Finding Katie in a Book

When I was pregnant with my second child, I was uninspired for names.  (Well, really, I wanted the name Evelyn, but my hubby said NO.  This time I guess he really meant it.)  So, I was very pregnant and very uninspired.

I was sitting on my couch reading Looking Back by Lois Lowry, and I read a sentence similar to “Her name was Katherine, but everyone knew her as Kate.”  Now, I’m not a sentimental person, and I don’t typically believe in signs.  But something happened to my person, my soul when I read that line.  To this day, I can’t really explain it.  My heart started beating faster, a smile crept across my face, my eyes started to fill with tears.  Kate.  Beautiful in it’s simplicity.  Sweet.  Katherine.  Sounds like royalty.  Sophisticated.  That name spoke to my heart in a way that nothing ever had before.  It was like the name had found me when I wasn’t even looking.

We went in to the hospital with four names: Katherine, Audrey, Colin, or Evan.  We left the hospital 3 days later with Kate.

Everyone calls her Katie or Katiebug, which is fine by me.  In my heart, she’s Kate, beautiful and sweet.

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9 thoughts on “Finding Katie in a Book

  1. Dana, I am a huge fan of your first choice but Kate is quite elegant and your Katiebug is simply the sweetest. I’m glad that name found you. It fits her well.

    I admire your storytelling. You wrapped this piece up with a bow, a sentimental bow and that was beautiful … Like you!

  2. I loved reading about what you thought when you read that line in the book. I felt like I knew what you were feeling because of how you wrote it! Amazing writing!

  3. Love this story. What a wonderful way to find a name and a great story to share with your daughter. This line “But something happened to my person, my soul when I read that line.” is so powerful and conveys so much about what led you to your decision.

  4. Such a neat way to find the name for your daughter and that your husband liked it too! I think that’s the biggest obstacle is to find something you both agree on.

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