Sunday, August 27, 2006

What's in a Name?

Well, Barb's at it again. She does this thing that inspires me to post when I would otherwise have been uninspired. I just love her. Can't you tell? Hers is the first name in my word cloud. You were probably thinking that's just because it's alphabetical, and while that's true, it's also true that we're like twins separated at birth by a few years and biological parents. Seriously! Yeah, I'm the evil one. How'd you know?

Anyway, I love this idea of hers because I've wondered the same thing myself. Not about my own blog, silly. About yours...unless it's, like, your own name or something, of course. If you're like me, choosing the name of your blog was more challenging than you expected.

I had chosen a couple of names that were already taken, so I had to come up with something else. I actually agonized over it, because I wanted it to be just right. It had to convey the peace of resting on God's promises. I wanted it to be welcoming and comfortable, like a front porch. I ran a few ideas past my husband, and when I said "Rocking Chairs and Rainbows?" he said "I like it." So that settled it.

I hope that you get a "come sit a spell" feeling when you visit, that you'll feel comfortable sharing your joys and sorrows with me, and that when you go, it's with the calm assurance that God always keeps his promises.

I'd love to know what inspired the name of your blog. If you would, do a post on your blog, then visit Barb (the good twin) and be sure to leave your link there. I'll come visit. I promise!

32 comments:

on the Rock said...

Your blog name is two of my many favorite things! Your photo at the top is neat. That's one of my next blog projects is to find a photo for mine. Love your blue photo too, did you do something to it?

Brenda said...

No, it came out that way. We used an ancient (circa 1988) Kodak VR35 with 400 speed film.

Thank you for stopping by!

Andrea said...

I've seen you comment at Barb's blog but never stopped by. I love your name! It's awesome! I'll be back again soon...

Barb said...

"Resting on God's promises." And here I thought it was all about just getting comfortable. You know, a peaceful easy feeling...on your beautiful front porch.

Rocking Chairs and Rainbows may still very well be the best blog title I've seen. And to think it was the FIRST one I saw. You were my very first connection.

I love that about you, Brenda. No matter what you're going through, you convey a peaceful easy feeling to me because you have a grip on it. And I learn from you, almost daily. You make me stronger.

And I also love that you FINALLY admit you're the evil twin sister.

Hee hee.

Susanne said...

I love your blog name! It's nice to know where it came from and I love that meaning to it too!

Susie said...

I love your picture too- the one of you(black and white is so cool and the front porch scene. It's so relaxing. I have always wanted a front porch to sit out on. Maybe I'll have to get a computer generated one. I've been by a few times but wanted to leave a message this time. Thanks for sharing the meaning behind the name. I love that the hubby helped decide.

Barbie said...

Your name does give me a cozy feeling. Good choice. And your picture is very cool.

Cindy said...

Resting on God's promises! You captured it in a nutshell. Love it!

Sandra said...

Love the name of your blog and especially the header :) Thanks for sharing :)

Nikkie said...

I love your blog name, and I'd love to come hang out on your porch!

Big Mama said...

I love your name and am so glad to know the explanation behind it. I could sit on that porch all day long!

Julie said...

Thanks for sharing how you got such a visual name for your blog.

Blessings~

Julie

Eagles Wings Mommy said...

Love it, love the photo at thet top too....I love old porches with rocking chairs!!!! We get to see a lot of rainbows here in FL after our summer showers!
Blessings

Pamela said...

Just absolute love the meaning behind the name...very warm, inviting and leaves us with a colorful reminder...(((touching!)))

Heather said...

You captured the essence very well.

Cool Mama said...

Hey I was just looking around Christian Women on Line...and came across your blog. Gotta tell you, that as soon as I saw the red rocking chair and the porch swing - I was already hooked! What a great template! I'm new at all this...so I can't help but admire those that can create a sense of 'come on in', right from the get go! My blog's name - came at a time when I felt like was I trying to be all things to all people - including my 5 children, our church, my husband ( not in that order)our 2 dogs, 2 cats and the goldfish, and not sure sure I was doing any of it well! My name? "Super Mom", of course!!

Tammy said...

I love your blog name, Brenda! But I originally thought it was more like a combination of God's promises and motherhood...(hence, rocking chairs)but I suspect it was tiny bit of that, too, right?

I'm not playing officially...but did explain over at Barb's in a reply! (And Barb may be your twin separated at birth, but she's my big-sister-figure-in-bloggy-land-friend!) Oh, and I'm starting to like you, too!
;)

Dawn said...

It seems like a long time since I've been by, and it's only been 3 days. Everything's changed in such a short time! Beautiful new look.

Julie Julie Bo Boolie said...

That's a really sweet name. It reminds me of childlike awe and wonder (rainbows) as well as the comfort of the porch.

Jennifer said...

Cute name, and I like the header picture, too.

Melanie said...

I have always loved your blog name-and your profile photo. I hope to "copy" it one day when I have the courage to post my picture (I like that you see the eyes kind of peeking out or in) :>)

Andrea said...

Thanks for your comment at my blog. I would love to have the words to that song if you can find them. Sounds awesome!

Judith said...

Brenda, First time I heard of Rocking chairs and Rainbows, it's just such an inviting sound, and the more I know about you, the more I want to know. Even when you write of things difficult to deal with, your marvelous sense of humor comes through, and I think that takes courage. We all need some rocking chairs and rainbows, to remind us to not hurry through life.

dcrmom said...

Very cool! I love the idea of resting on God's promises. And your blog title is very original. Love the template too!

Morning Glory said...

Rocking chairs and rainbows -- two of my favorite things. What a lovely name and reason for choosing it!

Thanks for visiting my blog and your nice comment.

Lauren said...

I definitely feel that way when I'm here, Brenda. You picked just the right title.

Aunt Jenny said...

I LOVE your blog name Brenda!!! It was so fun of Barb to do this blog name thing...I am finding some wonderful new blogs to explore. I LOVE yours!!!

Grafted Branch said...

You've got a great blog name! Aliteration is always pleasing to the ear.

I like "Brenda," too. lol.

Brenda said...

GB, You made me laugh out loud. You're so funny!

Barbara said...

I love the title. And, I especially love the rocking chairs! Wish I had a porch large enough to put one on. Great play on words.

Chappyswife said...

Very pretty name to go with a very pretty site. Thanks for having me over, Brenda. :0)

Heather Smith said...

I love your blog name! I wrote several posts about rainbows a while back. Nothing like resting in God's promises!