We really struggled with this decision. I mean REALLY struggled.
We originally said we were open to either gender. How could we choose? It felt like if we were to pick a gender, we were taking control of things instead of letting God work...and as we've already established, God is in charge of building this family regardless of our input.
Then we found out that I was pregnant with a little boy...and we started to revisit the gender decision.
Can I just be real for a moment? In some ways, a little boy would be "easier". We've already got all the boy clothes we could ever need for hand-me-downs. We've got all the boy toys. And for very lazy reasons, I could buzz his Ethiopian hair with minimal effort or know-how on my part. But let's face it, those are all superficial reasons to pick a boy.
And since I'm still being real...I have a strong desire to dress someone in pink, ruffles, and hairbows at some point in my life.
Through our interactions with The Mercy House, we started thinking about what life is like for a girl in a third world country. It isn't pretty. The facts are downright depressing and make me ask God hard questions in the middle of the night. Rape. Prostitution for food. Back-alley Abortions. Yuck. Yuck. Sigh...
I knew what we had to choose.
All hair care tips welcome for African girl hair. 🙂