 pm

    Lindsay - My girls are Meah Abigail and Elsa Adelyn. :) ReplyCancel

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    Ruby Jane - Hope all goes well for you these next few daysReplyCancel

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  • May 28, 2014 - 11:38 pm

    Paula - Jensen for a boy.. Jaya for a girl. Jaya means both triumph and Joy.ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 7:15 am

    Marcia - I like Elisabeth Hope, Hannah Kate, Grace Elisabeth, Leah Alice, Brynn SuzanneReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 8:15 am

    creole wisdom - You look adorable as always Jess :) How fun that your boys got bunk beds. I bet they will love that. I had them growing up and adored sleeping on the top bunk!

    Here are a few name suggestions just for fun:
    Jane
    Clara
    Audrina
    VioletReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 8:30 am

    Michelle - I DO invitations by michelle - So exciting!! Here are few that I think go great with Cora, Levi and Griffin

    Girls: Tess/Tessa, Harper, Ellie, Emery, Ellery, Audrey
    Boys: Asher, Owen, Wyatt, Cael, Ty, Drew

    P.S. I never comment but love following you on Instagram. Your children are so lucky to have a mom like you. XOReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 9:04 am

    Rach - I have a friend who named her daughter Myelle (My-Elle not Miley). I think it’s really cute!

    Marin seems to be picking up popularity. Verity is pretty.ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 9:18 am

    Kayla - Girls: Love the name Eden! Others: Hope, Willow, Saige
    New names I’ve heard recently: Nella, Zara
    Boys: Jude, Noah, Luke, Ezra, Jack, Asher
    Happy picking!ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 9:46 am

    Barbara - Grace for a girl. Landon for a boy. :) ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 9:56 am

    Shauna - Hannah, Ava
    Easton
    HarperReplyCancel

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    Carrie B. - EdenReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 11:13 am

    Sharon - As a mom of all boys and a grandma to a grandson, (I can’t buy a girl – lol, but I wouldn’t change all the boys in my life for anything!), I tend to think boy names.
    I think with all you’ve been through and the light beacon you’ve become for so many, “Christian” would be a wonderful name for a possible new boy at your house. :)
    I love that you’re having a “surprise”, it’s fun to meet him or her on their actual birthday!ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Adrienne Timm - First time commenting, but I had to add our children’s names as think they would go well with your children’s names: Alexander (called Xan), Caroline (Carrie), and Natalie (Nat). We also never found out and each time found ourselves looking at a different set of names. For our youngest, we starting listing every name that our friends had used and both went “hmm” when we got to it. Thankful that my friend was excited for us to use it. She also liked being the only one who knew one of the possibilities. Praying for your family and this new little baby. Thank you for all the ways you help point your readers to Jesus and the love of God.ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    Erin - Girls: Lilah, Hattie and Kate
    Boys: Hudson, Mason and JamesReplyCancel

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    Vicky Giro - I take care of a beautiful little girl named Juna Beth. Love that name!ReplyCancel

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    Susan - Shelley or Leslie for a girl, and Cole, Carter, or Connor for a boy! Good luck naming your sweet baby!ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Marcia - I love Shelby, Amelia, Malin and Noelle.

    Can’t wait to meet your little one!

    Best wishes to you all,,,,,,ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    Melanie Martini - How about Claire? :-) Cora, Levi, Griffin and Claire.ReplyCancel

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    Maria - Ned and Asher for boys
    Elizabeth and Emilie for girlsReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 4:02 pm

    Jessie - Ruby, Nella, Piper, Halle
    Graham, Eli, CooperReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    Nikki - Emory Rain-boy
    Emorie Rain-girl
    Mae
    NoelleReplyCancel

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    Jenny - Crosby for a boy, Greta for a girlReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 4:35 pm

    Samantha - I’m pretty partial to Samantha (*wink, wink*) but love:

    Girls: Olivia, Abigail (my sweet girl in heaven’s name), Evangeline and Ada

    Boys: Ezra, Wyatt, HudsonReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 5:01 pm

