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As Marco paced in the hospital room waiting for Cara’s arrival his mind replayed the glorious moment when the doctor came into the waiting room.  It was as if everyone and everything dropped away and then he saw the doctor smile and reach his hand toward him to congratulate him.  It was a boy.  A healthy boy.  This is what he and Cara had believed God for and now he had a son.

When Cara was escorted to her room she was still groggy but when she saw Marco she fought sleep to say , “We have a son!”  After a kiss and hug from her husband she once again let sleep take over.  While she slept she was aware of people talking and a lot of commotion.  She wasn’t sure if it was really happening or if she was dreaming.  But then all was quiet again.

A couple of hours later Cara began to emerge from her sleep.  The room was quiet and next to her bed sat her husband with his back to her.  She could see just enough to know that he was holding their son and feeding him as he talked to him.  She couldn’t make out what he was saying but it was a special Dad and Son moment to be sure.  The first of many.

She smiled and cleared her throat as Marco turned in her direction.  There he was.  The little bundle of joy was her son, Anthony.  Marco stood and leaned toward her to lay the sleeping infant in her arms.  When she took Anthony from Marco it seemed like she had been born to be his mother.

She felt his warmth and, of course, she counted his fingers and toes and then she rewrapped him and just sank into the comfort of having him close.

It seemed Cara was in the hospital forever but finally the day to go home arrived.  She dressed Anthony in the clothes his Dad had purchased as his going home outfit. Blue, of course.  They were both so excited they could hardly get the baby’s clothes on him.

It was a sunny and warm October day so she was glad they had opted for lighter clothes.  On the car ride home she noticed that there were scattered puffs of clouds in the sky.  The clear blue sky.  Perfect for bringing a little blessing home for the first time.

She looked down at Anthony and he opened his eyes and stared at her as if to say, “Take me home, Mom.”  She was too happy to cry but her smile was the biggest ever.  She and Marco had a lifetime to share with their son.  Welcome Anthony.  And thank you, Lord.

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