Oyler children

Oyler children
...He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Phil 1:6

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Good Name...

I still remember the evening we made the decision to host a four old orphan from China. Our family was huddled around the computer looking at his picture and reading his little one paragraph biography. We were reading his name, Zhou You Liu, and trying to figure out how in the world to pronounce it! Craig decided maybe we needed to have a nickname for now and suggested "Trooper".  In the little bio paragraph, it said he had just returned from surgery on his cleft palate, and he had been quite a trooper through it all. Even after God led us to adopt him, he was still Trooper to us. We did begin working on a "real" name to give him. The input from our children was interesting, and they thought we were never going to make a final decision!! One evening I cooked a Chinese meal of stir fry, rice, egg rolls, and home made fortune cookies. In the cookies I had put a piece of paper with his new name on it. This was no small task to accomplish without anyone knowing in our home school family where everyone is around all the time. Secrets are very hard to pull off but it was accomplished! When dessert was passed and the cookies were opened, they were delighted to find his name inside! Kian YouLiu Oyler! 

Kian is an Irish name meaning noble birth. You Liu was his Chinese name. You means friend and Liu means six. "Trooper" is still heard from time to time, but we have made the transition to "Kian".

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches,
and loving favour rather than silver and gold.  Proverbs 22:1

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