We are so excited to announce our daughters name. Lucy Joy Hart is already so loved and we cannot wait for her to join our family in a little over 4 months (she will go by Lucy, Joy is her middle name). We decided to keep Ford's name a secret until the day he was born and it was fun and thrilling but also hard! We told our family his first name and kept everyone else in the dark. This time around felt different. Our family is established, we've known her name since the second we found out it was a girl, and we felt called to share it. So what's the story behind Lucy? To be honest, we just like it and have liked it forever. It has been our girl name ever since we got married (I think we even talked about it pre-marriage) and we have prayed that we would get to use it one day. We feel like it flows perfectly with our last name and fits even better with her big brother's name. Joy, however, is very meaningful for 2 reasons. First, Jon's mother's maiden name is DiJoy and his Papa DiJoy has made a strong imprint on his life. Jon lived with him for a period of time and has the best memories of his papa growing up. He is still close to his papa who lives in Cleveland and we are thrilled that our little girl will carry on his name with such special meaning. Second, joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit, given to us by Jesus Christ (Galatians 5:22). Believers bear fruit when the Holy Spirit is present and at work in our hearts. It is meant to change our lives, equip us with making disciples of all nations, and share God's abounding love, grace, and mercy with others. Our prayer for Lucy is that Jesus is in her heart from such an young age and that the Holy Spirit guides her and walks with her in becoming a God centered, selfless, caring, compassionate young lady.
Thank you for loving our family and thank you for loving our little Lucy Joy!