Ozzie Iris Martin, our divine-power-wild-flower. Our messenger of hope. Our little Baby Z, Oz, our Ozzie girl!
I keep a list of sweet feminine girl names, that I have dreamed of using for as long as I have prayed for her. So how did we end up naming her the same name as a slurred-cussing-brit, that’s the head of a heavy metal 🤘🏽 band (some might be relieved to know she’s not named after Ozzy Osborne, some might be disappointed to find out we aren’t that cool). So where did it come from? When we first found out we were pregnant, we asked the kids what we should name the baby. With no hesitation, Jonah said “Ozzie!” without even looking up from his toys. It was like he already knew her name. We laughed, said that’s random and cute without putting much weight on it. I never typed it on a list, but it always found it’s way in our baby name conversations. Then we found out she was a girl, I said to Jason “well, Ozzie is out of the running” he responded ”no it’s not! A little girl named Ozzie is awesome, Baby Z!” My heart jumped hearing him say it! I looked up the meaning of the name “divine power”, “strong” heck yes that’s everything I already knew her to be and everything I would want my daughter to be in this world. So there it is, Jonah named his baby sister and he makes sure everyone knows he did. Anytime we tell someone her name he interjects proudly “I named her!” For her middle name we wanted to give her a flower name like her big sister and the meaning of Iris will always be a echoing of what a gift she is. Iris means rainbow and messenger of hope. As a sentimental enneagram 4, I can’t help but envisioning this name walking with her throughout life. Ozzie, as a big eyed toddler with a blue velvet ribbon tied around her little brown curls. I see us yelling “Go Ozzie” at her first soccer game. I can see the guy that will one day fall madly in love with her, loving her strong name and gentle heart. I see her with long gray hair and grandkids calling out “Grandma Ozzie” as they run to her for a hug. I feel like in many ways we didn’t pick her name, it picked her. Ozzie Iris, you are a message of hope to many, with a soul and story as unique as your name.