Before I showed the tattoo to the kids, I made them each a card that told them why they were my sun or moon or star, and each included a verse. Below is a general synopsis of what I told them.
Eli is my sun. The sun has a male connotation, and it represents order. Eli is nothing if not orderly and a bit Type A. More importantly, his smile is something that people have always commented on, and I feel that it lights up the room. God gave us the sun to light the earth.
2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
Maddux is my moon. This was the first one that became obvious to me. Not only is the moon often linked to a female, but it is also constantly changing and offers illumination in times of dark. I always thought of her as the moon because God gave us the moon to reflect light. Maddux has always been that amazing soul that reflects the light, the good, of others.
Psalms 89:27 "Like the moon it shall be established forever, a faithful witness in the skies." Selah
And Ruby. She is a rock star, but she is also the stars to me. Though she be but little she is fierce. I think that stars are God's way of poking holes in the darkness. Stars represent goodness, truth and the light of Christ. Amen, right? The 8-point star, specifically, is linked to baptism and redemption. Seriously, this girl has redeemed me and points me to God daily.
Genesis 1:16-18 ...He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth...and to separate the light from darkness; and God saw that it was good.