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May 11, 2018

Never Say Goodbye – A Tale of Two Mothers

My children have two mothers. Both of us are real mothers. Both have flesh and blood and love and pain. Both have pieces of our hearts that have been broken by goodbyes. Both of us have spent too many days apart from our children. In our home we don’t classify the mothers. There is no bio mom or adoptive mom. No first mom or second mom. No tummy mom or heart mom. Both of us are simply mom. We need no other label. We are cut from the same cloth. We are both women who walk through life making a lot of mistakes. We try our best. We make wrong decisions. We need extra helpings of grace. We are both living a life that turned out differently than we expected. We are two women who fiercely love their children but don’t always know how to show this love in practical … Continue reading

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May 12, 2017

What Every (Adoptive) Mom Wants to Hear This Mother’s Day

Let’s be honest. Motherhood is a tough job … harder than anyone ever warned us it would be. Ever notice how your fellow mom friends strategically failed to communicate the realities of sleepless nights, potty training, or mom brain? And let’s not even start with mom guilt. It’s motherhood’s best-kept secret. As an adoptive mom, I’ll just say it: From the moment you sign the dotted line on those adoption papers, your life changed. But 5 years out, I also have good news: It’s worth it. 3 thoughts to consider this Mother’s Day (courtesy of my mom friends who finally started talking)– 1. Motherhood is forever, but the seasons are temporary. Ecclesiastes 3 begins with the words, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” So, too, there are seasons of motherhood, and specifically seasons for the mom who adopted. You may wrestle with a season of guilt over raising … Continue reading

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May 4, 2016

An Open Letter to My Son’s Birthmother

To the woman who delivered the boy that I love: I know very little about you. I know how old you were when you gave birth, and I know a smattering of details related to your pregnancy. That’s it. Strange that I should know so little when you and I share so much. When I traveled overseas to meet our boy, I wanted nothing more in the universe than to be his mother. In those first moments when I held him–more precisely, he sat on my lap as he was already 4 years old–I thought of you. (Strange, perhaps, since the room was raining Duplo blocks and the noise level was considerably higher than a fleet of turbo jets.) As someone who was adopted, I should have had a better understanding of what it means to share a life, but I did not, at least not from the perspective of a … Continue reading

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May 8, 2015

3 Truths When Mother’s Day Is Hard

  For women all over the country, Sunday will bring a bombardment of sticky, unidentifiable crafts. Mothers will treasure these masterpieces even if they have no idea what they actually are. Fact: There are worse things in life than looking like a hippo in a child’s drawing of the family– Take, for instance, being childless on Mother’s Day. If it is the desire of your heart to have a child and you dwell in the wilderness of waiting, Mother’s Day can be as enjoyable as dental surgery. I experienced three of these motherless holidays while waiting to adopt my oldest child. By the third year of waiting, I wanted to visit a new church on Mother’s Day, if only to be a chameleon in the crowd, unsusceptible to the sympathetic looks and knowing glances of people who knew my heart was broken. I had begged God to give me my son … Continue reading

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May 8, 2013

Why Sponsorship? A Mother’s Perspective…

I’m excited to have guest blogger, adoptive-mama & Ethiopia Advocate, Mary Beth Picker, share in a special Mother’s Day post. Her family is actively involved in the Lifesong Ethiopia Child Sponsorship Program and plan to travel to Lifesong Ethiopia this summer for several months.  Enjoy… The first time I traveled to Ethiopia, I wasn’t traveling as a tourist or a missionary or a philanthropist, I was traveling as a mother.   So when the heights of Addis Ababa broke through the clouds and I peered through the airplane window to get my first view of Africa, I wasn’t thinking of a land or a people.  I was thinking about my son.  He was there . . . somewhere.  A little six-month-old baby who was legally my child and who needed me desperately.  I was there to become “Momma” to him.   But when I left Ethiopia after my first trip in 2009, … Continue reading

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