Michelle and Shane, My heart goes out to you and your sweet, sweet baby boys. I wanted to send you this true story that a friend sent me. I think it might be a comfort as you watch the strength your babies really have. We love you both and pray each day for your boys. With love, Terri and Jim SteeleThe smell of rainAt the end of this story, it gives you two options. Ithink you will figure out what option I chose.A cold March wind dancedaround the dead of night inDallas as the doctor walkedinto the small hospital roomof Diana Blessing. She wasstill groggy from surgery.Her husband, David, held herhand as they bracedthemselves for the latestnews.That afternoon of March 10,1991, complications hadforced Diana, only 24-weekspregnant, to undergo anemergency Cesarean todeliver couple's newdaughter, Dana Lu Blessing.At 12 inches long andweighing only one poundnine ounces, they alreadyknew she was perilouslypremature.Still, the doctor's soft words droppedlike bombs."I don't think she's going tomake it," he said, as kindly ashe could."There's only a 10-percentchance she will live throughthe night, and even then, if bysome slim chance she doesmake it, her future could be avery cruel one"Numb with disbelief, Davidand Diana listened as thedoctor described thedevastating problems Danawould likely face if shesurvived.She would never walk, shewould never talk, she wouldprobably be blind, and shewould certainly be prone toother catastrophic conditionsfrom cerebral palsy tocomplete mental retardation,and on and on."No! No!" was all Diana could say.She and David, with their 5-year-old son Dustin, had longdreamed of the day theywould have a daughter tobecome a family of four.Now, within a matter ofhours, that dream wasslipping awayBut as those first dayspassed, a new agony set infor David and Diana.Because Dana'sunderdeveloped nervoussystem was essentially 'raw',the lightest kiss or caressonly intensified herdiscomfort, so they couldn'teven cradle their tiny babygirl against their chests tooffer the strength of theirlove.All they could do, as Danastruggled alone beneath theultraviolet light in the tangle oftubes and wires, was to praythat God would stay close totheir precious little girl.There was never a momentwhen Dana suddenly grewstronger.But as the weeks went by,she did slowly gain an ounceof weight here and an ounceof strength there.At last, when Dana turnedtwo months old. her parentswere able to hold her in theirarms for the very first time.And two months later, thoughdoctors continued to gentlybut grimly warn that herchances of surviving, muchless living any kind of normallife, were next to zero, Danawent home from the hospital,just as her mother hadpredicted.Five years later, when Danawas a petite but feisty younggirl with glittering gray eyesand an unquenchable zest forlife.She showed no signswhatsoever of any mental orphysical impairment. Simply,she was everything a little girlcan be and more. But thathappy ending is far from theend of her story.One blistering afternoon inthe summer of 1996 near herhome in Irving, Texas, Danawas sitting in her mother's lapin the bleachers of a local ballpark where her brotherDustin's baseball team waspracticing.As always, Dana waschattering nonstop with hermother and several otheradults sitting nearby whenshe suddenly fell silent.Hugging her arms across herchest, little Dana asked, "Doyou smell that?"Smelling the air and detectingthe approach of athunderstorm, Diana replied,"Yes, it smells like rain."Dana closed her eyes andagain asked, "Do you smellthat?"Once again, her motherreplied, "Yes, I think we'reabout to get wet. It smells likerain."Still caught in the moment,Dana shook her head, pattedher thin shoulders with hersmall hands and loudlyannounced,"No, it smells like Him.It smells like God when youlay your head on His chest."Tears blurred Diana's eyesas Dana happily hoppeddown to play with the otherchildren.Before the rains came, herdaughter's words confirmedwhat Diana and all themembers of the extendedBlessing family had known, atleast in their hearts, all along.During those long days andnights of her first two monthsof her life, when her nerveswere too sensitive for them totouch her, God was holdingDana on His chest and it isHis loving scent that sheremembers so well.You now have 1 of 2 choices.You can either pass this onand let other people catch thechills like you did or you candelete this and act like itdidn't touch your heart like itdid mine.IT'S YOUR CALL!"I can do all things in Himwho strengthens me."This morning when the Lordopened a window to Heaven,He saw me, and He asked:"My child, what is yourgreatest wish for today?" Iresponded:"Lord please, take care of theperson who is reading thismessage, their family andtheir special friends. Theydeserve it and I love themvery much" The love of Godis like the ocean, you can seeits beginning, but not its end.________________________This message works on theday you receive it. Let us seeif it is true. _____________ANGELS EXIST but sometimes, since they don't allhave wings, we call themFRIENDS_________________________
What sweet, tiny babies. I love the videos and I can't believe you can fit that ring over his wrist. So sweet.
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