What is in a name? A name is the one thing you have your whole life that is yours. It can never be taken away from you. It is up to you what you do with it, and what you make of your name. You can have a good name or a bad name. I have always told my children their name is something that always starts out good, and they need to make sure it stays good. They have done a great job at living honorable and good lives, and I am proud of all four of my children. (Even the teenager though he doesn't always think so:~)
The year I deployed to Iraq was my first year visiting the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show. I have since attended four more times and I have enjoyed each and every trip, but the year 2003 was a very good year for visiting this show. While there a vendor had a bunch of iron letters. I searched for what seemed like an hour or two and had HIM search for all of the letters of my name. I was very fortunate he had them all in stock as these letters are made of iron and came from a foundry which has since gone out of business. I am sure you could probably buy them online, but I haven't checked to see if that is so. I have my entire last name and I love the name Ramsey. These letters are prominently displayed on my Wisteria arbor/Privacy wall (I will do a post on it later) and remind me every day of the good name I possess. This year's Lawn and Garden Show at the Nashville Fairgrounds is going to be 28 Feb-2 Mar.
Jimmy, the teenager in the house, has a hard time understanding good names. Two summers ago he went to western North Carolina to spend quality time with his paternal grandparents. While there they took him to the mountains where the Ramsey family originally came from. Jimmy was in awe when he saw a whole cemetery filled with Ramsey family members. He couldn't believe his name and family were so important until he saw the full breadth of how families and generations just seem to go on in perpetuity with the same name. Treasure your name always as it is as uniquely your own, as is your garden.
in the garden....