I sit here, still feeling like I must be dreaming. We welcomed our sweet Ellis into the world a little over two weeks ago. Every time those soul searching eyes look at me, I become so awfully captivated, nothing else seems to matter in those stretches of time, and it feels that all I can do is watch as my heart and love grow each day alongside this tiny person. Our sweet Ellis James was given his name for a reason, My grandma immigrated from Holland as a girl with her mother, and Ellis Island was the beginning of their great American dream. Ellis Island is more than just a historical landmark in New York, it is a witness to the hope, freedom, and legacy on which those dreams were built, something I wish for my Ellis to always remember that no dream is too big for him to chase, and to build, and that all people are deserving of the chance to dream, to hope, and to have freedom. Also his first name is the Greek for, "Jehovah is God", with our faith being the foundation of everything we believe and strive to become, I hope it stands as a reminder of not only who is, but whose he is.
My brother James, is his middle namesake. James is everything strong willed, funny, kind hearted, and beyond his years in wit and intelligence. I feel so beyond blessed to have him as my brother, and now have Ellis to carry on that legacy, as my brother was named after my dad's brother, James. Ellis has shown me in just a short two weeks how important family is, and what that means to me. Family has always been engraved on my heart, but more so now that I have a little munchkin to call my own. My sweet Ellis James, you are changing my entire world for the better, and I love you more than you'll ever know.