Back in 2008, Cliff and I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and then we went on a 6-day safari to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater afterwards.  It was one of the most amazing trips for many reasons.

On our safari, the Serengeti just really touched my heart.  It is a vast piece of land, with such dynamic variety of plants and animals.  I’ve dreamed of seeing all these animals in the wild, and there they were, standing right in front of me.  I fell madly in love with the place.  Sometimes you can drive for hours without seeing anything interesting, but then sometimes the non-stop action makes you totally breathless.

The land is so wild, so raw, and so unpretentious.

In 2008, having kids was the last thing on my mind.  I was constantly on the hunt for the next travel, the next adrenaline rush, and the next knock-my-sock-off experience.  But one day while Cliff and I were driving through a supposedly boring stretch of the Serengeti, I was so moved by the land in front of my eyes, I turned around and said to him, “If we ever have a girl, let’s name her Savanna”.  Savanna means the type of grassland ecosystem without forests due to the lack of rain, but supports more animals than any other types of land.  In my mind it also means an unpretentious soul with a wild side.  If we ever had a girl, I would want to raise her to be independent, to think for herself, to put no limit on herself, to be compassionate, and to be unpretentious.

We’ve asked Joshua a few times if he wanted a brother or a sister.  He insisted that he wanted a sister.  Today we found out that the little dragon we’re expecting in November is going to be a girl.  We decided to stick with our decision 4 years ago, and name her Savanna.



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