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Tribute to Birth Mothers

[Thoughts from an adopted mother-to-be early this morning]

How loved you are by God–so loved that He sent two mothers to care for you.
In a broken world, things are not as they should be–yet He does not leave things as they are–God looked down and as your Heavenly Father He provided.

He created you. Even in your mother’s womb, your days were numbered and He had a plan–by Him, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. He created you with joy and love–and in the very beginning He entrusted you to her.

She made a decision to give you life dispite the circumstances. For this, she is brave, courageous and strong.
Each mother with a different story, yet the same…
Too young to raise a baby, she felt in her heart God had prepared a family who had been set apart just for you. She was unselish and brave. Bless her.
Too sick to work and knowing her time was short, she carried you miles to a place she had heard would care for you–her heart was broken but she loved you more than a broken heart. Bless her.
Too tired to walk further, she placed you carefully in the chapel and prayed desperately that someone would hear your cry. It was not easy, but she could go no further–and faithfully He answered her prayer. They said you were abandoned, but God was always there–you were never alone. He was faithful and sent someone quickly. How loved you are!
Closing her eyes in weakness she whispered to your father what to do if he also got too weak to continue work and care, and then she prayed God would give him strength and bravery to follow through with her wishes if times became too hard. She gave her fear of the unknown to the Lord and trusted. In a broken world, she was brave. Bless her.

Her loss is my gain. Life is broken, yet beautiful.
It is written: Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you furfill the law of my Son. Even in my joy, I grieve.
Life isn’t always how we dream or plan, and for her–this was true.
Yet God was faithful and heard her prayer. Even in pain, He blessed her.
My loss will forever be her gain. I will never replace her. She is your birth mother. She carried you in her womb. She rejoiced in your kicks while you were still in her belly. She gave you life. She nursed you and you brought her joy. She made the decision to be selfless and protect you when the day turned to night. She is your birth mother, and she is brave. I will always wonder what it was like to hold you as newborn; what it was like to have you sleep on my chest; but this was her joy–and it is as it should be. You were her joy. You are are also mine. All part of a beautiful story.

Life is broken, yet He makes it beautiful–and every birthday I will be the mother who will hold you; I will rejoice in the day of your birth and in God’s faithful protection; In the days of the unknown, He fed you; He NEVER left you! He loved you so much that He brought you safely to this world and in it’s brokenness, He whispered to our hearts we had another child waiting for us. The whisper of the Lord is strong–and although quiet it could never be misunderstood by one of His. You are our child. You ARE our child. You ARE OUR child. I will rejoice; And I will love you forever! How I love you! How I long for you!

I am humbled to know I am the one she prayed for. Help me Lord to be as brave as she was and to mother unselfishly and with courage. Bless her.
With the strength of Jechebed–Moses mother–she grieved in the world’s brokenness yet she took the most incredible leap of faith and prayed someone would rescue you. She intrusted part of herself to me through You. I do not know her, but together we embrace you and one another. Our hands are lifted high.
And like Pharoah’s daughter, I have seen the miracle in the river and I have fallen in love.
My heart leaps for joy!
You are mine! You are mine! You are mine!
My heart longs to be your mother. To see you do the rest of your firsts. To watch you play and live. You are my child! You ARE my child! You ARE MY child!!!

How the Lord must love you to make us long for you so!
All because of a faithful loving God.
And on the other side of the world, one mother’s longing.
And because of another mother’s bravery.

Are These Kids All Yours? - September 10, 2009 - 9:58 am

I am crying…..I love your post…..and the fact that we are so privileged and so often don't even notice it!

Beautiful Mess - September 10, 2009 - 10:03 am

That was ABSOLUTELY beautiful!

God bless you and all the birth mothers.

emilyvogeltanz - September 10, 2009 - 10:22 am

Hello! I found your blog via Kristi J's rave review of your blog and adoption adventure on her blog. 🙂
My husband and I are #10 on the wait list for a baby girl from Ethiopia with AGCI. We live in Athens, GA so I was beyond excited to see that you live in Roswell!! (we also used AAA Partners and had an easy + fast home study with them! they were great to work with.)
I'm really enjoying your blog. You are a great writer, keep it up!

Excited to meet you in "blog world" and hope our paths cross in real life sometime!

Emily Vogeltanz
Our blog: vogeltanz family . com

3 Blessings - September 10, 2009 - 2:44 pm

Hello! I found you from Lucy Lane's blog. We are also a family of five and we are in the beginning stages of adopting from Ethiopia with AGCI. It is so wonderful to meet other families going through the same process. Such a blessing. I look forward to reading more from you in the future. God's blessings to you and your journey.

Julie - September 11, 2009 - 6:18 pm

Beautifully written….Just wanted to welcome you guys to the adoption journey!

Sarah - April 11, 2010 - 5:23 pm

Andrea- I finally found this post (the one you mentioned on the listserv… Thank you. This is so precious because it is what is in my heart. I don’t have the gift of words you have, but your gift has become mine- and now I have words.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassions and God of all comfort; Who comforts us in all our affliction that we may be able to comfort those who are in every affliction through the comforting with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Cor. 1:3-4