more than a middle name...


driving to work this morning, listening to the radio and the song "amazing grace" by Chris Tomlin came on.  i really hadn't thought a whole lot about Harper's middle name until today.  sure it flows nicely, sounds cute... but it's the middle name her daddy picked for her... 
and that in itself has so much meaning.

And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

it honestly brings tears to my eyes. while Harper's daddy picked this name for her; our heavenly father picked each of us and covers us with His grace daily.  He promises good to us and is the anchor for our soul...securing our hope. i hope and pray, that even though we are only Harper's earthly parents, that we can provide the same for her.  i pray we  may also serve as her anchor, her hope, and her shield... providing her with unending, gracious, love. grace is unmerited.  i hope and pray that we never make Harper feel as if she needs to earn our love and affection... that she knows it flows out of us, naturally... because we are her parents.  my hope is that we build a foundation of love, grace, and strength for her... always pointing and guiding her to the cross. i pray that we always encourage and always protect, encouraging and empowering her to be who God has called her to be. i hope for wisdom and a strong purpose in her life, to serve and love. 
And the child grew and became strong; {she} was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on {her}. Luke 2:40

for as much as we hope, pray, and love this child already, i know God loves her even more and is already in her future.  this mama takes much comfort in that! ♥ thank you God for this unbelievable and wonderful blessing!!!
we love you baby girl!!!
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