    Charlene Miller - I like Stetson or Holden for a boy and Camille, Kennedi, or Lucy for girls.ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 5:20 pm

    Bethany - I am due in less than 4 weeks and am also in desperate need of a girl name! I agree that boy names just seem easier! Our son is Mason Luke, and it was easy to agree on. We are having a girl and the only name that we keep tossing around is Paige. I also like Meredith, Ava, and Ella. Best of luck to you!ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 5:26 pm

    Sara - I have an Alayna Beatrice and a Westin Lorene for daughters and a newborn son named Merett Paul.

    Had Merett been a girl… Ruth/Ruthie or Willa is who they would have been. :-) ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 5:48 pm

    Megan - Taryn, Lauren, Lora, Mae, Dawn, Lucy, Maurade (rhymes with Parade), Emma and Kloe those are all my favorite girl names. Good luck with the naming and the next 9 weeks!ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    karen - I love the name Glory for a girl. My grandkids have unusual names. A girl, Nova. Another girl, Sayler. My Grandson is Grayson. Another grandaughter is Melody. For a boy I like Jonah and Drew. Other boys names I love are Israel, Jericho, and Shepard. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    Patti - I love the name June!ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 7:46 pm

    Katie - What a fun list!!! Can’t wait to find out who that sweet little one is! :)

    Girl’s names….Everly/Evie, Avonlea, Ellis, Laney. Several people mentioned Tessa. That would be so cute with your other names.ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    Krista - Long time reader, first time commenter. Could you combine all the names and come up with something. Like Cliff (haha) or Gracie or GloriaReplyCancel

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    Linda - I like old names like Margaret Grace, Susan Rose, Thomas, James, Jack.ReplyCancel

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    Laura - I love how you choose verses for each child. Which made me think of Lydia Ruth. I love both of their character qualities.ReplyCancel

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    Jana - Boys: Jace, Branen, or Maddox
    Girls: Alivia, Emersyn, AdysenReplyCancel

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    Jen - I haven’t seen this one in the comments yet! ;) We have a daughter Kerigan, and I LOVE it! We have gotten tons of compliments on it, it is very unique but cute too! I am partial to last names for first names (Kerrigan would be the last name, but I did one “r” so it was more like a first name). Our son is Andrew (Drew). Also, I loved Maggie and Sadie for girls. I think Henry sounds cute with your boys names! ;) Good luck!ReplyCancel

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    lucy - Lucy is an excellent choice. Speaking from personal experience. ;) ReplyCancel

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    Amy W. - My little girl is Wynn–of course my favorite!ReplyCancel

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    Becki - Zeke for a boy and Ruby for a girl :) ReplyCancel

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  • May 30, 2014 - 10:16 am

    Lane - Miriam, Alice, Mae

    Those are a few of my current favorites! My two girls are Ellington and Finley.ReplyCancel

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  • May 30, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Kathy Apple - Piper, Teagan and Haven for girl.
    Gabriel, Brady and Oliver for boy. :) ReplyCancel

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    Alyssa - I like Lilia. It is Ukranian I believe…at least that is where I have heard it used from.ReplyCancel

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    Courtney - I like for a girl Maisie or Sadie.ReplyCancel

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    Kathi Nelson - I think Paige Joelle (or Joelle Paige) would be lovely to honor Cora and Joel.ReplyCancel

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    Suzanne - Selah :) ReplyCancel

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    Melinda - My kids’ names are Elisa Ray, Reece Jefferson and Lindy Sue. All have family meanings behind them (except Elisa- her name came from a book!). One of my favorites for a girl has always been Blythe and I love Shiloh for a boy.ReplyCancel

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    Amanda - I like Gretel and Evany for girl names.ReplyCancel

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    Laurie - Claire ElizabeithReplyCancel

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    Kimmie - Eleanor
    Isla
    Molly
    LeahReplyCancel

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    Jenny - Girl- Josie, Ruby, Lila, Amelia
    Boy- Caleb, Jonah, Colin

    SO excited for your family!ReplyCancel

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  • May 30, 2014 - 11:18 pm

    Jane - I’ve followed your blog for many years and can’t wait to ‘meet’ the newest baby mac!
    Some name ideas:
    Eloise, Elise, Elsie, Holly, Olive, Olivia, Lily, Mila, Amelie, Janey
    I think a pretty name would be lovely if you have a girl.

