Our family has some fun Valentine traditions, but my very favorite Valentine's Day was five years ago. I had just brought a brand new baby home from the hospital.
If you look at that picture and think Detmer's shirt stepped out of the 1970's, you are right. It is part of an outfit that Kelly received when she was pregnant with Zack, who was born December 23. Someone gave it to her along with a letter explaining that she (the giver) had always wanted a Christmas baby boy, so she bought this outfit in anticipation. She waited and waited, time passed and the little Christmas baby boy never came. In fact, no baby ever came and her arms remained empty as she said good-bye to her dreams of that sweet baby and passed on the outfit.
I, too, dreamed all my life of a baby boy. And five years ago, my dream came true and each day my boy has brought so much joy I am continually grateful for the blessing of him in my life.
I am glad I have this picture of him in that special shirt. When I think of my dream fulfilled, it brings me joy. When I think of others dreams passed by, it gives me compassion. Despite everything, I will never understand how hard it must have been to pass on that sweet little outfit.
Now she's Nine Months
6 months ago