Sunday, May 08, 2011

Happy Mother' Day to all Mom's Who Gave the Gift of Life #prolife #parents #moms #mothersday

Mother's day is here and it is a great day to remember our moms who gave us life, cared for our needs while growing up and continue to listen to our trials and tribulations as adults. My mom has been there for me through tough times during my teens and has always offered me unconditional love and support.

Sadly, not all moms are able to share every milestone with their children because they selflessly gave them up for adoption due to financial or personal reasons and others won't share those priceless moments of seeing their baby's first steps, first words and first day of school because they chose to abort them. Today we mourn those children who lost their lives due to abortion and pray for those mothers who made that inconceivable choice and today we remember all mother's who gave birth and gave the gift of life to their child, especially those who gave their babies up for adoption, who may never meet their child but knows they did what was best and gave their child life.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and this year be sure to honor all mothers, grandmothers, daughters, and birthmothers. Amanda Lord, Field Coordinator with Students for Life of America explains the importance of reaching out to all mothers, including birthmother’s this year:

Nearly every American can tell you why we celebrate Mother’s Day. People use it as a day to honor their mother, grandmother, stepmother, or someone else they view as a mother figure.

But there is one type of mother that is commonly forgotten. These mothers watch as other women receive handmade cards, flowers, breakfasts in bed, and family brunches. On Mother’s Day, they don’t receive a card made by their child, no burnt pancakes covered in maple syrup, and there isn’t a single flower to put into a vase.

Some of these forgotten mothers will spend this May 8th in tears.

The mothers I’m speaking of are Birthmoms, women who place a child for adoption. Generally, these mothers are not celebrated on Mother’s Day. It’s not because people are cold-hearted or thoughtless toward birthmoms. Rather, most don’t know how to respond. They think it might be insensitive to say anything to a birthmom on Mother’s Day. Others are simply unaware of the birthmoms around them.

Birthmoms never celebrated their baby’s first word. They could not guide them in their first steps. They didn’t pack their child’s lunch for the first day of school. They weren’t there to take prom pictures. But they are still Mothers. They should be honored as much as mothers who parent their children. They made the ultimate and most selfless sacrifice in order that their child may live and thrive.

As a Birthmother, I am so grateful to be surrounded by people who honor me as a mother. Every year I am honored in one way or another – flowers, cards, or even dinner. Having someone celebrate my motherhood reminds me that I am not alone on a day that can sometimes be painful.

This year, my organization – Students for Life of America – has expanded our annual Mother’s Day Postcard campaign giving individuals the opportunity to not only thank their mothers and grandmothers for choosing Life but to thank their birthmothers or a birthmother they have never met. View the postcard here.

It is my hope that there will come a day when all mothers are honored on Mother’s Day, and I believe that receiving a ‘thank you’ via an organization that helps save the lives of babies like my son would be a blessing.

©2008-2010 Patricia Garza

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