A mother-woman

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On Day 3 of our Armenia Trip , blogger Anna Whiston-Donaldson reflects on meeting Aida, a mother of seven, and the warmth of her love for her family amidst hardship of winter.

“I have my children with me and [they] are healthy,” she said, beaming.

And in that moment, in the run-down, 2-room house on the side of a snow covered mountain, I envied her. I wanted what Aida had, all of her children healthy and with her.

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Aida and her husband. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

 

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