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Ok, Here's Where We Got The Name...

The feminine of William, a heretic that ought to be a saint, and a very good friend.

We were tossing names about and I suggested Billie, after her dad. Roper said it was too southern. I said that that left Whilhelmina. That, he said was too European, but if we were looking at Dutch royalty how 'bout Juliana? See, I had been pushing for Julian after Julian of Norwich. The Roman Church considers her a heretic as she preached that someday the Devil himself would be redeemed. I, on the other hand like this idea. What is the point of being God if you aren't all-merciful? Roper thought Julian wasn't feminine enough.
But Juliana was "Just Right".

And Leigh is after our adopted daughter, Erica.

See, no dead presidents.



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May. 2nd, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
Hooray! Welcome to Juliana. And hugs all around from all of us.
May. 2nd, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
Actually, I think it's a great name.
May. 2nd, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
If all goes well, I look forward to meeting Julianna in a couple of weeks :-)

May. 2nd, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to you and Bill, and Welcome to the world! to Juliana.
May. 2nd, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
How wonderful!
Welcome Juliana Leigh!
May. 2nd, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)

In one of those specials on the apocrypha that the History Channel runs every Christmas and Easter, there's a passage quoted from the Gospel of Peter in which Peter and Jesus are looking down on Hell from the balcony of Heaven. Peter wonders aloud how a merciful God could consign anyone to Hell for eternity, and Jesus motions him closer and whispers, "Don't tell anyone, but eventually everyone gets to come up here."

May. 2nd, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)

Oh, and congratulations. From both of us.

May. 3rd, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Quick clarification: That scene is from the Apocalypse of Peter, which is a separate document from the Gospel of Peter, neither of which (in the opinion of many scholars) were in any way written or influenced by Peter himself. However, that's precisely what the Apocalypse of Peter says: That the prayers of Heaven will ensure God's mercy to all, and that Hell will in time pass away entirely.

Sorry to be such a geek, heh. Wikipedia has a good article on the document:

May. 3rd, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
Nertz on this laptop. That previous post was by me and got posted anonymously. Sorry.
May. 2nd, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to you all! Welcome to the world, Juliana Leigh! Katie looked thrilled to be a big sister in the pictures Bill posted!
May. 3rd, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
Bravo! That's a wonderful name. And although there are no dead presidents here, Juliana is the name of a dead First Lady: Juliana Gardiner, the second wife of John Tyler, whom she married toward the end of his presidency in 1844. Many sources also refer to her as "Julia."

Lady Julian of Norwich, of course, is Christianity's greatest optimist, whose great affirmation is remembered by many who do not remember who said it: "All will be well. And all will be well. And all manner of thing will be well." I'll find a framed version of the affirmation for her bedroom wall. It's gotten me past a lot of dark moments over the years.

We can't wait to meet her!

May. 3rd, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
I was wondering if there was a connection to Julian of Norwich. Jeff's eulogy has stuck in my mind for a long time now.
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