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The Miracle That Is Zoey Kate

Updated on January 8, 2020
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Sallie is a retired mother and grandmother who has written short stories for most of her life. Her stories are from her heart to yours.

Never lose hope that a dream can come true. Here is our family's miracle

Her name is Zoey Kate.

She is 1 year old.

She is smart.

She has huge eyes.

She is funny.

She is beautiful.

And she is the granddaughter we thought we might never have.

All of us who are grandparents belong to an exclusive club. It's the club of "mine is better than yours". I jest. But there is no denying that loving a child of your child is probably the greatest feeling in the world.

Just like our own children, we love each of our grandchildren in different ways, for different reasons. I have 5 grandsons and I adore them. All of them. Each of them in their own, special ways, stole my heart years ago. I go to their games. I go to their plays, to their school programs, to their award ceremonies. I cry at their sweet, kind and good souls. They are, literally, my heart.

But, there was a yearning for a granddaughter and for several years due to miscarriages a baby girl just wasn't to be.

Our family all accepted what was. What else can you do? But there was no denying the feeling I had when I saw other baby girls or sweet little pink dresses.

I prayed, a lot. I know that others in our family prayed too. And when all of us least expected it and had moved on with accepting what was, the miracle that we thought would never happened, happened.

She was born right after Thanksgiving last year. A cusp baby, bordering between one holiday and another holiday, Christmas. From day one, she has stolen the hearts of everyone who comes into her life. Her parents and brother of course, adore her. Her boy cousins hold her and cuddle her and it's a testament to the kind of father's they will all be one day that they really do enjoy her. Her uncles and aunts, friends and relatives all talk about how pretty she is and how much personality she has.

But for Grampa and Gramma, she is everything we ever thought a baby girl in our family could be, would be.

She is a rainbow baby. Born after subsequent miscarriages, stillbirths etc. A baby no one thought could happen. She is hope.

At one year, she is talking and walking and playing for the phone camera as though she's been doing it for eons. She has so much personality tied up in that tiny body that I wonder how much better can it get? But I know with each day, she will continue to change and grow and reach out for new milestones and I am enjoying every moment I have with her.

She may well be our last grandchild. I hope that time is on our sides and we can watch, and revel in her as she grows up.

I am looking forward to so much with this sweet, angel baby of ours.

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