When Ed proposed to me, I reminded him that surgery I’d had for endometriosis made having a baby almost impossible. He said he loved me unconditionally and wanted me to be his wife.
After four years of marriage, we believed that adoption was a beautiful option. We started the process. Months later, I suddenly felt queasy. A test confirmed that I was pregnant. It was a miracle! We were so very grateful to God.
After a few weeks, I started to bleed heavily. I rushed to the doctor. He sent me home with a pamphlet that said, “How to prepare for a miscarriage”. We were in shock. We prayed to God, and then I had a heart-to-heart talk with our baby. I said, ”This is your mother speaking. The doctor says you may fall out. We think he is wrong because nothing is impossible for God. You hold on. I will rest, and your daddy will take good care of us.”
Ed and I prayed and prayed as we waited for the ultrasound. We begged the technician to tell us if our baby was alive. She said the doctor would tell us later that week. Ed and I cried out loud as she walked away. She hesitated at the door and came back to the monitor. She turned it towards us and pointed at a tiny light that was blinking on and off. She said, “That is a baby’s heartbeat.” Then she walked towards the door gently smiling as Ed and I hugged each other tight and cried happy tears. We said, ”God bless you.”
Seven months later, our healthy son was born with thick beautiful dark hair, big brown eyes and long lashes. It was our happiest first Mother’s Day.
Leonor “Leo” and Ed Rivera were members of the local Worldwide Marriage Encounter community for 32 of their 34 years of marriage until Ed unexpectedly died of a genetic heart defect on Aug. 1, 2020.
To read more of Leo and Ed’s blogs, visit https://catholiccourier.com/viewpoints/blogs/to-have-and-to-hold.