Ladybug

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Yesterday I wrote a post explaining that I am transitioning to using all of my children’s real names on my blog. I thought it would be fun to write a short post about each of my youngest six and introduce them to you.

Ladybug’s real name is Annarose. Anna is a family name on Russ’ side and I have an aunt named Anne. We like all of our children to have a name with some biblical significance and Anna is the name of the woman in the temple who fasted and prayed night and day for the coming of the Messiah. This was her response when she saw the infant Jesus, “At that moment, she came and began to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38).

Since we already had a Hannah, I knew I couldn’t use the name, Anna, alone. We tried lots of combinations and settled on Annarose. I knew I wanted it to be one word; otherwise she would quickly become Anna. I tried capitalizing the R in the middle, but in the end, we kept it simple and put the two names together.

Annarose is the middle child of our eleven. She is four years younger than Isaiah, and one year older than Bee (sort of – I’ll explain more). She has always been very mature for her age and the gap between Annarose and the older crew has narrowed over time. She is fifteen and is wrapping up her junior year of high school – she takes three classes at our local high school (Chemistry, Spanish 2, and Algebra 2), and is homeschooled for the remainder of her classes.

She is by far my most extroverted child and loves meeting new people, talking with people, and serving people. Annarose keeps a very full schedule and rarely wastes a minute. The other day she was trying to figure out how to schedule three different significant events in one weekend. She is eligible to take her driver’s test in two weeks and I can hardly wait. She is a very good driver, and it will change my life for the better to have a licensed driver home this summer.

When she was little, we read lots of books by Shirley Hughes who writes simple, real-life stories about a brother and sister, Alfie and Annie Rose. I still call my girl Annie Rose sometimes, and Annie if I’m in a hurry. Apart from that, everyone calls her by her full name, which makes me happy because I love it so much.

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Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Luann Yarrow Doman
    May 27, 2014

    What a beautiful young lady–inside and out.

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  2. AmyE
    May 27, 2014

    How lovely to share how you came up with the names for your children. So special.

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  3. Elizabeth
    May 27, 2014

    I really like names and studying their meanings. I enjoyed "meeting" Annarose and hearing about how/why she was given her name.

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  4. Chantelle
    May 27, 2014

    I missed your previous post about using names – just read it and got caught up and I'm excited to 'meet' each of them! 🙂 Annarose is a beautiful girl and it sounds like she's treat to be around. Give her a hug from your blog family. 🙂

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  5. Laurel
    May 27, 2014

    What a beautiful name!

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  6. Erika
    May 27, 2014

    Such a pretty name for a pretty girl. What a blessing. I never heard of those Alfie books they sound so cute.

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  7. Laura
    May 27, 2014

    Annarose is a glass overflowing sort of young lady. She greets people with an enthusiastic hello and hug and I truly think she makes friends everywhere she goes. She lights up every room she enters and brings such joy to all of our family. I wish a tiny bit of her “extrovertness” could rub off on some of the rest of us!
    Love Aunt Laura

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  8. Heidi
    May 27, 2014

    We have an Annie Rose. Her middle name is Rose, so mostly she goes by Annie, but the two names just go together and she gets called by both far more than her siblings.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      May 27, 2014

      You I know I love that name, Heidi!

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      1. Heidi
        May 27, 2014

        Yes, I remember when you told me you had an Annarose. Now I want to go check out those books. 🙂

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  9. blessed
    May 27, 2014

    I love her name too! So beautiful. These are going to be fun posts–can't wait for the next one!

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  10. Emily
    May 27, 2014

    I love Annarose!!!!

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  11. Lizzy
    May 27, 2014

    So how did you choose the name Ladybug for her online name?

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      May 27, 2014

      Ladybug was her family nickname when she was little, so it felt natural. Thanks for asking, Lizzy.

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