Today is National Birth Mother's Day.
Because I have five adopted children this is an important day for our family, but I think we should all take a moment and reflect on the choices that these brave women have made.
Adoption isn't a decision a Birth Mother comes to overnight. It is a long process, beginning with her choosing to give birth to this child instead of abortion. (This is an entirely different blog post, but it needed to be said.) Birth Mom's are choosing life for their unborn child even though they themselves are in turmoil over what their own future holds.
When a birth mother chooses to place her child for adoption, she is putting the welfare of that child above herself. It is the ultimate sacrifice. Nine months of carrying and caring for an unborn baby while wondering about the life she desires for her child. She has hopes and dreams for her unborn baby, just like any mother does. At some point she decided that she isn't going to be able to care/provide for this baby the way she wants. She wants more for this baby than she is prepared or able to give at this time in her life and she makes the decision to place the baby for adoption.
Is there a better example of complete and unselfish love?
I think of the sacrifice when Jesus gave his life on the cross for each of us. He gave his life. He died in the most painful way, so we could have eternal life.
Birth mothers sacrifice themselves for nine months and then go through the painful process of giving birth, only to place their child/baby with a family that they are completely trusting to give that child a better life.
What an honor for my children to be loved like that. What an honor that I was entrusted with these children by their birth mothers.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all birth moms. Your example of unselfish love is the foundation for my child's life.