“What’s In A Name?”

Lucky Little Mustardseed?

Hmmm . . . one may wonder how I came up with a name like that?!

First off, you have to know this about me: I PUT TOO MUCH THOUGHT INTO EVERYTHING.

And I really do mean EVERYTHING, especially when choosing names.

Names are so important. They identify ourselves, give meaning, create ownership . . . did I mention I name a lot of my stuff? It’s true. My car is named Loretta, because, well, she’s honest, true, and hardworking like a “Coal Miner’s Daughter” ;) and my MacBook Air is named George, because “I will love him, and squeeze him, and call him George.”

Anyway, back to the point, how did I create the name: Lucky Little Mustardseed.

One day in college my freshman year, I realized I needed to create a new personal email for, well, personal, non-academia use; mostly because the personal email I used in high school [too embarrassing to say] was too embarrassing to use. So here I was sitting, in the library, racking my brain for a new email address. I wanted it to mean something, be a little clever, a little cute, and not too embarrassing. Then it hit me.

When I was a little girl, my grandma Margaret [the only grandparent I have left here on this Earth] gave me a gift, a wonderfully gold bracelet with tiny pearls and a mustard seed charm. She told me the mustard seed was the most significant part as it was a good luck charm. Now, I’m not overly religious, BUT according to her, Matt 13:31-32 reads:

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a tiny mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but becomes the largest of plants, and grows into a tree where birds can come and find shelter.”

The ironic part of this scripture is my name, Jenna, is the Arabic word for small bird.


My grandmother gave her little bird, Jenna, a bracelet with a mustard seed charm, a charm for good luck. It was perfect. It just came me – naturally “POOF!” There it was. My new email address . . . my blog . . . it even helped me create my small business, Homebird Upholstery.


It’s just crazy to me how something so simple has given me so much meaning in my life.

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