    I don’t know if it’s planned, but I love that your kids each have their own initial.ReplyCancel

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    claire k - Julia, Margaret, Florence, Hazel, June (if born in June), Karina, Ellory, Kendall, Phoebe, Madilyn, Allison, Marion, GraceReplyCancel

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  • May 31, 2014 - 5:14 am

    Kayte Bush - Rose,Violet…Flynn or Finn are some of my faves :)You look beautiful!ReplyCancel

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    Nikina - EmmaReplyCancel

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    Kanngie - Avonlea (short a, short o, lee)ReplyCancel

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  • June 1, 2014 - 2:59 am

    Kanngie - Avonlea is for a girl
    Declan or Brody for a boyReplyCancel

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  • June 1, 2014 - 9:47 am

    Tracy - For a girl, how about Daphne? Elise? Brenna is a pretty name and sounds nice with your last name! You could do Sage or Grace as a middle name. For a boy, we always liked Spencer, Wesley, Bradley or Charles but had all girls! Can’t wait for the introduction of baby Mac #4! Think of you and your sweet family daily!ReplyCancel

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    Jennifer - Gable
    Ashby
    Mae
    Harriet
    Harrison
    Jed, Jedidiah
    AsaReplyCancel

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    Marcie - My favorite girl name right now is Tessa. We just had boy #3 in March, so we didn’t get to use the name.ReplyCancel

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    Alison Behan - I love Isabella, you could shorten it to Izzy or Bella if you wanted. It’s beautiful and pretty.. I have a daughter Darcey Isobel. Love her name for us. Good luck. It’s a precious time.ReplyCancel

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  • June 1, 2014 - 4:10 pm

    Alison Behan - I love Isabella, you could shorten it to Izzy or Bella if you wanted. It’s beautiful and pretty.. I have a daughter Darcey Isobel. Love her name for us. Good luck. It’s a precious and wonderful time.ReplyCancel

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  • June 1, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    emma - I love Clara, Charlotte, and Audrey. I am also very partial to Josie which means, “God will add” and “God is gracious”.ReplyCancel

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  • June 1, 2014 - 4:53 pm

    Emma - Also… I have heard the name Karis (pronounced care-iss), which means “grace”ReplyCancel

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  • June 1, 2014 - 5:47 pm

    Robin - Boy names: Harrison, Grayson, Reed, Jared and Dean.
    Girl names: Paisley, Briar, Robin, Daisy and Tessa!

    Oh how I miss it was me getting to name another sweet little one. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you enter the home stretch. Much love!ReplyCancel

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  • June 1, 2014 - 5:52 pm

    Tammy Zydonis - When we adopted our little boys 2 summers ago we chose Levi (because we loved why you chose that name and the scripture you chose to pray over him for his life! :) his middle name is Tru… Levi Tru. We also have Daniel Josiah, Kymberlee Ruth Wei and David Gregory. Of course I love all their names! :) Some of their friends names that are so cute are Kemper, Samuel, Kale, Jude for boys and Lucy, Elizabeth (Lizzy), Ruby, Karis for girls. Names are so fun! I know you will pick perfectly and your new baby will grow into it very well. God bless your next 9 weeks, delivery and this next beautiful family adventure!!! <3ReplyCancel

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  • June 1, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    Alyssa Duncan - We loved the name Avery for a girl.

    I also love Ellie, Everly, Monroe, and I love classic names like Charlotte, Cordelia (Delia), Adelyn (Addie), and one of my favorite bloggers named her daughter Hadassah and calls her Haddie and I just love that.

