You met my little guy about a week ago and I said there was more to his story. Really it’s our story and its title should be his middle name – Xavier
Xavier – new house, of Basque origin, from Etcheberria
Honestly, I just learned the last part – the Basque origin, from Etcheberria. We are big cycling fans. If you ever watch the Tour de France you know about the crazy Basque fans in their orange shirts. Hmm… should’ve been a clue. When you add that to his first name… well, let’s just say it explains a lot.
Back to Xavier
We didn’t choose that name. He came with it already. What, you say? Your baby didn’t come with a name? Ours actually came with a few. That and the clothes on his back were about all he came with. You see? We got our precious little bundle at nearly 19 pounds and 9 months of age – with 2 weeks notice! (Those two weeks are their own story)
We adopted our son domestically through an open adoption. We were actually chosen by the birthmother to take over the care and raising of this amazing little boy; a little boy she had been taking wonderful care of for nearly 9 months.
The rest of the story belongs to our son and will be his to learn and decide who knows what. It is ours to tell to him, but he owns that truth.
We were sent a few pictures and documents on a Friday. We were given his full name. His first name didn’t seem to fit. Little did we know. But the middle name, when we discovered the meaning, was perfect.
This child would be in a “new house”. We would also be in a “new house”. If you know our history with moving, then you also know how much of our story is entwined with “new houses”.
Seems like Xavier is a good title to our story.
4 even as he chose us on him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.