I planned to equip our 9-year-old daughter for the moment she "entered womanhood" by taking her to the Drake Hotel in Chicago for high tea. We would enjoy our treats, as I would share how God was preparing her body for motherhood. But God had other plans.
A month before the tea, she began having stomach pains and was doubled over in discomfort. She went to the bathroom, and I went to check on her. I found my daughter with a puzzled and almost frightened look on her face as she told me she was bleeding.
I had two choices: I could sympathize with her, saying that this was "part of the curse," or create a time of wonder that she would remember all her life. I chose the latter.
Sitting on the edge of the tub, I said with amazement, "You have become a woman! God is preparing you to be a mother someday. It's part of His wonderful plan. Let's go to a special place where we can talk about this miracle and celebrate!"
Her expression changed from worry to delight.
—Jarmila Victoria Del Boccio
This article first appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2011 by Jarmila Victoria Del Boccio. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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