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Grace in a Name March 16, 2012

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Anyone who has children knows the awesome responsibility of naming a child. When choosing names for our daughters Henry and I wanted to be sure the names were not too ordinary, and too unique for that matter. We named our first daughter Makayla, and our second daughter Harper.

There is a grace story to be found in Makayla’s middle name, which is: Grace. We decided on Grace because of me; more specifically my lack of physical Grace. When I was little people in my family would call me Grace, but for all the wrong reasons. I was clumsy; and not just regular kid clumsy, I was accident prone, regularly fell down stairs, had perpetually skinned knees, and generally lacking in coordination. I sincerely hoped my daughter would not inherit this trait of gracelessness, so we gave her the middle name Grace.

Did it work? well yes and no. She is a little clumsy, but she also has a Grace filled heart. She loves and accepts people effortlessly and without restraint. She is generous and kind. She has compassion and empathy. She is thankful and a veritable fount of creativity and curiosity.

I decided to interview Makayla. I have a journalistic streak in me, and thought this would be an interesting exercise in writing, and parenting for that matter. So below is an interview with my Grace-filled and Grace-named daughter.

Me: What is your favorite color?

Makayla: Yellow

Me: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Makayla: I told you I never want to grow up!

Me: Well, what would you do for a job then?

Makayla: Wear doctor clothes.

Me: What is something you and I have in common?

Makayla: Our chins and our eyes.

Me: What is something you and Daddy have in common?

Makayla: Our hair is the same I think.

Me: When are you proud of yourself?

Makayla: When I win races.

Me: What makes you happy?

Makayla: Ice cream.

Me: What makes you sad?

Makayla: When kids won’t play with me.

Me: What is your super power?

Makayla: Helping people.

Me: Where in the world would you like to visit?

Makayla: Nowhere, I like it here at home.

Me: What is your favorite bible story?

Makayla: Joseph and his brothers.

Me: What is Mommy’s super power?

Makayla: Rescuing people.

Me: What is Harper’s super power?

Makayla: Picking up toys.

Me: What is Daddy’s super power?

Makayla: Playing golf.

Me: What is  your favorite thing to do with Mommy?

Makayla: Go to Kate’s house.

Me: What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy?

Makayla: Eat french fries.

Me: What is your favorite thing to do as a family?

Makayla: Go camping. 

Me: What do you like to learn about?

Makayla: The moon, and dinosaurs I think.

Me: What is a question you have right now?

Makayla: Ummm, what do caterpillars eat?

Me: Who do you love?

Makayla: You.