Allyn Cox Oil on Canvas 1973-1974 George Washington was sworn in as the nation’s first president on April 30, 1789, on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York. The mural depicts (from left to right) Robert R. Livingston, chancellor of the state of New York, administering the oath; Secretary of the Senate Samuel Otis holding the Bible; George Washington, with his hand upraised; and Vice President John Adams.
As I was writing a few of the previous posts, I started thinking, “You know, maybe I’m being kind of intense on some of this stuff. Like the homeschooling. Maybe other things too.” So I thought I’d better tell you guys a couple of things about me that my good friends and family already know. And they say they still love me.
My name is “Allison.” Any idea what it means? Probably not unless it is your name. Did you know your name has a meaning? In the Bible names were incredibly important. They described your destiny. Who you were meant to be or what you would do. Once I found out what my name meant, it so totally resonated with who I am, that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t known it all along. My name means:
There is something about the word “Truth” that is and always has been foundational for me. I am always searching for the truth. In fact, much of my TV job before children was documentary oriented, which is usually a search for truth. My friend Lorenzo calls me the interviewer. Always asking questions to find out more.
And so when I decided to do this website, I thought, gosh I sure don’t want to offend anyone with “too much” truth, if you know what I mean. I really don’t. But at the same time, I did hear that still, small voice inside me say “Do the website and say what you know!” Yes sir! OK, sir! I will!
And so, girlfriend. I’m hear to tell you the truth.
Just think of me like a really good friend that only has your best interests at heart and will tell you the truth even when it’s hard to hear. And guess what? That is the truth. I do only have your best interests at heart.
I will try to sugar-coat things as much as I can. I promise. I’ve already worked hard at some sugar-coating. I takes me a little longer to write stuff, because of that darn sugar-coating. But I think things taste better with a little sugar…………..coating.
Ok, are we cool now? Great.
Books Are My Weakness
So, on the subject of names, click here to see one of my favorite books. The Name Book by Dorothy Astoria
I have referred back to this book so many times. Looking names up for people is really fun. Bells go off when people find out the meaning of their name.
This book gives the meanings of over 10,000 names and a Bible verse that goes with each one.
For instance, here is the entry for my name:
ALLISON, Alicen, Alicyn, Alison, Alisson, Alisyn, Allyson
Language/Cultural Origin: Old German
Inherent Meaning: Truthful
Spiritual Connotation: Holy
Scripture: 1 Chronicles 16:29 KJV
“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name…..worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”
Naming Your Baby
And, oh my goodness, I almost forgot to mention this. When you bring a new baby into the world. Check out what the name means! But don’t worry if you haven’t done that in the past. We found this book through our friends, The Dunfords right before we had our third child, and the names of our first two children totally fit them anyway. God is mysterious and wonderful!
Make It Positive
And if the meaning of the name reads negative, you just turn it to the positive and then speak that into your child’s life or your own life.
For instance, our 2nd daughter is Meg, short for Mary Evelyn. The inherent meaning for Mary is “sea of bitterness.” So we take the opposite and speak “sweet” into Meg’s life and I will tell you truthfully, that is what she is and has been all along.
The spiritual connotation for Mary is “blessed.” The verse is Luke 1:28 NKJV. “And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the LORD is with you; blessed are you among women.” Very cool.
Time To Take On The World
Ok, ladies. I must tear myself away from here and tend to a host of duties. Laundry, making my husband his favorite coffee cake so he can take it to work with him, figuring out my son’s birthday plans for tomorrow, steering children through their chores and school, and the myriad of other things.