"This life therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal, but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed." --Martin Luther

Thursday, April 2, 2009

baby Kelly

On Sunday I had the privilege of witnessing my first African birth. About 10 am Brian came to tell me that Henry had whispered to him that Carol (Lackson’s wife) wasn’t feeling well and I should go see her. We figured she was having her baby. I got down there and she had been in labor since about 4 am. The midwife thought that maybe around 2 pm she’d deliver. She continued to progress well and at 11:15 am a little girl was born! Mary, the midwife, did a great job. There really weren’t very many things they did differently. Carol was amazing! That was the quietest labor I have ever heard of! I’ve had many babies myself, but never seen one being born.
Since I was there, I got to name the baby. Talk about pressure! I didn’t know if it was a big deal-biblical names, names after relatives, I was a little stressed! I suggested a few, and then jokingly told Carol she could call her Kelly! Well, everyone liked that! The headwoman was there, Lucy, one of the headwoman’s daughters, Mary. They all thought it was great! So we now have a baby Kelly!
Witness’ wife may be having her baby now-maybe we should have him call the baby Brian if it is a boy! They could get married some day… :-)
Pretty soon we won’t need to learn any new names-2 Henrys, 2 Carols, 2 Kellys…

1 comment:

Kim (Webster City, Iowa) said...

I got to meet Carol the summer of '07. Thank you for posting this! I love hearing updates at the college!