This is long overdue, but I want to announce the birth of my great-niece Alanah, July 12, 2013.  Isn’t that a beautiful name?  And she’s a beautiful baby too!  I have two sisters–and Alanah is my sister Elaine’s first grandchild.  Alanah is the child of my nephew Jeffrey and his fiancee Bernadette.  Though Alanah’s conception was unexpected, I am so proud of Jeffrey and Bernadette for choosing not to abort this healthy, happy child.  And I am especially proud of Jeffrey for staying with Bernadette this whole time.  So many yet-unmarried young men would abandon their girlfriends if they’d gotten them pregnant.  Not Jeffrey.  He’s a wonderful companion to Bernadette, and a wonderful father to Alanah.  Jeffrey and Bernadette live together, and care for Alanah together.   They probably will marry in the near future.  But what matters most is that they stay together, and care for their precious child together–and that’s exactly what they’re doing!


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