The following is the email I sent about Annie’s birth and the reasons for her name:
BEST. FATHER’S DAY. EVER
I couldn’t ask for a better Father’s Day gift. Joanna Grace Hollins was born at 12:46 am early on Father’s day 06-20-2010.
She’s 20 inches (50.8cm)
She weighs 7 pounds 14 ounces (3.6 kilograms)
Mom and baby are both healthy and resting well. Joanna was nicer to her mom than her big brother, eager to come out after only an hour and a half after feeling the first contraction. Baby Annie has already passed her first tests, we expect she’ll be doing that a lot in the years to come.
Joanna’s Chinese name is: 周恩妮 (pronounced: Zhou En Ni) which sounds very much like Joanna. We like the name Joanna because she was in the company of two different Mary’s who gave a good report one day. Even though many leading men didn’t believe her, she still proclaimed that He is risen. We hope that our Joanna will proclaim this central, most important event with her life too.
Her middle name in Chinese is 恩 (En) which means grace, which is also her middle name in English. Grace is by far what she needs more than anything else. By His grace our little girl will be full of grace and truth.
Ni is the second character in her given name. This is also Mary’s given name. 妮 (Ni) means girl or girlie and she certainly looks that way already.
We’re going to call her Annie for short. And, it just so happens that when you call her by her given name in Chinese it’s En ni, which sounds like Annie.
Thank you for thinking about us and celebrating our new little life.
– The Hollins Family (Joel, Mary, Jacob and Annie)