Bryony Caron, churchwarden for Ostend and member of both the Chaplaincy Council and Kerkraad, and Katherine Evans, of the Chaplaincy Council, both welcomed their first grandchildren into the world this spring. Here, Bryony writes about the joy of the new addition to her truly international family:
Bryony and Raymond (deceased) Caron's first grandchild, a girl, was born on Sunday 17 April, at 7.27pm, weighing 7 pounds 10 ounces.
She has been registered with the names Amelie Davidovna Caron Kramaley.
My daughter Annelise has Belgian and English parentage, and her partner David has Russian and Ecuadorian parentage, making Amelie truly international!
Her 2nd name is traditionally passed in Russia from father to child, this being the female version. Kramaley is David's Russian surname, although he also has Tenemaza, the Ecuadorian surname. It was felt this would be a step too far for Amelie!! Whatever happened to SMITH?! I was naturally really pleased that it was decided to have Caron as one of her names - a continuing bond with her maternal grandfather.
She has been surrounded by a world of love and prayers, with David's family visiting from Ecuador and New York, and my travelling from Belgium to be in Swindon. The prayers and love offered by individuals as well as the congregations in Ostend and Bruges and in Swindon supported us through a difficult labour and birth. I am overjoyed to say that mother and daughter are now both doing very well indeed, thriving in fact. I was privileged to be present at Amelie's birth, an indescribable experience.
Because Amelie has such an international heritage, I felt a link to yet another country would be acceptable. My mother, who died when I was only thirteen, had a Hungarian father who himself died when she was only 14. I decided to look up the name of grandmother in Hungarian and found it is Yanya, which I liked. I think it will be easy for a child to pronounce, and it is a continuing bond with Amelie's maternal great-grandmother's heritage.
She is a miracle in our lives and we all love her very much indeed.
Robin and Katherine Evans' grandson Lemmy Matthew was also born on 17 April 2016, and is the son of Tom and Sofie Vermeersch Evans.
Congratulations to both sets of parents and grandparents!