Friday, July 15, 2011

His Name

Thank you SO much for all your sweet comments yesterday.  (And, because I feel bad for possibly misleading you, I should clarify that the photo of the three of us in the last post was taken about 36 hours, a shower, some sleep, and a blow dryer AFTER Sam was born.  I was no beauty queen during labor... That's for sure.  Haha.) I am so excited to share all the little details of this new adventure into parenthood with the blog world!  But first, a little baby name quiz for you today... 

WHY Sam?
Is it...

A.) He is named after a famous Chapman ancestor.  Sam Chapman was actually a Captain in the Civil War and rode with Mosby's Rangers.  Besides Johnny Appleseed (Chapman) - which wasn't really in the running - he's the Chapman family's claim to fame.

B.) We love the story of Samuel in the Old Testament and wanted our son to grow up knowing that he is an answer to our prayers, AND that he will forever belong to the Lord first and foremost. (i.e. "I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord." - 1 Samuel 1:27 - 28) 

C.) Out of a list of approximately 15 boy names, it is the ONLY ONE we agreed on when we played the "thumbs up or thumbs down" game at around 20 weeks pregnant.

If you guessed ALL OF THE ABOVE, you are right! :)  Haha!

We've been calling him by it since we first found out he was a boy back in March.  People worried that he might not "look like" a Sam; but sure enough... He was our Sam all along. His name is strong and simple, and I love it!

...And if you don't, you should probably keep that opinion to yourself because it's all said and done now.  We filled out the birth certificate information yesterday. ;)

Have a great Friday!  We'll be spending it in the hospital snuggling and admiring our little one (and watching Cable TV).

P.S. Marshall is a family name.  It is Jeff's grandfather, dad, and brother's middle name... So, we jumped on the wagon too.  We are proud to give him a name shared by so many men we already love and respect.  Plus, we think Samuel Marshall just sounds like he's got big things ahead of him. :)


  1. I love the name and he is just so sweet, soak up every moment!!

  2. Yes it does, it's a great name and meaningful makes it all that more special!! Enjoy cuddling with your little bundle today :)

  3. Beautiful name. Beautiful boy.

  4. Congratulations! Love the name too. He is adorable!

  5. He is adorable! Congratulations <3

  6. Love all the reasons you named him Sam! C was my fav! ha!

  7. he's absolutely beautiful! Congrats girl!

  8. Love the name! We too have a little Sam, mostly because of B and C on your list. We are both teachers and that sure makes it hard to pick out names. Congratulations!

  9. Your son is adorable! I love the does sound very strong! :) Congratulations and may God continue to bless you and your family!

  10. i LOVE his name! Love it! When i saw it on yesterday's post i just loved the name you chose! He's a cutie!! And the pic of your sweet family in your last post literally made me tear up. You look SO HAPPY. (I couldn't comment yesterday b/c my work computer wouldn't let me! UGH!)


  11. congratulations!! so cute and such a cute name!


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