We feel so blessed to announce the birth of our latest blessing!
Emily Mercy Allen was born Tuesday morning at 11:22 AM.
She was 7 pounds, 14 ounces and 20 ¾” long.
I can’t wait to write out the birth story and share, but it was so much better than my more traumatic experience delivering Sophia.
Some more details behind her name.
We just named her this morning, we were debating between two different names and just ended up preferring Emily.
Her middle name has been picked out for several months now. Sean and I were trying to decide on a middle name, and we both felt like we wanted to give her a name to reflect where we felt like we were at in our life. The last few years have been hard and we have grown a lot as a family. We feel like God has shown us such mercy, and helped us change and mature in different areas. Sean suggested the middle name of Mercy and I said I would think about it.
Shortly after Sean suggested the middle name, we went to a church reunion. On the Thursday night they had a special music service and I heard a young adult choir sing a song called Mercy, Still. I wanted to weep as soon as I heard the chorus start, because I knew it was God’s way of confirming her name and the reason behind it.
“Is there mercy still? Yes, there is mercy still for me!”
(You can listen to the song here).
Fast forward to her birth, and after I had pushed her head out I instantly knew this wasn’t a 10 pound baby, and I was in shock over how easy this was going. I kept saying the word mercy over and over again, because I knew that God was indeed showing me mercy in giving birth to this baby. You can’t demand God to give you mercy, but I held out a secret hope that He would grant me mercy even through her birth and confirm her name that way as well.
I’m overwhelmed with God’s love for our family right now, and for His mercy that never leaves us, even in the dark days.