    Congratulations on hitting 31 weeks! I can’t wait to see what you’re having!ReplyCancel

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  • June 1, 2014 - 11:10 pm

    Debbie - Marisa Quinn – in my 20′s I wanted a baby girl. And Marisa Quinn was going to be her name. Never had a baby, but I’m still (after all these years) in love with this sweet name. Wishing you and your precious family the very best now and always.

    Blessings – DebbieReplyCancel

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    jenn - My daughter’s name is London.ReplyCancel

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    Lana - Elliott Sloan (boy or girl). If we had a girl, we would call her Elli :-) ReplyCancel

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    khristy - Sarah Kathryn
    Thomas NeelyReplyCancel

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    Monica - We had a hard time coming up with a name for our third born as well! And it was funny because the girl’s name was much harder to figure out after two boys! The name we finally chose was Annalise which means “blessed by God’s bounty”. Her birth was very quick and my husband had to catch her which makes having a girl and a name with strong meaning that much more special! I don’t hear of too many Annalise’s and we live MILES away in Ontario, so no worries of copy-ing! :D (also there are variations of the spelling!)ReplyCancel

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  • June 2, 2014 - 2:32 pm

    Jeannine - We have a Sophie, Ella, Abbie, Levi, and Luke. :) ReplyCancel

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  • June 2, 2014 - 5:36 pm

    Megan - Such fun comments!!! We have a Laney and if we had another girl we would’ve used Violet. I love, love hearing what pregnant women are naming their babies! I’m sure you won’t share until after the birth but I’m excited to hear!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 2, 2014 - 6:53 pm

    Dawn - Emerson or AmeliaReplyCancel

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  • June 2, 2014 - 7:06 pm

    casey w - My kids are Lelah (pronounced Lee-la) and Grant. Both are greatgrandparent names. I also loved Clara and Helen for girls and Henry, Walter and Clifton for boys which are also all family names for us. Theodosia and Medical (crazy right!?) were also from the family tree but somehow didn’t make it to the short list. :) ReplyCancel

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  • June 2, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    Alicia Wakely - Hi Jess. I’ve been following your blog now for about a year. On March 16 2013, my firstborn daughter, Amelie Grace, was stillborn at 37 weeks gestation. A friend recommended your blog to me, and I found comfort in reading about your Cora. I fell in love with your little girl… I think she’s just beautiful! And so also, I fell in love with her name. 11 months after giving birth to my Amelie, God blessed us with a second daughter, Cora (Joy)- the name I fell in love with because of your sweet girl. She was born Feb 13 2014- now 3.5 months. So if you have a second little girl, I am recommending the name Amelie. It means industrious or hard-working, but I only chose it only because I thought it sounds so beautiful. Grace because even though she died before we got to say Hello, she was and is a gift we never deserved whom we look forward to spending eternity with. We so look forward to introducing our Cora to her sister, and meeting your sweet Cora. Al this to say, if you have another daughter and like the name Amelie, we’d be honoured for you to use it. Praying your pregnancy and labour go smoothly.ReplyCancel

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  • June 2, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    Frankie Wofford - Love the name Nora, May be too close to your sweet Cora’s name. But I think it’s a beautiful name.ReplyCancel

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  • June 2, 2014 - 10:08 pm

    Tay from Australia - Hi Jess – I have been thinking about what to post here for a while, and I can only think of the name Paige if you have a little girl. For obvious reasons. I can’t wait to hear about your new bundle <3ReplyCancel

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  • June 2, 2014 - 10:41 pm

    Jen Harnett - Lydia, Ruth, Stella, Madeline, Meredith or Saffron (which is my favourite and our daughter’s name) :) ReplyCancel

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  • June 2, 2014 - 10:44 pm

    Alaina - Congratulations on Baby Mac #4. I have been reading your blog shortly after you had beautiful Cora and have followed your blog ever since. You are such a beautiful witness of God’s love and grace.(just wanted you to know).
    Regarding baby names, I had 3 boys, Connor, Weston and Colton, but i also like Nolan, Noah, Aiden and Josiah. Girls names: Nora, Adalyn, Anika. Blessings!ReplyCancel

