A year ago today, I announced my pregnancy to my little Facebook community. Despite the controversy and the risk, I wanted my friends and family to know that the precious baby girl I carried was worth celebrating. In the end, my public celebration cost me dearly, a job I loved, relationships, and my community. But the reality is that the alternative, silence and shame, would've cost so much more.
Precious Rosie is 7 months old today, and we revel in her existence. She is smart and funny and strong and sweet, and most of all, she is quite literally a gift from the Lord - one that we will continue to celebrate, both privately and publicly, because in this family, God's gift of life is worth celebrating, no matter the cost.