Evelyn St. John
Evelyn St. John is our daughter, born on May 7, 2010. We named her after my maternal grandmother who died last June. I posted her eulogy–which I was honored to write and read at the funeral–here some time ago. Additionally, according to baby name websites, Evelyn means life in Hebrew, which is perfect for our first born child.
We named her St. John for several reasons. First, my maiden name (and now middle name) is Fledderjohann, which is often pronounced “Fle-der-john.” St. John is also after St. John the apostle, who is the patron saint of writers (But it’s OK if she’s not a writer.) and the author of some of my favorite books in the Bible. St. John proclaimed the already-but-not-yet of God’s kingdom, which is something we hope Evelyn will do, as well.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
For more about Evelyn–and us–keep track at our Family Blog.