Through Karen's blog, I followed a link to this blog, written by a young woman named Myah. Myah's daughter, Faith Hope, had been prenatally diagnosed with anencephaly - which is a terminal condition - but despite the pressure to abort, Myah chose to carry the baby to term.
From Myah's blog:
"I am 23 years old, unmarried, in my last year of university, no maternity leave, and pregnant with a baby girl who was diagnosed with anencephaly - a birth defect considered to be "incompatible with life."
If anyone had an excuse to terminate their pregnancy, it was me. But I didn't, not because it's wrong, but because I love her. If I can do it then anyone can. You don't need to be strong. All it takes is love and faith in God."
I just couldn't help but cry when I read through some of this young mother's story. How incredibly hard this must be for her; yet she is blessed by a loving heart that told her it's better to give her baby all the life she can, even if it's just nine months in the womb and a short time outside it, to hold her baby, and love her - and mourn for her properly, thus opening a door for consolation and healing - than to pretend she never existed.
Like Karen said, none of us really know how much time we have with our precious children. Today, early in the morning, I was sitting up in my bed with Shira, nursing from my breast, snuggled close. Her sweet little head was resting in the curve of my arm. So very beautiful. So perfectly peaceful. I felt tears of joy and gratitude in my eyes. Little Shira has been in our arms for almost a month and a half now, and I cherish every moment.
On this earth, we all have only a limited time together with our loved ones. We don't know when we are going to be parted, and how long it will pass before we are joyously reunited in the World to Come. I'm so grateful for every day I spend with my dear beloved husband; our precious daughter; my sweet family and cherished friends. How thankful I am to love so much, and to be loved. Each treasured relationship is like a small reflection of God's immeasurable, boundless, limitless love for us all.