I watched Newsline on Sunday. I know I said I would no longer draw on them for stories, but this is such a happy one, I just had to share.
It's simple really. Man and woman get married in 1986, they wait for the inevitable to happen-children-and despite all their prayers and dreams, none come.
Husband is a doctor while wife is a nurse so they had access to a lot of medical help. Years go by, nothing. 5 years, 10 years, 15 years..nothing. In that time, and in despair wife asks husband to go get another wife. He refuses saying that he does not want to bring problems into their home and asks her to have faith. Her father in law calls her after 5years of marriage (I shrink from calling it fruitless) and told her to be strong and have faith in the Lord and that the baby would come when it was time.
Finally, after 20years of marriage, the woman conceives and delivers a healthy baby girl.
I like this story a lot. Wife was interviewed and she spoke of her husband in glowing terms. Spoke of his steadfastness in prayer, his refusal to marry a second wife even after she asked him to. His unwavering support of her...his unwavering faith, his ability to shield her from the pressures of relatives and other outsiders that would ordinarily made her life a misery. She concluded by calling him her “shine shine bobo”. That is what Star Beer is called, so I assume that she was calling him her Star. Husband was standing by looking at the ground and smiling from ear to ear.
Her voice broke many times as she spoke, but she obviously wanted to get her story out there, so she forged ahead. Here's a picture of the happy mother.
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Umanah!