Quick link: Our 9/11 Celebration Baby
9/11 is a day of national grief and remembrance.
But for us? 9/11 is a day of family celebration and joy.
Because it is Lucy’s birthday.
Lucy is our celebration baby and the story of her birth is one of community. The story of her life continues to be one of crossing boundaries.
I wrote about it again, this time for Babble.
I am an American Christian and I live in Djibouti, a predominantly Muslim nation in the Horn of Africa. In 2005, I was pregnant with my third child and my midwives were an Arab woman and a Somali woman, both Muslim.
When I went into labor, the Somali midwife in the hospital, Fardousa, was by my side. My daughter was born in 26 minutes, with two pushes, and the time of birth was 9:27 p.m. She has two middle names and the first is the Somali name Deeqsan. Deeqsan means “gift from Allah.”
Deeqsan was born on September 11.
9/11/2005. In a Muslim country, with the excellent help of a Muslim midwife, to American parents who believe the Bible and who thanked God that she was born healthy and who named her “a gift from Allah.”
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