Clarke Clan: New Addition of Rosalyn Olivia

For our second kid, we decided to try out a home birth. I had a great pregnancy, the best midwife and team in the area and the perfect house (not to mention a major hospital and a children’s hospital across the street if needed663) all we were waiting for now was the baby.

She came 5 days after her estimated due date. Since Honora was 10 days early, I was convinced I would be pregnant forever. But no, Sunday morning around 8 a.m. the contractions started and Rosalyn was born by 3:18p.m. weighing in at 7 lbs. and 14 oz. It was a great experience, and the best part was getting to go to bed that night in my own bed.


We named her Rosalyn Olivia Clarke,
Let me tell you, it took Ryan and a long time to come up with that name. It’s not that we couldn’t think of any names; we both had lots of ideas, so our conversations tended to run like this:

Me: “I love the name Gwyneth Ivey. I know it’s just the perfect name for this baby!”
Hubby: “Gwyneth Ivey Clarke sounds ridiculous. I couldn’t even call my child by her name.”
Me: “What!”
Hubby: “I like the name Cecilia.”
Me “This baby is not a Cecilia.”
Hubby: “How do you know?”
Me: “I just do, besides it means blind. How weird is that.”

So another name was chosen that we both liked: Rosalyn Olivia Clarke

Rosalyn (pronounced Roz-e-lin) is a modern deviant of Rosalind an Old English name literally meaning gentle horse, which gives the connotation of being soft and tender yet strong and powerful. The other meaning usually given to Rosalind is beautiful rose (thanks to Spenser).

Rosalind gained popularity in England during the 16-17th centuries due to its use it literature. Edmund Spenser* used it in his first poetic work The Shepearde’s Calendar and then William Shakespeare* gave the name to his famous heroine from As You Like It.

I actually like to refer to Rosalyn Olivia as my Shakespeare baby because Olivia was not just a name that Shakespeare used in his play Twelfth Night, he actually created the name. Olivia means olive branch with the connotation of peacemaker.


Whenever I thought of a name for my tiny babe, verse 26 from Proverbs 31 would come to mind.

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue” (ESV).

My blessing on little Rosalyn is for her to be a strong woman who is wise and kind. God has blessed her with such a sweet personality. Her joy and exuberance is a blessing to our family already.

*Spenser and Shakespeare are two of my favorite English authors.


Book Review: The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance by John Trent, PH.D. and Gary Smalley

Published by Thomas Nelson 1986, 1993, 2011.

I got this book complementary from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. Although I got this book free, the review is still very much my own opinion.

This book is broken up into four parts:

Part 1, Why blessing are important for children (and people in general);

Part 2, What actually the blessing is. It’s not saying “God bless you” when your kid sneezes. The blessing consists of five parts: meaningful physical touch, a spoken message, attaching high value to the child, picturing a special future, and an active commitment from parents to help their children achieve that future. Dr. Trent goes into each of these topics in detail giving stories of meaningful ways parents have blessed their children as well as practical steps parents can take to implement blessing their children.

Part 3, What to do if you feel like you never received a blessing like this from your parents. This section is for those people who felt like their parents imparted a curse instead of a blessing to them (which happens most often than not). The authors gives practical, biblical ways that a person can break from this curse cycle, find healing, and bless their children.

Part 4, Living out the blessing. This book in mainly written for parents with children, but the authors do take time to mention how we can bless other people in our lives like our spouses, coworkers, and friends especially if those people have never had meaningful blessing from their parents.

In a few weeks I will be expecting our first child. That’s what got me so interested in this book. This is not what I’d call a “child raising book”, but the information in here I found crucial in helping me as I formulate my own child raising philosophy. The authors use a lot of scriptural references from how Isaac and Jacob blessed their sons to showing how Jesus implemented all five aspects of the blessing with people he encountered in his ministry. The authors incorporated many personal stories from their own lives and the lives of people they had counseled over the years as well as side boxes with thought provoking questions and links to video messages from the authors. A read that I not only enjoyed but found very thought provoking as well.