God has graciously given us our third daughter: Emma Elyse Naselli was born this morning!
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About Her Name
Emma is from emunah (אֱמוּנָה), the Hebrew word for faithfulness.
Elyse is from eleos (ἔλεος), the Greek word for mercy. The Greek translation of the Old Testament typically uses this word (213 of 248 occurrences) to translate the Hebrew word chesed (חֶסֶד), which refers to loving loyalty or loyal love based on a committed relationship that results in kind deeds.
For the LORD is good and his love [KJV: “mercy”; Heb. chesed; Gk. eleos] endures forever;
his faithfulness [Heb. emunah] continues through all generations. (Psalm 100:5)
The cadence of Emma Elyse fits with our other girls: a four-syllable name with the emphasis on one and four:
- Kara Marie
- Gloria Grace
- Emma Elyse
Emma Elyse’s name will constantly remind us of God’s mercy and faithfulness. Here’s part of the back-story, lightly edited from a blog post that Jenni wrote on February 1: