Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Baby Favors and the "NAME" . . .

Me again . . . Just wanted to share some favors I made for those that came to visit Baby Asa in the hospital.  I used the Sizzix Pillow Box die.  Out of a 12 x 12 DP, I could get 4 boxes!  :)

The pillow box was the perfect size for the chocolate covered cookie.

Here's the end product . . . I added a band around the box and a little label introducing Baby's name. I blurred out the name because I added our last name to it.

I'm going to ramble here a bit.  If you don't want to read this, I won't feel hurt.  Just thought I'd explain how we chose Asa's name. 

ASA:  (ay-sah) . . . Azariah was the original Hebrew name of Abednego, who along with Shadrach and Meshach, was thrown into a burning furnace by King Nebuchadnezzar (see the book of Daniel 3 in the Bible).  The 3 men never wavered in their faith.  They emerged unscathed from the furnace.   

My husband and I wanted a shorter version of Azariah, but didn't like naming our son Aza (a-zah), thus changing the "z" to an "s".  Asa is also a Biblical name meaning "healer or physician".  We like them both.

Now, on to the middle name, DEAN.  My eldest son and daughter both have Hawaiian middle names.  My son took my husband's middle name and my daughter has my sister-in-laws middle name.  Click {HERE} to see my post about her.   Well, it just seems that in our case, when there is a new life, there is death.  I realize the whole cycle of life happening, but there is so much joy and yet so much tragedy.  I really wanted to carry on having a Hawaiian middle name for Asa, however, it was not the case here. 

Asa is named after my husband's cousin, Dean.  Dean (age: 46) is the first cousin out of 19 on my hubby's side of the family (hubby is #3).  They've always been close and share similar passions.  We also have a side business together renting out our condo on the Big Island.  In August, we found out that Dean has been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD).  If you google CJD, you can find out more about this rare disease.  Here is a short version . . .

~ This is a disease that is a rare, degenerative, invariably fatal brain disorder. It affects about one person in every one million people per year worldwide; in the United States there are about 200 cases per year. CJD usually appears in later life and runs a rapid course. Typically, onset of symptoms occurs about age 65, and about 90 percent of individuals die within 1 year.

Dean's wife, Kathi, has been there right at his side making sure Dean gets the best care and making sure Dean continues to live life the way he's always lived life . . . enjoying family, friends, and all the things he loved doing when he was well.

Here is an article from the Oregonian on one of Dean Harvey's "many things to do" list.  Click {HERE}.

We are very honored and thrilled to have Asa carry Dean's name.  Dean is an amazing, giving, humble, and selfless person and we will have lots of stories to share with Asa about him. 

Thank you so much for sticking through this long post.  Have yourselves a Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy the time with your family and friends!  Also, stay safe if you're one of those that mob the malls for those great deals!  :) 


  1. Super cute project! TFS Happy Thanksgiving :)

  2. Hi Mama!

    What you shared on you post today is truly beautiful and inspiring. It will remind us all to count our blessings and be Thankful for all that we have.

    Thank you so much for sharing and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Thanks for sharing a bit of history...your boxes are just cute, i see your fire truck theme..Sorry about your hubby's cousin. Have an awesome Thanksgiving!!

  4. That is such a beautiful and touching story. i have never heard about cjd until today so thank you for sharing that with us! we will keep dean & his family in our thoughts and prayers and i'm sure that asa will do a wonderful job of carrying on his name! happy thanksgiving to you and your family!

  5. thank you for sharing the story behind your son's name, Mama. very happy to see you posting, too. hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. =)

  6. You are super organized mom, Mama, even planning favors for those visiting you in the hospital. The story about Dean is so inspiring and makes us feel thankful for what we all have - not material things but things that money can't buy.

  7. Congratulations! Beautiful stories. How ironic that my coworkers and I were discussing names and their meanings and "why we named them" stories yesterday.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


  8. cute favors :) that is a great story behind your wonderful DS's name. And also, our prayers to Dean and his wife. May he continue to have great times with friends and family! Take care and happy thanksgiving :)

  9. Love his name--thanks for sharing the story behind it. Super cute favors, too. You were one busy Mama!

  10. what a wonderful story behind it all. you always think things through and are so detailed and organized. thank you for sharing such a wonderful story and a sad one too. I hope he knows the Lord and we don't have to worry that one day we will see him again. he can live where there will be no more pain, no more suffering. I am thankful that we were joined together as dear friends...I know that God has a plan and that this was never a coincidence. big hugs to you! hope you had a great Thanksgiving and have some Christmas cheer! hugs!

  11. Wow what an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing.
    I have never heard of CJD, I'm sorry to hear about your husband's cousin Dean. I can only offer prayers for Dean and his family.

  12. Hi Mama! Just got back from a trip so am late posting. TFS your lovely story, happy and sad at the same time. Asa's name is beautiful and holds so much meaning. He's a lucky baby to have such special parents! Wonderful hearing from you, take care!

  13. Thanks for sharing that very inspiring story.


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