The naming process doesn't come easy at our house. Names are important to us, and if you haven't noticed all our kids' names come from the Bible: Micah Andrew, Eden Rebekah, Caleb James, Ezekiel Paul, Joshua Eleazar, Malachi Jude, and the latest installment Tirzah Joy. When we were first pregnant with Micah we sat down and discussed names. I have a New Open Bible that has a topical index in the front that I love. It's easy to find names, their meanings, and where to find them in the Bible. We selected 2 boy names and 2 girl names that we loved: Micah, Eden, Caleb, and Hannah. We had Micah, Eden, and Caleb, but Hannah never came. This resulted in a struggle--Mitch suddenly did not want to discuss names. Ezekiel's birthday came, and he was unnamed. :) This surely caused confusion when we called our family to announce his birth. I remember my step-mom called me back to say that Dad "forgot" the most important detail--his name! So that was pretty funny, but the stress of picking a name in the hospital wasn't so funny (to me). Still, we did it 3 more times after that. Mitch just doesn't want to talk names. I did get him to a little bit early in my pregnancy this time--at least discussing girl names--he said, "Because you're not going to have a girl." Haha.
Tirzah is such a different name, and many people have never heard it before. So here's where it comes from. (Oh, and we're still using the same Bible to find our names 12 years later).
Tirzah means "delight." In Numbers 26:33 she is the youngest daughter of Zelophehad from the clan of Manasseh. Zelophehad had "no sons, only daughters." It's very cool to know that in spite of having NO sons, that his daughter is still a delight to him.
In Joshua 12:24, Tirzah is a city in Canaan defeated by Joshua. Tirzah, the city, is mentioned numerous times throughout Kings.
In Song of Solomon 6:4, the Lover says to his Beloved: "You are as beautiful as Tirzah, my love, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners."
When I was looking through names and occasionally saying one out loud to the family, Eden got very excited over Tirzah. She said, "That's the name of Ben Hur's sister!" Ben Hur happens to be one of her favorite movies. My friend Angela told me about another Tirzah who lives in town--and her middle name is Joy. One day coming home from church, Mitch (the person who refuses to discuss names) told me he loves the middle name Joy. It pretty much stuck. Besides, I did have "tears of joy" when I found out I was having a girl. :)
What happened to Hannah? My brother and his wife were pregnant about 3 months before me. They were blessed with a little girl. Guess what they named her? I was only a *little* sad, I would be lying if I said I wasn't. I am happy for them, though!
The end of the story is funnier. I was ready at the hospital for Mitch & I to finally have the "big discussion" about names. I did mention to him as I was wheeled to my postpartum room that "Tirzah Joy" is still a perfect name because I was STILL crying just thinking that I finally had a little girl. But I didn't think that was the end of the discussion. Later when the birth registrar person stopped by I told her to call back for the name--we hadn't decided yet. So while I sat waiting for Mitch to come up and discuss it, Kristin called to tell me she saw the official name announcement on Facebook (Mitch's status). LOL--the world knew her name before I did! Shhh...don't tell Mitch. He will probably say that he had no say in the matter. :) It's ok, I can't think of a better name for her!