Note from my diary many, many years ago:
I sure have come a long way – teenager, going steady, engaged, wife and now mother. It feels great to have a dream come true. Even though he didn't grow inside me, I now have the most beautiful baby a mother could have. Our son has been with us for only five days and already he feels like a part of us; like he really belongs here. God must have made him especially for us to love.
I wrote this to express my joy and wonder of becoming a mother after waiting many years for this miracle to happen. We filed for adoption and were approved two years later and received a call that we could meet and bring our baby boy home. I cannot express the peace and contentment I felt when he was placed in my arms, and I looked into his perfect little face. I had missed only 3 weeks of his life and we had a lifetime of memories ahead of us.
My prayer for the other Mom on his birthday:
Oh God that I may never forget that someone suffered so much to give life to my child. That someone loved my child so very much that she gave him the right to live. May I never forget for a moment and especially now, today, to offer a prayer of thanks for that someone, and that you, dear God, will always be there for that someone to help her through the hurts she will have when she stops to think that today is his birthday. Amen