Declan, just for clarity pronounced — DECK-lan with emphasis on the first syllable.
I think I blogged about the name Declan before but started thinking about it again last night after watching the amazing slideshow. (I so miss Declan, Cole, Brady & Sherri and it’s only been 2 weeks since I’ve seen them — yikes the end of July seems ages away.)
Anywho as Sherri would say, I love the name Declan, have always loved it, remembering a Sister Declan from school and briefly studying about the Irish Saint named Declan. Saint Declan’s feast day is July 24, a few days after Declan’s last proton radiation treatment (special prayers for our Declan on that day). Saint Declan was a famous 5th century missionary and great orator who is said to have built Ireland’s first Christian settlement. The name Declan is derived from Irish words “dag” good and “lan” full (I can hear my Granny’s rendition of the Irish brogue here) – suggesting the meaning full of goodness and also suggesting man of prayer. How amazing is this??
Our sweet Declan has the most beautiful blue eyes. When you walk into the room and you see his eyes and he sees you, he has an ability for his eyes to speak to you — something always catches in my heart when I see that beautiful smile. His smile is extraordinary, and I’m not saying that because I’m a biased Nana either I remember his first smiles. To me, it always seems miraculous when a baby starts smiling at you — how could that tiny little thing know the amount of joy that those smiles bring. Declan also has the most amazing laugh! I remember standing over him on the changing table and his infectious laugh would bring so much joy — my heart aches for those carefree laughs again and I have hope that we will see those days again.
We have been blessed by so many over the past few months. As I have said before the outpourings of love, support and prayer have helped us make our way through this quagmire of emotions. The blessings have been many. A few weeks ago when I was in Albuquerque a friend invited me to visit her mother — what a special blessing this was, her mother asked us to pray with her for Declan. She said she had a special feeling that Declan was going to get through this and be warrior for God. I pray the litany she taught me for Declan every day now. On the most challenging days we have been blessed by so many, receiving a visit, message, card or special prayer for Declan – these things always seem to arrive when we need it most. As Sherri said a sign — these blessings continue to provide hope! Ironically, that was the theme chosen for the web page in the beginning and is on the bracelets – love and hope for Declan.
So, what’s in a name — goodness that comes from Declan himself, love from those amazing eyes and that beautiful smile and hope that God will bring Declan through this journey. As I sit here tonight, far from my family, reeling from my own thoughts and the beautiful slide show pictures, I ache for them and for Declan’s healing. For now I take Declan’s name as a sign by itself, and I pray and take comfort in scripture that hope abounds!
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. —Romans 12:12 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. —Romans 15:13
We thank you for the blessing of your constant support and prayer!