“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.

[LOVE IT!]

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.

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

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