First Gift

After Madeline was born, a nun that worked at the hospital came to my room to offer her congratulations and a blessing. When I told her my baby was very sick and had been transferred to another hospital, she got tears in her eyes and said a prayer that Madeline would pull through. She came back to my room a short time later with this bracelet. She’d made it herself and wanted to be sure I got it before I left the hospital. I taped it up next to Maddie’s incubator in the NICU, and when she came home I kept it in her jewelry box. When I want comfort, I run my fingers over the beads.