always had a thing for babies and little children. I was the oldest of
many cousins, so I acted like such a little mom all the time! I think
that’s why I want to protect the unborn so much now too. Anyway, that
facial expression of amazement I had back then, when I saw my little
sister…. is almost exactly what my face looked like in the recent photo
with my daughter (if you could see my face.) I still couldn’t believe
this little breathing human came out of me? It’s
still too amazing for me to fathom. I just got the most recent photos
of my daughter in the mail today from her adoptive family, and I am
even more in awe of what God can do. She is growing into such a
beautiful little girl and is so happy! I love the parents so much. They
said her eyes sparkle and shine so much and her smile wins over the
hearts of everyone! People in their church can’t help but stop by and
be captivated by her laugh and personality! Isn’t God GREAT! I was
scared to open them when they first arrived, but I’m always so happy
when I do. Thank you God for her and her great family!
I am so
proud of her and love her so very much! Because of her, I know now what
love really is and who deserves it. I want her to know more than
anything how much I love her. Will she ever really know how much my
heart aches to hold her in my arms and tell her how wonderful she is?
Please God protect my little angel and give her a life full of joyful
moments she can cherish. Keep her safe from all the evil in this world
and shelter her spirit as she grows so that she can shine with Your
love in her, all the days of her life. Lord, You know how much I love
her..please let her know in her heart that her birth mom loves her, and
tell her I miss her every second too. But also let her know that I am
glad she is, where she is. I never want her to feel
guilty one day, because she loves her adoptive mom in a way she could
never love me. The one that was there for her everyday of her life,
should be who she calls mom and the one she always thinks of as her
mom. I wouldn’t want it any other way. Let her know, when the times
comes and she learns about me, that I will never be jealous of the love
she has for her real family. I know that when she gets older she will
learn more about the love I have for her, and it might not be
understandable until then either. I want her to know she has nothing to
worry about or question. All I want her to do is be able to love with
all her heart and never feel guilty for doing so. The love I have for
her is so deep, it could never be jealous or selfish or want anything
from her! My greatest contribution to life is her. She can never do
anything that would make me stop loving her, nothing! I’m prepared if
she doesn’t understand who I am or what I did. I know God has a reason
for everything and I trust in Him. Help us, God, to
both spend the rest of our lives on earth living for You and as a
reflection of You. Your blessings are abundant and help her to see them
all throughout her life. Also let her know that she, herself, is one of
your greatest blessings. My love for her is endless and I feel it pours
out of my soul constantly for her. I could gush and glean about her
every second of my life. There is so much about her I am thankful for,
that I can’t see it possible to not praise You every second of every
day for what You have done. I won’t regret my decision later in life,
although I know I may be tempted to at times. I know it is God’s will,
so how could I think to regret that?
While wondering today how I would segue into writing about model Christy Turlington and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell's recent campaign for maternal health, I unexpectedly came across a blog post about that very subject that stopped me in my tracks and left me in tears. The post was on Single Mom Seeking by guest blogger Matt Logelin who lost his wife and mother of their child just hours after she gave birth.
This afternoon I participated in a press conference call hosted by Americans United for Change, featuring a group of people all supporting bills within the Advancing America's Priorities Act. Speakers included:
Today, America's mothers, infants and families have reason to be encouraged and to reach out to their state senators to again request their support of The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act in its final push to passage. YOU HAVE BEEN HEARD and this morning, Majority Leader Reid introduced a package of bills called Advance America's Priorities Act which now includes The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act.
It's too bad we're not televisions. If we were, the government would make damn well sure we were working right. But at this point, it doesn't seem that postpartum depression awareness is as important as making sure everyone in the United States knows about the transition to digital television.
When I first started breastfeeding my first child, I was totally anxious about nursing in public. Was anyone looking? Was anyone freaked out by my boob? I sought out nursing rooms wherever I could, until it became clear that if I was to move about in the world with my child and not spend all of my time in stuffy nursing rooms or - horror - washroom stalls, I would have to chill out and just bare the booby. And so I did. And it was, mostly, fine.
Ricki Lake gave birth to her second child at home, in her bathtub. Which is great, but I almost did her one better by very nearly giving birth in the front seat of my husband's car while we sped down the highway at close to twice the legal speed limit. However, almost giving birth in a speeding motor vehicle - which, can I say?
It's time to talk about the Melanie Blocker Stokes (MBS) MOTHERS Act again. I know, I know. We've heard this all before, you're thinking. I already called my Senator, you're thinking. I already wrote about this on my blog, you're thinking. Sheesh!, you may even be thinking. Well, apparently everything you and I have done so far in support of this bill hasn't been enough.
This past week as I wandered, or you might say stumbled, around Stumble Upon familiarizing myself with the layout and realizing the potential to find a lot of great blogs, I came across an article that stopped me in my tracks. I wish I could say it was a fabulously uplifting story, but the reality is that it was the complete opposite.
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