We had the ultrasound today. Around Christmas time, we will have a healthy little BOY.
His name will be Asher Paul Gates.
Asher is a Hebrew name that means "joy of the Lord." We chose this name because we like the meaning, and because we wanted to name a child in honor of our friends, the Searcys. We met the Searcys when I taught their son, Asher. We chose Paul in honor of the Apostle. Though we can all argue with his theology, we admire his perseverance and strength of character.
Asher - joy - and Paul - perseverance - seems to mark well the season in which this little boy entered our lives.
Most importantly, he appears to be a healthy little boy. We saw the chambers of his heart, the shape of his brain, his spinal cord ... he even gave us a little "thumbs up" sign during the ultrasound. Unbelievable.