Still, there'd been so much angst over the name that I couldn't say it with the same happiness I had when I first mentioned it to the family. The poor, wonderful name Levi had been beaten to death. So, from the back of the pack surged a name that we'd been considering from the very beginning.
* It's Biblical.
* It's somewhat quirky.
* It means "one who hears", which we quite love.
* There was a man in the Bible by this name who carried the cross of Jesus, a story that we'll be sure to mention when we teach our little guy the gospel.
* It has a nickname that Lyle finds incredibly cute.
* And the final kicker..... when the name is written in Mandarin, it has the same first character as our little boy's name, Xi. In China it's pronounced Xi Mon. I took it as a sign. And goodness knows we needed one.
The moment Cholita heard the news, she grabbed a marker and put into writing the sentiment shared by the whole family: we love our little Simon.
And anyone who mentions chipmunks, well, they'll have to face the wrath of Olaf.
He's more vicious than he looks.