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.




28 Comments on Welcome To The World…

    • Congratulations to you and your beautiful family on the birth of your sweet baby. May the Lord bless you and your family on this joyous day.

  1. Many many congratulations!!… It’s so funny how the Lord works sometimes. Our oldest daughter’s name is Mercy. I had suggested the name, but my husband wasn’t to sure about it. We then went to church on Sunday and the pastors sermon was all about God’s mercy. My hubby and I laughed because it was just funny how the Lord confirmed her name for us. May your Emily Mercy grow in wisodm, stature, and grace and be a shining beckin of God’s mercy 🙂

  2. What a lovely story behind the name. I adore her name! Name stories are the best.

    Congratulations on your new little blessing. Hope everyone gets the rest and recovery they need!

  3. congratulations!! We had an 11lb 9oz baby earlier this year (birth center). Did you do something different this pregnancy to help her avoid getting as large as Sophia?

    How good God is to give us his mercy. Her name is beautiful, and so is she.

  4. What a beautiful testimony (and beautiful baby girl, congrats!) I too had a different sort of traumatic birth experience with my third, to where I was scared as I anticipated the birth of my fourth. I prayed and lifted the unknown to God and he showed us mercy as well. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was the last baby I would be able to have and it was a beautiful way to wrap up the birthing experience.

    I’ve been praying for you and am so glad to hear God saw fit to give you this beautiful story and better birthing experience!


  5. Numbers 6:24-26 The Lord bless thee and keep thee; The Lord make his face shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee; The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee and give thee Mercy.
    *might have misquoted a word*
    Congratulations and condolences on the new baby girl. May the Lord contunue to bless your path.

  6. I hoped there would be good news on your blog today! Praising God for His Mercy given to you! She is precious:)

  7. Congratulations On the birth of Emily Mercy. A beautiful name. Wishing all the
    Allens a world of love,happiness and blessings.
    God Bless
    Marilyn,Joan and Marion

  8. Congratulations! Emily Mercy is a beautiful name and testimony of the kindness of our Lord. Lamentations 3:22-23 has always been favorite verses reminding that His mercies are new every morning. Praise the Lord!! 🙂

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