Clarke Clan: Welcome Cecily Eleanor Clarke


Cecily 4 days old

Ryan and I want to announce the birth of our Third daughter, Cecily Eleanor Clarke. Born in October, she weighed 7 lbs. 14.81 oz and 21 inches long. Almost the exact same as Rosalyn (who was 20 in). I was only measuring at 34 weeks on my last appointment; when Cecily was born, my midwife asked, ‘where were you hiding an almost 8 lb. baby!” I have skills.


Cecily 4 days old.


When it came to picking out a name for our third girl, we thought that procrastination was the best option. We would wait for inspiration to strike. Unfortunately it never hit me. So the task was left up to Ryan.

When choosing a name for our offspring, we use these criteria for a first name:
1. Not in the top ten most popular names but not weird either.
2. Not the name of a serial killer or well-known celebrity.
3. Significant meaning to the name.

A couple weeks before she was born, Ryan settled on Cecily Eleanor. Cecily hit 2 out of 3 of on our criteria list.

Cecily (SES-i-lee) is the English Medieval form of Cecilia (a Latin name). Back in the day, there was a Roman family named Caecilius. The name Cecilia (f) are derived from this Roman name. Cecilia probably would have never gained popularity if it wasn’t for St. Cecilia who was martyred during the 2nd or 3rd century for refusing to worship Roman gods (there is a lot of myth surrounding her story). Because of this, during the Middle Ages, Cecilia became a popular Christian name. The Normans brought the name to England where it was changed to Cecily. Unfortunately it retained its Latin meaning: Caecus or Blind (1).

Eleanor is an old English name used by a few queens down the ages. It means Shining Light.

Ryan really loves the name Cecily, but I wasn’t crazy about the meaning. So he thought it would work well to juxtapose Cecily with Eleanor. It reminded him of 1 Corinthians 13:12

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (KJV).

We want our little, Cecily Eleanor, to shine brightly in the midst of the darkness and confusion of life. We don’t always understand everything that happens here on earth, but someday we will understand and someday the Lord will make everything right.


Cecily and Mama 4 days old.


Cecily one month old.


Honora, Rosalyn, and Cecily one month old.




Clarke Clan: 2015 Addition

May 2014, was the month of my last blog post for 2014; it was also the month that Honora swore off naps forever. I thought it was time for an update and some cute pictures…

Let me start out by saying, basically my girls are crazy.

I tried so hard to get some cute pictures of the cuties. But alas all I got where these (see below).

2015 is the year I am totally getting a real camera and learning how to use it. I promise myself.

Honora and Rosalyn wearing Big Sister Little Sister shirts

Honora and Rosalyn wearing Big Sister Little Sister shirts

Smiling so sweetly

Smiling so sweetly

Board of the picture taking!

Board of the picture taking!

Yes, they are adorable.

In these pictures below, Rosalyn INSITSED on wearing this stupid monkey hat. I tried every trick in the book to get it away from her, but she screamed and hollered until I gave it back.

Yeah, not really the look I was trying to capture.

Are we done with the pictures yet!

Are we done with the pictures yet!

I will now substitute the monkey hat face for my own.

I will now substitute the monkey hat face for my own.

Honora and Rosalyn wearing Big Sister shirts

Honora and Rosalyn wearing Big Sister shirts

Oh and both girls insisted on holding their stuffed animals. We can’t have a cute sister picture without about 1,000 stuffed animals. Thankfully, I talked them into one each.

Suffice it to say, Life with these little girlies is never dull and usually adorable.

That’s why God said, YOU NEED ANOTHER, so Ryan and I are adding another cute kid to the clan sometime around Oct. 1, 2015


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.