When Grady and I discovered God gifted us with a little girl our hearts were bursting with joy! We chose Joy to be Annalyse's middle name to serve as a reminder to us of the gift of joy that she is to our family.
I think there may be merit to the saying about a person living up to their name. In five short years, Annalyse has shown our family, and many others, the meaning of joy. She has a servant's heart, a pure smile, a contagious giggle, and a simple curiosity that lends itself to contentment. Annayse has... joy!
We celebrated her fifth birthday yesterday and these pictures capture the joy she has for life.
Psalm 126:3 (NIV) "The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy."