celebrating mothers

Last year at Mother’s Day we started what we hoped would become a tradition.

We set out flowers for each child in our home. Our kitchen counter displayed three vases: two vases with a single flower in each were to honor birth-mothers for their link to our family — really, their connection to the children forever; plus, a fuller vase to represent our combined family.

This spring, however, we do not have any foster children in our home. So I let Moriah choose the flowers. She picked orange tulips. (Tulips are my favorite flower.)

A single tulip in a bud vase reminds us of her birth-mother. And the rest of the flowers are in a larger vase.

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I am so thankful for the woman who carried Moriah in her womb and then chose adoption for her daughter. And I celebrate her this Mother’s Day. She plays a meaningful part in our lives even though she is not an active part right now. She is remembered always. This week, she is honored.

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“It’s hard to explain to others that you love your children so much that you wish they had never been subjected to separation from their families through adoption.” –Andrea

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Elaine and her husband, Joey, are licensed as an adoptive family and foster home in Ohio. Learn more about Joey and Elaine.

 

 

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