Thursday, November 19, 2009

Baby Girl

WARNING: this post contains mature themes that are not for little readers.

Well, we've passed a big milestone here! How is it that we can go from this

to this


so quickly? The infant seat has been retired, and now we're up in a big girl seat where we can see the world go by.

I am so, so grateful for my little girl. Alaina is such a joy!


I'm grateful for something else too. I'm grateful that I wasn't punished for having her. The Christian concept that each person is a valuable reflection of the image of God is still much a part of our culture. But in other areas of the world less touched by God's truth, women who have a baby girl are punished as though they had committed a crime.

If I lived in one of many Muslim countries, I could have been easily divorced in favor of another wife (or several other wives), and no one would have blinked an eye.

If I were part of a minority tribe in Tibet, and my "trial marriage" had resulted in Alaina's birth, I would have been banished to live in a goat skin hut in high altitudes where many do not survive.

In China, chances are I would have been pressured or forced to kill Alaina in the womb, so as not to waste my one chance for a child. It is hard for us to believe that all of these things are happening in 2009.

I am so thankful for my little girl. I'm so grateful for a husband who knows Christ, who delights in his girls and treats us as his most precious treasures. I am so very grateful for God's revealed word, the Bible, which offers value, protection and purpose to each of us.


agingrich said...

Thank you for your thoughts on thankfulness. They have been helpful!


eden said...

hey, that's a great picture of you all...
Alania is absolutely adorable!!!!!
Eva keeps talking about you and kyle bringing her to visit. It must have been the highlight of her month. :)