Thursday, April 26, 2012

Six Years Ago...A Miracle at Malice

Ellery Adams

Six years ago at about this time, I wasn't getting ready to attend the Malice Domestic Conference.
Yes, I was supposed to attend. In fact, it was to be my first Malice. I was on my first panel and was invited to attend the New Author's Breakfast. I was so excited.

I was also 33 weeks pregnant and had just been told by my doctor that I was already dilating and he forbid me to travel.

Heartbroken, I contacted the Malice folks and canceled my trip. I also stopped mowing the lawn, running the vacuum, and carrying heavy groceries.
And even though I listened to my doctor (for once) my little girl decided to enter this world prematurely anyway. I could have been sleeping in an Arlington hotel when she arrived or safe at home with my husband, son, and father.

It was one of those middle-of-the-night emergencies that had me praying my most fervent prayers, but Sophie was strong and feisty and is now the apple of my eye.

Now Malice falls every year on her birthday and every year for the past 5 years I've missed her birthday. This year, we got lucky and it's falling on Monday. I'll be home to bake her a cake, give her a present, and show her the baby album I made for her. And I can tell her how the story of her was more beautiful and wonderful than any I could ever write.

Happy Birthday, my darling girl!

Did any of your children (human or four-legged) surprise you with how they arrived?