Adoptive Families Blog

6 Ways to Celebrate Birth Mothers

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 11, 2019

The Saturday before Mother's Day has been traditionally honored as Birth Mother's Day throughout the US. While we think it's totally appropriate to celebrate birth mothers all weekend long, we're taking today to highlight the amazing, brave, loving women behind each adoption story.

One of the most common questions future adoptive parents have to work through, for themselves, is this:

"What would it be like to raise a child who also had another family that loved him first?"

A child's birth mother will always be a special part of his or her story. As most of Lifetime's adoptive parents share, once you get to know the ONE birth mother who has chosen you to become her baby's family, the natural progression is to grow a deep love and care for that amazing woman who made your adoption dreams come true.

So this Mother's Day weekend, as you recognize your own adoption miracle, or pray for the next step in your adoption goals, take a moment to celebrate the brave love that threads between all birth mothers. Here are a few ways you can honor birth mothers today:

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Topics: Birthmother's Day, Open Adoption, Christian Adoption, Birth Mother's Day, Mother's Day, birth mother stories, National Birth Mother's Day

What to Do When Mother's Day is Hard

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 10, 2019

Mother’s Day isn’t easy without a child to hold and hug, when more than anything, you want that. It's so hard to have that longing, and not have something that so many other women are experiencing - motherhood. Not having a child can make the second Sunday in May so much more difficult.

If Mother’s Day brings feelings of pain or longing for you, know that you're not alone. Lifetime's Founder Mardie Caldwell is an adoptive mother herself, and shares, "A lot of the time on Mother's Day, I just wanted to curl up in bed and forget the whole day because it can be really painful."

It's hard to wait when you're SO ready to be a mom. Right now, God might be saying, “Not yet. Wait.” While you have no idea what's in store, He does! His plan is more considerable than anything you can envision.

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Topics: Mother's Day, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait

Art that’s ‘filled with joy’ & Heart for Birth Mothers

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 8, 2019

Hand-Lettered Artwork to Benefit Lifetime Foundation

Here at Lifetime, many of our staff have volunteered their personal time, donations, and talents to help the Lifetime Adoption Foundation serve birth mothers. This week our own Libby Denniston launched a project in her Etsy shop that combines her passion for modern calligraphy with the work we do through the Lifetime Foundation. Many of Lifetime’s followers will recognize Libby as a regular webinar hostess, but behind the scenes she also does a lot of our design for outreach and adoptive parent profiles, among other things.

In honor of Mother's Day this month, Libby hand lettered a verse from Psalm 9, and the proceeds from the sales of this art print will go to helping birth mothers through the Lifetime Adoption Foundation!

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Topics: Christian Adoption, Birth Mother's Day, Mother's Day, Lifetime Adoption Foundation, Lifetime Foundation, National Birth Mother's Day, adoption is love

Mother's Day Takes on the Meaning You Give It

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on May 11, 2018

My first Mother's Day was pretty exciting! There had been a lot of pain before that: I’d lost seven pregnancies, really wanted to become a mother, and had been waiting to be chosen by a birth mother. There were times we were thinking we were going to be parents and we weren't, and I always had some feelings around Mother's Day. I had a miscarriage a week before Mother's Day, which was really hard. And then I had another one ON Mother's Day. We were getting ready to go to church, and I knew I was losing the baby!

A lot of the time on Mother's Day, I just wanted to curl up in bed and forget the whole day because it can be really painful. I'm sure that some of the other adoptive moms out there might feel like that too. You’re around people (especially at church) who are celebrating moms. In the past, they’d have all the mothers at my church stand up, and that was really painful.

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Topics: Birth Mother's Day, Mother's Day, Holidays, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, how to handle the adoption wait, National Birth Mother's Day

Celebrating and Honoring a Mother's Love

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 12, 2017

If you're a woman waiting to adopt, remember that there is a baby for you! Maybe Mother's Day feels like just another reminder that you're not a mom yet. We've got tips to help you survive this holiday, and all the brouhaha surrounding it. Our Founder and adoptive mother Mardie Caldwell shares her guidance, and what helped her during her adoption journey here: How To Survive Mother's Day When You're Waiting To Adopt. And, here are some words of encouragement from Lifetime's adoptive moms:

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, Mother's Day, Motherhood, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, adoptive mother, how to handle the adoption wait, domestic infant adoption

The Perfect Mother's Day Gift: Adoption Jewelry!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 7, 2017

Are you still looking for a Mother’s Day gift for the mother in your life? An Adoption Prayer Bracelet makes the perfect gift for anyone touched by adoption! They're designed by Lifetime’s Founder (and adoptive mother) Mardie Caldwell. The bracelet also makes a thoughtful gift for your child’s birth mom. It shows your gratitude for her and how she helped to create your family!

There's still time to buy an Adoption Prayer Bracelet in time for Mother's Day IF you order soon! Proceeds from each bracelet purchase go the Lifetime Adoption Foundation. The Foundation assists women who are considering adoption with needed essentials and also awards birth mother scholarships. 

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Topics: Mother's Day, Adoption bracelet, Adoption Prayer Bracelet, adoption jewelry, adoptive mother

Mother's Day Adoption Webinar! Deanna's Story

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 5, 2017

Here at Lifetime, we know that many waiting adoptive mothers face Mother’s Day with mixed emotions. Last year, just a few days before Mother’s Day, adoptive parents David and Deanna were planning for yet another Mother’s Day waiting for a baby. But instead, we called them about a birth mother who was in labor with a with a baby girl. She had chosen David and Deanna for her daughter's adoptive parents!

In a future webinar, Deanna will talk about her beautiful adoption story. She looks forward to sharing about her adoption journey with parents in-waiting in the hopes that it encourages you. David and Deanna's story is a testimony of faith and perseverance!

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Topics: Open Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Adoption webinar, Mother's Day, Adoption process, Adoption journey, Adoption story, adoptive mother

An Adoption Prayer Bracelet: an Encouraging Mother’s Day Gift That Gives Back, Too

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on May 2, 2016

There's still time to get an Adoption Prayer Bracelet in time for Mother's Day IF you order soon! Every purchase goes the Lifetime Adoption Foundation, which helps women who are lovingly choosing adoption. The bracelets are one-of-a-kind; each bracelet is handmade and delicately engraved.

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Topics: Mother's Day, Adoption bracelet, Adoption Prayer Bracelet, adoption jewelry, adoptive mother

10 Creative Birth Mother Gift Ideas for Birth Mother’s Day

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on April 29, 2016

Dear Mardie,
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I want to give a gift to my daughter’s birth mother to honor her and the choice she made. Do you think it’s appropriate to send a card or gift?

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Topics: Birthmother's Day, birth mother, Open Adoption, Birth Mother's Day, Mother's Day

Mother’s Day Gift Idea - Adoption Jewelry

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on April 22, 2016

Are you searching for Mother’s Day gift ideas for your wife or mom? Consider an Adoption Prayer Bracelet, designed by Lifetime’s Founder (and adoptive mother) Mardie Caldwell. The bracelet also makes a wonderful, thoughtful gift for your child’s birth mother. It can be given to her as a way to show your deep appreciation for her, and to honor how she helped to create your family! Adoption Prayer Bracelets make the perfect gift for anyone affected by adoption. They’re an affordable Mother’s Day gift: $24.99 for one, or $19.97 each for two or more.

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Topics: Adoption Gifts, Mother's Day, Adoption Prayer Bracelet, adoption jewelry, adoption gift, gift for your birth mother