This is a short story, a sad story and a happy one.
Several years ago I became friends with a family of four. Eventually, my then-boyfriend met them, too. Their children were part of our wedding. We started meeting at their house a few times a month with other young couples.
Then babies started happening. There was one due in June, one in July, one in August (ours!), one in September, and one in October – one per family, all in a row!
It was wonderful being pregnant with friends. We shared joys and tears, ate whatever we wanted while we could keep it down, and we dreamed together about our children.
Then we got the news: October Baby didn’t make it out of the first trimester. It was our friends’ baby, the one whose siblings were in our wedding.
We mourned, we wept, we supported.
Months passed, and the babies started coming. Finally, my child arrived. When our friends came to visit at the hospital, they had news: they were pregnant again!
I wish I could say this baby went full term, but she did not. Again, we mourned, we cried, we believed this was not the end of the story.
When I learned Esther was on her way, I determined to do something special. I came up with a design using forty sawtooth stars in 3 sizes. Every week, I made a star and prayed for Esther in her mother’s womb.
I was finishing the binding when she arrived, perfect and full term and beautiful. Her presence does not make up for the pain of her lost siblings, but we are all so thankful she is here, and we love her so very much!
For the full story, including some very real and powerful vulnerability on the part of Esther’s mama, see the blog at shaileyratliff.com.