Our Christmas Miracle: A beautiful little flower named Lily Rose
Photos © Paul Cotter Photography
A precious family Christmas gift was delivered last week. On December 8th at 9:50 p.m., Lily Rose Cotter was born to our son Ben and his wife Mary Catherine. In one joyful, tearful moment, Bonnie and I became grandparents for the first time -- making this one of the happiest nights of my life.
When Lily was born, she didn't scream and fuss. She let out one short little cry -- barely a breath -- and then looked around the room with contentment and curiosity. She didn't even wail when the doctors jabbed her with a needle to give her a shot. Ahhh, sweet Lily. Your calmness and serenity will serve you well in life.
As proud as I am of Lily, I'm equally proud of Ben and Mary Catherine. In a short time, they've blossomed into parents whose hearts are consumed by love and the overwhelming instinct to protect the little one nestled in their arms.
Lily With Her Proud Parents
As I watched them bathe, feed and cuddle their new daughter, I saw a powerful bond forming between them. Lily is enraptured by the sound of her parents' voices, and she loves gazing at their faces when they hold her. She knows she's safe and warm and loved beyond measure.
Lily With Her Mama
For Bonnie and me, it's been a long time since we've had that experience -- holding a tiny one and feeling that our hearts may burst from all the love inside. It's good to feel it again. It's good to be a grandparent. We get 100% of the joy on our plates, with just a small slice of the parental responsibility. That's quite a bargain.
Lily With Nonnie (Grandma Bonnie)
So, yes, it's a magical holiday for our family. We have so much to be grateful for, and we appreciate more than ever that the most valuable gift can't be bought in a mall. The greatest gift we share is the gift of life. This Christmas, it arrived in a package weighing 8 pounds, 2.5 ounces. Her name is Lily Rose.
Happy Holidays, Y'all.
I hope the holiday season is as joyful for you as it has been for us. Cheers & best wishes,
(Now enjoying my new grandpa name, "Papa".)