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  • June 3, 2014 - 8:25 am

    Ellen - My youngest grand daughter’s name is Maven. I think it’s very feminine and not overly common. I’ve also always loved the name Natalie.ReplyCancel

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  • June 3, 2014 - 9:58 am

    Marilyn Ekberg Bruffett - Jess, been following you for a while. I am a cousin of your grandpa B. what about Lucinda. sure you will figure this out:).ReplyCancel

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  • June 3, 2014 - 11:07 am

    Mandy - Girls: Ellie Anna; Hope ElizabethReplyCancel

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  • June 3, 2014 - 11:56 am

    Celine - There are way too many comments to scroll through them all, so I apologize if these are duplicates.
    My daughter’s name is Makenna, and my sons names are Oliver and Kaius (pronounced Ky-us). Other names I liked for girls were Esmee, Lynnea, Lilah, Livia, Berlin, Brielle. For boys I also liked Arie, Pierce, Casper, Atley, Bowen, and Reif.
    Good luck deciding!ReplyCancel

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  • June 3, 2014 - 12:27 pm

    Lauren - Avery (boy or girl)
    Brynn (girl)
    Sawyer (boy)

    Excited to see what the baby’s name will be!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 3, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    Judith - We have a Levi, Jack, Heidi Cora, & Lucy. We love the classic old fashion simple names :) Love seeing how the Lord has brought beauty from ashes. Your testimony is encouraging and beautiful.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2014 - 10:20 am

    Vicki - Girl: Macy or Lucy
    Boy: Hunter or BriceReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2014 - 1:09 pm

    Sarah - Well, I am partial to Paisley.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    Alli - We have a Griffin who is 4. His sisters are Ava and Sarah-Tate! :) ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2014 - 6:30 pm

    Fran - My 1 year old grand daughter is Ellery Claire. Love it.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2014 - 8:17 pm

    Sandy - I have a Macie. I think it flows with the others. I also like Caroline in the mix. Cora and Caroline sounds really cute together.ReplyCancel

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  • June 4, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    Courtney R - Tessa is my personal fave (and my daughter’s name!)…

    Or, how about Lena, Lucia, Camille, Maren, Ayla or Anya?

    Can’t wait to hear what you come up with!ReplyCancel

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  • June 5, 2014 - 12:17 am

    Kristi - We have an Allie!ReplyCancel

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  • June 5, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    Jen Mc - For a girl, how about something with the same initials as Cora….something to share with her sister – Courtney, Cambria, Cathleen, Catherine and Piper, Pearl, Peace….. might be a nice subtle yet meaningful connection ;-) ReplyCancel

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  • June 5, 2014 - 3:54 pm

    Hannah - So exciting!
    I have always loved Gavin, Aiden or Levi. and for girls, Stella, Eva, Ellie and Maya.ReplyCancel

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  • June 5, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    Andrea - I love Jack or Grace.
    Sending lots of love!ReplyCancel

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  • June 5, 2014 - 11:31 pm

    Jill - I haven’t seen Tatum on any of the posts yet (although with so many posts, I could’ve easily missed it). We never found out gender so our last baby was going to be Trevor or Tatum. We ended up with Trevor and, as much I love my little boy, I was always a bit sad that I never got to use Tatum.ReplyCancel

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  • June 6, 2014 - 6:54 am

    Katie - Hi from Australia =] The name here filling nurseries is Amelie. It is of course French but no doubt soon we will be claiming it as our own but we can share!ReplyCancel

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  • June 6, 2014 - 11:34 am

    Laqueta - I love the name of Hailey Danielle.ReplyCancel

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  • June 6, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    Michelle - Love the name Emma Grace or Jackson. Love you blog page. Praying for a health baby girl or boy and a health and quick labor for you. Prayers to you whole family.ReplyCancel

