And the baby will be called…

I have never been one for surprises. If I could I would unwrap my Christmas gifts (and re-wrap them) before anyone knew the difference. So when it comes to the decision to wait for pink or blue, we choose not to wait. To be honest it was just as exciting to sit in a room with my family and find out today as any moment we have had previously. With that said, I would like to introduce you officially to our daughter Cyndell Regan-Elizabeth.

Never before have we really thought about naming a child after something that has significant meaning. Ok I know Cobe was named after Kobe because Tim liked basketball. Robert was after my dad (okay that’s significant) and well to be honest, Cayden Reese was just a name that I picked so if she ever became famous she wouldn’t have to change her name. It sounds famous right?

This time was different. We spent time picking out this name and getting EVERYONE in this family’s opinion. It is important to me, and since this is MY blog, that you know the wonderful inspirations behind her name.

CYNDELL (sounds like Kindell-it had to be with a C, okay? 🙂 )

It was a requirement, according to Cayden and Cobe, that this baby’s name start with a C. Though I was not extremely all about it, it was very seriously important to them. For quite some time we have known this amazing family. Not only have we had the chance to be touched by their kindness but we have also first hand witnessed them love on the homeless, the poor, the needy, the less fortunate, the weary and the weak. The Gilcrease family has three amazing children and one of them is named Kendall.

So even though Cyndell is spelled slightly different, our daughter will be told of this family and who her first name originated from. I pray that she too will exemplify the family that Kendall comes from. I hope one day people will look at her and see the same in the Grandstaff family as we have witnessed in the amazing Gilcrease family. (It also wouldn’t hurt if she looks a little like Kendall too 🙂 )

REGAN (pronounced REE-GAN).

A few years ago I remember talking to a pregnant Kristin as we talked about the excitement of little girls. I remember hearing how long she had waited to be pregnant and now it was finally happening. Then a short while later I remember standing in the back of church hearing that the little girl she carried was diagnosed with retinoblastoma (RB), a malignant cancer, in both eyes at age 7 weeks.  Shortly after we moved to Orlando  I followed her little life through the Caring Bridge site her mom wrote on. Regan Eva fought her whole life and won the battle over cancer on Sept 17, 2011 when she passed into the arms of Jesus. She lives on, and the cancer is no more.

Here is what Regan’s mom told me about Regan Eva’s name:

When I did background during my name searching I found out that regan is Celtic and means royal. Her middle name Eva was after Randy’s grandma and, like Eve, means life or life giver. I didn’t plan it this way but I ended up naming her “royal life” or in other words princess! So last Christmas when I found an ornament that said “daughter of the king” I thought of Regan’s name and where she is with God and thought it was so perfect. You have both of our support in using her name for Baby Grandstaff!

We are so excited to give our daughter a name with such meaning. Let me tell you why it was so important and an honor to Tim and I that Kristin and Randy gave us their permission to name our daughter after theirs. This past year Cayden and I have spent time watching videos of Regan and looking at her pictures. One day we heard Regan’s name pronounced on the video and Cayden and I both looked at each other and said that is the name for our baby’s middle name (providing it was a girl 🙂 ) It is evident that in this little girls life she touched the lives of many. I want my daughter to know that she was named after a fighter. A child who was feisty. A child whose smile melted the hearts of anyone who saw it. A child who didn’t give up and fought hard to the very end, and a child whose parents continue to love God with all their hearts no matter what is handed to them. I want my daughter to be like Regan. Another thing I feel I need to show you about Regan is the courage and strength of her parents. One of the many reasons this name is so important to us. Here is an exceprt of one of Kristin’s posts:

Here is what I want to say to my family:  Why did this happen to Regan?  The short answer is so that God may be glorified.  The longer answer is that God knew that the story of cancer in a baby would draw people’s attention and awaken their compassion.  He knew it would compel people to follow her story, which is our story, and our lives would be a witness.  He knew the hearts of us as his servants.  That though we suffer and cry and mourn, we do not abandon our faith or our love for Jesus.  That we ultimately still point to Him.  And that gives Him glory.  It shows His strength and love, because it is not from ourselves.  In the end, it is all about saving people’s souls.  And Regan’s story is changing lives and saving souls.  “….As God’s grace reaches more and more people, they will offer to the glory of God more prayers of thanksgiving.  For this reason we never become discouraged.  Even though our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day.  And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble.” (2 Corinthians  4:15-17, Good News Translation)

The fact that I tear up EVERY time I read this is a reason we are so thankful to you Kristin and Randy for giving us permission to use Regan’s name. May her life be an example to our daughter as a legacy that she can carry and tell others about. May Cyndell Regan-Elizabeth be a reflection of the love and life that Regan showed. She will be read this and she will know that she is named after an amazing gift from God.


To those who know us well, they know that it was quite a road to come to the decision to have this baby. For years I have asked (okay at times begged) for another chance to have a child. Tim has not really seen things like me. All through our ups an downs of this decision I have felt a comfort that God had confirmed this in my life and that one day it would happen. I am not going to lie, there were times that I didn’t know how, but I believed. I always wanted my child’s name to have something to do with our journey. So I was thrilled to find out that my mother’s middle name meant just that “God’s promise”.

Plus, what mother doesn’t eventually deserve to have a namesake? She worked hard to bring me up. Of course this child will get many opportunities to know how wonderful her Mimi is and I am sure she will think we made a good decision.

(I must also add that one of my dear friends in Orlando is also named Elizabeth so it doesn’t hurt the cause 🙂 )
So there you have it. We wanted to give you her name early, and her meanings, in hopes that you will pray for her by name. I have always been big on knowing the name early so that people can call her out by name and ask God for strength, health and that what ever may happen that He walks us through all of it.

To all of you who our daughter is named after, thank you! Thank you for giving us great examples to pick from. I cannot wait to tell her stories of why she was given her name.