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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Twenty Years

Twenty years ago, I gave birth to a 9 pound 4 ounce miracle.

He was born after two miscarriages and one ectopic pregnancy.

He was so big that in my six month of pregnancy, I looked like I was full term with twins, which prompted many strangers to come up to me and make comments such as: "Ready to pop?" and "Any day now!".

After his birth, he was so hungry that my meager milk supply couldn't keep up, and we had to start him on rice cereal at four months instead of six.

He grew and grew, walked at eight months, talked at twelve months, and became more curious and inquisitive.  His favorite phrase as a child was, "I have a question."

He wasn't an early reader, but he became a voracious one.  His teachers in elementary school and high school were amazed at his vocabulary, his intelligence and his curiosity.  We were amazed at his capacity for love and compassion.

He always has been a determined individual.  When he decides to do something, he goes ahead and does it, from potty training, to moving across country, to coming back home, to learning to play the guitar (his most recent skill).

He is kind, devout, funny, talented, handsome and loving.  We are so proud of him!

Happy Birthday Miguel!  You are all that we ever hoped for, and much, much more!


  1. This brought tears to my eyes. He sounds a bit like my Gabriel - though G. is just 15.5. I can feel the love you have for him and what a gift he is to you and everyone.

  2. Wow, what a story. Like Allison, I got all teary. Beautiful. Happy Birthday Miguel!

  3. A very lovely story. Happy Birthday to your son. God is always so good isn't He?

  4. Happy Birthday to your handsome son, Miguel!!
    I wish he and Eli could've met. I think they
    would've really hit it off together!


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