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  • June 6, 2014 - 6:22 pm

    Jessica Anderson - My kids are Gage, Sienna, and Annika. Prayers for you and your family!ReplyCancel

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  • June 6, 2014 - 9:05 pm

    Jennifer - Briar
    Bridger
    Liam
    Seraphina
    Truman/Tru
    LuluReplyCancel

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  • June 6, 2014 - 9:24 pm

    Becky Z - We have 3 girls/3 Boys. We love older names. Cora was actually one of our names for our 3rd daughter, we ended up deciding on Amelia Hope, but love Cora! Our names are:
    Girls:
    Annah Claire
    Lola Elizabeth
    Amelia Hope

    Boys:
    Jackson Andrew
    Brody Thomas
    Hank WilsonReplyCancel

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  • June 8, 2014 - 9:01 pm

    Linn - Kharrie (car-ee)
    KaylinReplyCancel

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  • June 8, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    KHorn - I love all my girl’s names: Riley, Claire & EmersonReplyCancel

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  • June 9, 2014 - 2:15 am

    Katrina - We have a Hope, Maddie, and Elise which obviously we love. Other ideas to go with your names: Jane or Jack, Emma or Ezra, Kate or Knox, Suzannah or Silas. Many blessings as you prepare to welcome your little miracle!ReplyCancel

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  • June 9, 2014 - 5:19 am

    Diann - We have a big family with 6 boys and 4 girls. One of my favorite names that we have is Siena.ReplyCancel

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  • June 9, 2014 - 3:22 pm

    Michelle - My little girls are named Carly Makenna and Abby Rene. I also love the names Molly, Macy, Rae (like this for a middle name) and Brynn. Good luck with everything….can’t wait to see pics of your new little one!ReplyCancel

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  • June 9, 2014 - 4:03 pm

    RB - Cecily
    Daphne
    Delilah
    Ellis
    Fiona

    Atticus
    Hudson
    Clark
    FinnReplyCancel

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  • June 9, 2014 - 4:04 pm

    RB - I meant Flynn, not Finn (Too close to Griffin)ReplyCancel

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  • June 10, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    Stefanie - You look beautiful! Our last girl name was Arabella, but we had a boy. I still love it so much!ReplyCancel

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  • June 10, 2014 - 6:22 pm

    Staci Amy - I Love Camille and Briggs…I just adore you by the way…I rarely comment but your family is just precious! Good luck! Whatever you decide will be PERFECT!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 10, 2014 - 7:47 pm

    Kim - Meredith GraceReplyCancel

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  • June 10, 2014 - 11:39 pm

    Holly - I have a Stella Grace so I would vote for that, but I also love the name Isla which I think goes with your boys name better. Best of luck in choosing a name. I am from Wray, CO and have been following your story for years and wish Gods Blessings on your family.ReplyCancel

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  • June 11, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    Brandi - Claire, Brynlee & Ella for girls
    I have a Drake & a Baylor & due with my 3rd boy in September.

    I like Dryden, Weston, Clay & Briggs for boys! Good luck…We are struggling with naming ours too:)ReplyCancel

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  • June 11, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    Michelle - If our Paige had been a boy, the name would have been Cooper…..so I love Paige and Cooper. I also have a Parker and Alex so those are my favorites. I like Harper, Brynn and Lila too! Names are so fun but stressful too! Good luck to you and your sweet family – whatever you choose, I’m sure it will be perfect!ReplyCancel

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  • June 11, 2014 - 11:30 pm

    Colleen - Lola and Nora are both very cuteReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2014 - 12:19 am

    Shelly - I love Kaedyn, Tessa, Emerson, Celeste, Tara, Hadley, HavenReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2014 - 10:01 am

    Stacy - My favorites:

    Girl – Jenna, Amelia, Nora

    Boy – Weston, Logan

    So excited for you guys!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 12, 2014 - 3:52 pm

    Linda Wilson - I love Lyndsie Katherine, for a girl and I have a son named Kyle therefore I am fond of that name for a boy. God BlessReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2014 - 8:24 am

    Sara - Jack, Noah, Molly, EmilyReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2014 - 11:15 am

    Amanda - I love that you are not finding out. We aren’t finding out this time. I have so many girl names and zero boy names. Oy!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2014 - 12:47 pm

    Suzette - My nieces are Meryl, Piper, and Emma…love them all.

