Her name is Maria. Maria is from Africa and can pray prayer that shakes the building. When she has finished praying you know you have been prayed for. At a baby shower she gave us a children's book with two names written in it. She told me that was the twins African names. I was appreciative and thought it was how you say their names in her native language.
God saved a special moment of understanding for me this month. Maria told me the whole story a few weeks ago. The kids and I saw Maria while visiting my Mimi in the hospital. She was telling the kids about their African names and told us that the morning I found out I was pregnant she was driving and praying for us. At that time she pulled over and wrote down two names that the Lord gave her. She wrote down Joyful and Grace in her language. I love how God works! Maria did not know that we were pregnant, that it was twins, or that my prayer had been in God's charis to give us Charis. Charis means grace, a gift of grace. The names He gave her fit our children perfectly.
From birth Drew has been a child the exudes JOY and Charis is the gift of grace that we prayed for.
Over eight years later I am still getting glimpses of how God was at work through the prayers of His people. That was a hard and sometimes dark time for us but I can always see His hand working. I am so thankful that shortly after He knit my babies together He chose names that fit them so well. He is a Creator and His love is forever.