Abram Newborn

I am very late to the game (3 months) to post the newborn photos of our new baby boy – Abram Lynn who was born August 6th.

Names have power. There is something to a name that gets to the core of who we are. A name comes loaded with meaning, history and the bestowers hopes for who they are naming. Trevor and I have worked hard to pray, seek the Lord and discern who we believe each of our sons original designs. By original design we mean discovering how God has intended our little one to be before we have met him or her face-to-face. We believe God forms all little one’s innate with personality and possibilities that we can discover while they are still in the womb. So with this we came to Abram Lynn for our new boys name.

Abram – Early on in the story of the bible we are introduced to one of the key figures…Abram or later known as Abraham. Before God’s people were a multi-ethnic global family they were a nation (Israel) and before this they were a family line stemming from the person of Abram. When Abram steps on the scene the world is a mess. Rebellion, destruction and sin had been the dominant theme in the early chapters of Genesis as God’s creation attempted to “make a name for ourselves (Gen. 11:4)” apart from their creator. But out of nowhere in the midst of rebellion came on the scene one who would faithfully respond to God’s call.

We do not know much about Abram’s backstory before Genesis 12 but nonetheless his response to God is nothing but remarkable. God gives Abram a call to “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed (Gen. 12:1-3).” Out of nowhere Abram is given a call to leave all he has ever known with a promise that God would be the one to personally “make your name great (Gen. 12:2)” and that ALL people on earth will be blessed through this man’s call. With this all we are told is that “Abram went, as the Lord had told him (Gen. 12:4).” We aren’t let into his internal wrestling or how he came to the decision to go but that he went. And with this decision of faith came a decision that would have ramifications for all people and would cement Abram/Abraham’s legacy as one of the greats of our faith.

Lynn – Lynn was Trevor’s late father’s first name. His father would pass away dramatically a month before Trevor was to start his freshman year of college as he would quickly develop pneumonia that became septic, attacking many of his vital organs and eventually taking his life. Abram’s birth is a little more than seven years since his father’s passing.

Trevor’s dad was the hardest worker he knew. Growing up with his dad passing away when he was young and his mom an immigrant from Japan who barely knew any english, he had to fight and earn much of what he had in this life. His work ethic came out as he walked on at WSU for football, paid his own way through college to get his degree in Landscape architecture, started his own architecture firm at 27 (that he would run until the day he died), coached and never missed one sporting event of this three sons and made tremendous sacrifices to get his sons through college so that they could have better starts then he did. Trevor’s dad was/is one of our hero’s and one of Trevor’s greatest inspirations. And with this we saw it fitting to name our son Abram Lynn.

We do not know what the future holds for little Abram Lynn but one thing we do know is that he carries the name and legacy of two great men who paved the way for many to discover the fullness of life in the human experience. Our prayer is that all of his days he would carry these names as a part of his identity and that he would even become half the men these two were….because even that would mean he turned out a great man.

DeRosa Wedding

Sacramento, California

Dan & Lisa were married last March at Lake Natoma Inn just outside of Sacramento. This was a fun and unique wedding as my husband Trevor was also able to be the officiant! We have truly enjoyed being able to do weddings together. Thank you for having us be a part of your big day Dan and Lisa!

Lisa’s Reflection on her wedding day:

The moment came just about as quickly as it left. Bouquets neatly tied with ribbons, guest programs set on the tables, and the bridal party standing in line, it hit me: I am the bride at this wedding. Though I have celebrated with many couples on their special day of matrimony, this day was different; it was my wedding! I walked down the pathway and across the dance floor with my dad who gave me away to the man I love standing before Trevor (our pastor) and our guests. With my bridesmaids and Daniel’s groomsmen standing beside us, we felt the love and support of each person in the room. My girls had been with me since Friday afternoon encouraging me, praying with me, and just enjoying the time together. Daniel and I held hands as Trevor spoke about the marriage model reflecting that of Christ and his church. While paying close attention, I couldn’t help but catch myself thinking “This is the ceremony that we planned. These are the family and friends that we invited. It all came together! Thank you God! Okay, now I need to read my vows without getting too choked up…” I knew that once I started to read them out loud, it would be difficult to keep it together. I cried while writing them so at least I am consistent haha.

I do believe that all the emotions of the day just overflowed when I stepped onto the dance floor with my dad and the song Butterfly Kisses came through the speakers. I know lots of girls dream of their wedding day for many different reasons; for me, I have had this dance with my papa picked out for a long time. He has played this song for me on several different occasions but one time in particular meant so much to me. I had been having a bad week health wise in high school so when Dad came home from work one day, he brought me a teddy bear with a butterfly on its nose that played Butterfly Kisses with the push of its paw. Just a small gesture, but I can’t begin to articulate how much it meant. I felt like we were the only ones in the entire room while we danced. That was truly a moment that I will never forget.

After all anticipation, stress of getting it all done, and how completely exhausted I was, not gonna lie, I am honestly surprised how much I really enjoyed the celebration! But this would not have been possible without the incredible help of our loved ones. I have a hard time finding the words to really express my appreciation and gratefulness for an awesome power couple that both played huge roles in our special day. But I will try because they deserve so much more than just a thank you. Trevor, what a blessing to have you officiate our wedding. We felt so loved and known as you helped us through the planning process. To share the truth of the gospel and the love of Christ for His church with our loved ones fulfilled a desire that both Daniel and I hoped for our wedding. Hilary, we absolutely loved having you as our photographer. You are so talented and seriously have the best eye for lighting, color contrast, and special wedding pictures that I would never have thought of but love! Thank you for capturing the cherished moments of the day!