Choosing a name for my sweet baby was something that came extremely easy. In fact I had a name picked in my heart before finding out the gender.
I always loved the named Harmon and dreamed that one day I would name my first born boy Harmon. I never imagined it would be under these circumstances, but nonetheless I knew in my heart that my sweet baby’s name was going to be Harmon whether girl or boy. Harmon Mayne is named after the first to families that prayed for him. Regardless of the circumstance the Harmon’s and the Mayne’s were excited for this new life and the plans the Lord had him/her. I cannot tell you enough how much I needed them in my corner to be excited and remind me that God creates every heartbeat with a purpose because my heart was not fully ready to be excited. Here is a little background on how I grew so close to the those families.
I met the Harmon’s when I was in college. I had just made the switch from fashion marketing to education and wanted a creative outlet so I got a job at a bridal shop and it just to happened that two of the Harmon’s family members worked there. They were genuinely kind and loving people. In the months to come I came to know and love Jesus as my Savior. The Harmon’s love Jesus and people well. They were a constant source of encouragement for me as I began to grow in my faith. They were there to answer my questions, pray for me and teach me so much about the bible. Before I knew it the Harmon’s were like family. They were the reason I ended up working for Kanankuk Kamps and later end up at bible school at the Kanankuk Institute. It’s fun to look back and see how the Lord placed them in my life for such a time as this. They were the ones I went to when I found out about baby Harmon because I knew they would guide me in the right direction, God’s direction and they would not judge but instead love me. I’m forever grateful for all the love they have given me.
Now for the Mayne’s. It is hard to put into words how well the Mayne’s have cared and loved me. They are truly an example of what it looks like to follow Jesus and meet people where they are. The book of John says,”By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35). The Mayne’s have done just that. They have loved in word and in deed. Somehow I found favor in their hearts and I don’t take that for granted. Mrs. Mayne and I began our friendship while teaching bible together. She was so real and relatable from the beginning. I immediately knew she was someone I could learn so much from. She is wise, kind and has a special way of seeing God’s hand in the mist of muddy situations. There has been countless times when I have felt confused, heartbroken, or discouraged and Mrs. Mayne has found a way of reminding of God’s promises. When I shared with her all that was going on she stopped in the middle of our conversation and began to pray over the situation and for this sweet baby. Ah what a blessing! I was scared to death and feared the worst but their faith in the goodness of our Savior kept me encouraged. There truly is something special to be said about friends who believe in you more than you do. The night that I shared with them what was going on was the night that Harmon Mayne’s name was placed on my heart.
Like I said I did not know the gender but my heart was set on the name. Harmon is named after the first two families that prayed for him. Two families who love Jesus above all else and love people unconditionally. I pray that Harmon would grow to see the value and meaning behind his name. And even if Harmon Mayne surprises all and ends up being a girl (Lord please no) the name will stand. It is just too meaningful. I could not imagine a name for suitable for the Sweetest Gift the Lord has ever given me.
Ps: For years I have written baby names in the back of my journals (it was a secret until now) and the day I told my parents that I was pregnant I looked through and old journal and Harmon was written at the very top! Mayne was written in another journal…so see it was meant to be!
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)