It’s my birthday.
And birthday girls get to do what birthday girls want to do, amiright?
So today, on my big day (both figuratively and literally), I want to introduce y’all to someone very, very special.
We will name her Clementine. Clementine was a name we’ve considered in the past, but it just never did seem to fit. (Poppy is so not a Clementine).
But for this little one, it just seemed right from the get-go. The meaning of Clementine is merciful and mild, which I absolutely love. And then, a few weeks after deciding on her name, we found out her Chinese name means mild, as well.
Her middle name will be Joy. It’s the name of one of my closest friends and most faithful prayer partner, Colleen. We tried and tried to find a “family” name so that, like our other kiddos, she would have a chosen first name and a family middle name. But we just could not find one that we felt a peace about. We thought about Rose. We thought about Pearl. But, despite the fact that we love both names, they just wouldn’t stick. Then one day – as I was sharing with my prayer buddies that it was *for joy* that the Lord had called us to adopt this child – that we all sat there and it hit us. Joy was to be her middle name.
So there it is. We are adopting again. And we are filled with joy in every way. And there is so, so much more I want to share about this journey. God has done a no-way-God-not-me-okay-maybe-me-actually-yes-me! kind of work in my heart for children with Down syndrome since I saw this post almost a year ago. I also want to share some prayer requests for our little one because she has been sick and continues to struggle with health issues.
But for today, I just want to share Miss Clementine Joy – this precious blessing the Lord has brought into our lives.
The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. — Psalm 126:3