    I would choose a 2 syllable name since Cora, Levi, and Griffin are all 2 syllables and 2 syllables goes well with your last name.

    Forgive me if this is a repeat comment…I didn’t read all of them.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2014 - 4:03 pm

    Lisa - I LOVE names!
    Boys: Noah, Jude, Eli, Jack or James
    Girls: Chloe, Lily, Faith, Joely, Hope,
    Nymbler.com is a great baby name site. Happy naming!ReplyCancel

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  • June 18, 2014 - 9:35 am

    Jessica - What about the name Erin for a girl. It means peace.ReplyCancel

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  • June 20, 2014 - 9:02 pm

    Jenny - Matilda and call her Tilly :) ReplyCancel

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  • June 21, 2014 - 6:41 pm

    Keri - For girls I love: Emersyn Denae
    Addison Grace
    Avery Kate

    For boys I love: Gannon, Cade, Levi, and Kaegan.

    Best of luck to you and your family! Gob Bless!ReplyCancel

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  • June 23, 2014 - 11:37 am

    christine - Love my girls name
    Tamara , Kaila and Ava Rose
    I really like the name Raven also.
    Boys name are harder .
    My son is Alex but I really like Liam or Tristan .ReplyCancel

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  • July 7, 2014 - 2:17 am

    Sharne - I like Remy, or Indie, Poppy, Grace, Mila, EdieReplyCancel

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  • July 9, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    Robyn - Beau for a boy and Claire for a girl :) ReplyCancel

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I don’t know how this year is going by so fast, but apparently Father’s Day is right around the corner. And then it will almost be time to meet Baby Mac…what?!?! I can’t wait. Anyway, Minted has some great Father’s Day gifts and I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you. (Even if you don’t need Father’s Day gift ideas, keep reading because there is a really great giveaway at the end of this post!)

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The Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art is awesome. There are so many size and framing options…I love it. This would be a fabulous gift for anyone, but what a fun way to gather all your favorite photos for dad! I hope to have one of these hanging in my house very soon.

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This Super Dad Journal is great if your husband is a journal-er. I love to journal but my husband doesn’t love to journal. You would laugh if you knew how many journals I have given him over the years that he has never used. I thought I could make him a journal-er…but it just hasn’t worked out that way. You would think the empty journals would have given me a clue a long time ago! Haha. And if your husband is not a journal-er either you can order this as a planner, notebook or address book too. I really don’t think my husband would use any of those…but yours might…and it has a really cute cover! ;)

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Love this Best Dad Ever Father’s Day Greeting Card. I think my kids have the best dad ever…so this would be the perfect card.

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And how fun would it be to wrap up your Father’s Day gift in some personalized wrapping paper? I love the idea of seeing my cute boys all over this Photo Collage Personalized Wrapping Paper.

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Or a picture of my boys with their daddy on this Best Dad Ever Personalized Wrapping Paper. Sometimes the wrapping is just as much fun as the gift inside.

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  • May 22, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Kristyn - Oh goodness.. I am crossing all my fingers… I would cross toes too, if it were possible. <3 We have no dad or grandpa's :( to celebrate Father's Day with, but my son's birthday is two days before, so I concentrate on a little man that will maybe one day celebrate it :) ReplyCancel

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  • May 22, 2014 - 8:56 pm

    Michelle xx - Oh my! That heart is just divine. Might have to sort out one of those for the Man of The House! Thanks for the idea Jess.ReplyCancel

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  • May 22, 2014 - 8:56 pm

    Mary Ann - Really great ideas….I love the heart photo picture. So excited to hear about little baby Mac….so sweet he/she will be born around Father’s Day.ReplyCancel

