What's in a name? Two mothers choose Grayton

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 12:54 PM.

When she found out she was indeed pregnant, she came off her meds, but there was still concern for the baby and mother's health. The pregnancy was not without its challenges, but Denise is grateful for the many prayers that went up for her and her unborn child.

"We didn't know if I could carry a baby to term or if it would be OK," she says now. "We prayed that the baby would be OK, but we also discussed would we be OK if we had a special-needs child. We decided that we would, no matter what."

Denise said she asked God to use her in what she now calls "an amazing journey."

As the journey progressed, the couple talked about names for their miracle baby. They wanted their baby to have a name that meant something to them.

"Gray kept coming up, like gray matter, and gray areas," said Denise. "We went through Biblical names, but nothing seemed to fit. Then it came to me that this baby is a blessing of 'The Great I Am.' "

So they fused that biblical concept with one of their favorite places in the world, and Grayton Edward Walsh was born Feb. 12, 2013.

Denise was able to carry him full term and the only side effect from the tumor she experienced during that time was head pain.

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