Scott and I went to the temple Saturday (which was great, thanks for keeping the kids, Stoners!). We used the long drive time to really get serious talking about baby names. As you can see, we really cut it down and threw in a couple of new contenders. I don't know what it is about the letter A...it just begins most of the prettiest names I guess.
Abigail: Because it's pretty and old fashioned. Also, we like Abby as a nickname. It's Biblical, which is nice, and we particularly like the role she plays in the story of forgiveness/intercession in 1 Samuel 25.
Afton: It all started in Scotland in 1791 when Robert Burns wrote the love poem Afton Water, where he entreats the River Afton and various sounds of nature around it to keep their peace because his sweetheart is sleeping by the banks. 209 years later one of our favorite bands, Nickel Creek, made it into a beautiful song. It's always been Scott's favorite by NC. Even though it was written as a love song/poem, he has always related it to our Emma and his feelings of paternal love and protection for her. (Seriously, listen to the words and imagine a father singing that to his daughter, it makes me all weepy every time.) In the poem, the girl's name is Mary and the river is Afton, but we just like Afton better.
Analyn: This was a suggestion from Jenica that we shelved initially, but it grew on us. And Lyn is Scott's middle name, so that's a bonus.
Elizabeth: Pretty and old fashioned. We both just like it, but still fear the nicknames. Can we possibly extend our parental control to all the people who ever meet her throughout her life and insist they only call her by her full name??