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  • May 26, 2014 - 10:34 pm

    Brandi - LOVE these super sweet ideas:) I have never seen wrapping paper with pictures on it…That is too adorable:)ReplyCancel

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  • May 29, 2014 - 12:08 pm

    Georgie - So many cool things! Would love this!ReplyCancel

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  • May 30, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    anne stewart - This would be amazing!ReplyCancel

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  • May 31, 2014 - 3:10 pm

    Heidi DeGroot - I love the heart photo!! And the best Dad ever card.ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2014 - 10:25 am

    a little random update » The Macs - […] the winners of the Minted giveaway […]ReplyCancel

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Every year we take a trip to the Flint Hills with Joel’s family in the spring. This year our Flint Hills trip fell on Mother’s Day. It was the perfect, sunshiny day for a Mother’s Day picnic.

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We always eat first but the kids finish their food in record speed and are soon off exploring. Which means the adults finish their food in record speed and are soon off making sure no one drowns.:)

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The big adventure this year was catching little frogs. The big kids were catching tons of frogs so these three decided they could catch some by themselves too.

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They were on quite the mission and were so proud to announce anytime they caught a frog.

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It’s hard to believe that these three only have one more year until they start school. They love each other.

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More frog catching.

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In between exploring we tried to sneak in a few extra food breaks. These kids are hard to keep up with!

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Joel waded in the creek pretty much all afternoon. He’s such a good daddy.

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He was pretty much the designated lifeguard too.

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Oscar loved his first trip to the Flint Hills. We always seem to have a few babies around with this group!

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And since it was Mother’s Day I had to have a picture with my boys. Hard to believe next year I will be squeezing one more little one. Can’t wait!

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This is actually my favorite Mother’s Day picture though.:)

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We left our picnic spot and drove over to the “picture tree”. While we were getting all the kids gathered I caught these two having a little chat.

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It gets crazier and crazier each year trying to get a picture of this crew of cousins. It was also super sunny and they weren’t loving that…lots of squinting eyes this year!

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I know these trips will be some of our favorite memories to look back on. So thankful for family.

You can check out our past Flint Hills trips here:

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  • May 16, 2014 - 5:37 pm

    Megan - So fun! I love this tradition! I went to the flint hills last month on a photo shoot trip with my dad. You can see some of my photos here if you’d like. http://trulymegs.blogspot.com/2014/04/flint-hills-photo-shoot.html?m=1ReplyCancel

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  • May 16, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    Stefanie - Look at all those kids! Awesome pictures. It looks like you had a great time!ReplyCancel

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  • May 17, 2014 - 10:29 am

    dana - Where do you go in the Flint Hills? This looks like such a great spot! And we’re always looking for places that are close to us that our boys would enjoy exploring. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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    Carolyn Dewey - Simply marvelous fun and memories!!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2014 - 9:47 am

    Mary Ann - Darling photos….I love the one with the 3 little kids, the one with you and your boys (with their cheesy smiles), and well….all of them because they shows a lot of family love and happiness. I can’t wait to see your new little one….so exciting for your family to add another McClenahan!!ReplyCancel

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  • May 19, 2014 - 8:05 pm

    Lea - What wonderful memories! This is what life is made of for sure! Such great pics of what was apparently an enjoyable time for all.
    Happy week!ReplyCancel

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  • May 24, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    morgan - Cute photos:). I am a PT and I wanted you to know that Oscar looks like he may have torticollis. This is correctable but should be looked at by a doctor and then have treatment from a PT.ReplyCancel

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  • May 26, 2014 - 9:17 pm

    creole wisdom - Jess, it looks so pretty up there! I was chatting with a friend’s husband the other day who is from Kansas and he was telling me how much he misses the natural beauty of his state. The Flint Hills look especially stunning.

    And Happy (belated) Mother’s Day :)

    I’m praying hard for a continued healthy pregnancy and easy L&D for you.ReplyCancel

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