are happy to announce
the birth of their son Thomas Nehemiah Towy
All the little Lloyds have been enjoying giving the tiniest Lloyd a cuddle too: https://www.facebook.com/malloyd/posts/10151961103541573?stream_ref=10
On our choice of names:
Thomas - in my mind at least a nod to Thomas Cramner, Archbishop of Canterbury, Reformation Martyr who died in 1556 on 21st March - which at one stage looked like it might have been little Tommy's birthday. Cranmer was a Reforming Evangelical in the Church of England at a difficult time for church and nation. He is largely the author of The Book of Common Prayer. Although he wavered, he was given the strength to die for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Collect for Thomas Cranmer:
Father of all mercies,
who through the work of your servant Thomas Cranmer
renewed the worship of your Church
and through his death revealed your strength in human weakness:
by your grace strengthen us to worship you
in spirit and in truth
and so to come to the joys of your everlasting kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Mediator and Advocate.
Nehemiah - which means "Comforted of/is the LORD (Yahweh)". The Old Testament book of Nehemiah tells of Nehemiah's role as cupbearer (presumably a trusted aide and senior civil servant) to the pagan king Artaxerxes of Persia in 445/444 BC and his subsequent rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem.
We have a bit of an Old Testament thing going on with our sons' middle names. Jono is Jonathan Obadiah and Matt Matt is a Zechariah.
Towy - my paternal grandfather's name and a reminder of our welsh roots. The river Towy is one of the longest rivers that flows entirely through Wales from the Cambrian Mountains generally south-westwards through Carmarthenshire and eventually into Carmarthen Bay.