The name Ayla means "from a strong and resilient place." The night before Ayla was born Allison was texting me asking my opinion about another name option she had always thought she would name her little girl. I reassured her that Ayla Jean was the perfect choice for her, especially given the circumstances this baby deserved a strong name. We agreed that her daughter was unique and special and that Ayla was the perfect name for this baby. Sometimes life throws us unexpected circumstances and it's best that we choose to embrace them. This morning is Ayla's open heart surgery where doctors will fix her heart defect, Truncus Arteriosus. I am asking for your prayers (or if you do not pray then some good thoughts are appreciated) today for Ayla's resiliency (she has already shown so much), pray for her surgeons and medical team and for a speedy recovery.