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We recently revealed the gender of Rauch baby #2: it's a girl! We are so thrilled to have twice the sugar & spice & everything nice, twice the tutus, twice the tea parties, and twice the love when she arrives this fall.
Celine has recently been a little under the weather, which is understandable given our last two long weekends away (camping for Memorial Day and a wedding of some friends in Ohio this past weekend). She also FINALLY has some teeth coming in! It only took about 9 months and they haven't quite broken through yet, but they're oh so close!
When I was in college, I studied Theology and Philosophy, with my favorite topics being love, relationships, and the family. I love love! This led to me spending a good amount of my extra curricular time reading about healthy relationships, working with Women's & Pro Life groups, and teaching chastity for about a year after graduation. A big and very important part of the problem in these areas is the porn industry. You can find a plethora of supporting information and resources at fightthenewdrug.com. I watched a documentary today about the toll this industry takes on young women who don't understand what they are getting themselves into or the toll it takes on them and their families. I couldn't help but tear up as I watched one young woman talk to her parents about what she's been doing, and in response they begged her to stop.
I am now the mother of two daughters. I know that no one imagines it will be their children involved in something like this, and I want to make damn sure my girls know a fe things from me before they encounter a misleading craigslist ad that will destroy their lives.
My dearest loves,
I love you with everything that I am. Your beauty is far beyond any measure. You are priceless. You are precious, full of wonder, and always safe with your Mommy and Daddy who love you to no end. You deserve nothing but love, and we know you will share your joy, your laughter, and your smile with everyone you can. My daughters, you were made to do great things in this life; we have every confidence that you will.
Nothing is worth sacrificing your dignity, respect, and virtue. You will be faced with countless challenges, temptations, and dangers. Your daddy and I pray for you every day so you have the strength to face these obstacles with our Lord at your side, the support of the Blessed Mother, and the protection of the angels. We are praying that you face every day with wisdom, strength, and perseverance. We hope that you will always do your best to love and serve for the greater glory of God.
There will be those who see you only as parts, who fail to see you as a whole human being. Remember that you are nothing less than the apple of the eye of the Father, created in His image. Never settle for anything less than you deserve. Your mystery goes on forever. You are constantly discovering, learning, and changing. You will fall, you will struggle, you will make mistakes, but Daddy and I will always, ALWAYS love you, no less than the day before.
You are immeasurably different from anyone that we have ever met, but that is what makes you special. We want you to be the best version of you. You are no cookie cutter. You are totally and completely yourself. You are exactly who you were created to be, equipped with everything you need to become a SAINT!
Pleas remember that Daddy and I are doing our best and we can't wait to witness the awesome women that you will become. We love you, we love you, we love you.
With all of my heart forever and ever,