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Lauren of Sparrow & Urchin sent me a box filled with vintage dresses as she is traveling around and moving. She sent me a beautiful print as well! What a sweet lady. Thanks so much!! I decided to wear this dress of hers first to my friend Loryn‘s engagement party. There was a downpour of rain (which I REALLY love rain). The party was under a couple tents and extended into the garage (where my boys were coloring for a while). The boys kept standing in the rain and therefore at times so was I. My victory rolls flattened out quite a bit because of it, so if I look like a wet lion, you know why. (the dress was not hurt in the process of these photos). The boys were so restless and kept going in the rain and I was scared they’d catch pneumonia being in and out of the downpour for about two hours that we sadly left the party early because they were DRENCHED.
I am sure many of you have heard of the book I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced. I read it last December (excellent book). It is about a young Yemen girl who was forced into a marriage with a man about three times her age (she was 9), sold by her parents. This is a very common thing that happens in many countries around the world, but it shouldn’t! This girl suffered a lot of beatings and was raped over and over again (fighting for her life because she had no idea what was happening to her, plus he had made an oath to wait a few years before having sex with her since she was so young, but he didn’t wait more than a few hours). She found the strength at a very young age to run away from her husband, even though he had abused her so much, and filed for divorce in a courthouse when she explained what had happened to her openly. Nujood is a Muslim and in the Qur’an it is actually said to say “Ye who believe! Ye are forbidden to inherit women against their will.” but it is something that happens repeatedly in countries like Yemen. According to fightslaverynow.org, there are 25,000 new child brides in the world each day (not just Muslims, but of many religions and backgrounds).
It is very sad that any child would be forced into anything against their will, but to have her mistreated on top of forced into a marriage that traps her, really is not something that should be happening in the world. It is an injustice to children who haven’t even hit puberty yet! This wonderful girl Nujood found freedom and strength when most children would feel like there was nothing they could do. Because of her bravery, many other children are learning of her story and are standing up and speaking out too. Organizations like CARE have been very helpful in stopping this type of slavery! They have a lot more detail about what happens to girls forced into marriages.