Happy Mother's Day!
by Annette DeWitt
I was given the opportunity to meet and spend some time with our new daughter's
birth family. I anxiously accepted. So, as we were being discharged from the
NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), we were immediately ushered in to a nice
family room style conference room, where there awaited our daughter's birth
mother, her 9 yr old son, her mother & her grandmother, as well as our
daughter's birthfather's mother and 2 brothers.
Not knowing what to expect of the day, I began praying early, "Jesus, please be
with me." And He is ever faithful. As I stepped in to this meeting, all anxiety
melted away and I was so graciously greeted with hugs and kisses from EVERYBODY!
And I was so humbled as they loved on me and Emma, and said their Thank you's.
And all the while I was screaming inside, "No, you don't understand...THANK
They asked if they could hold her and have some pictures, of course I said yes,
they even wanted pictures of me with the baby, they also asked if they could
give her the gifts they brought, if I would allow her to have them. To that as
well, of course, I said YES. Then the most precious moment of all. When I handed
our new daughter to her birth mother, she held her, rocked her, stared into her
sweet little face, and just cried silently. My words can not even do justice to
express what those moments were like. How my heart soared and crashed with each
breath I took.
Then, she wiped her tears, and smiled so sweetly and said, "it's time." She
handed me our new daughter, we hugged each other, and exchanged "Happy Mother's
Day." She then, looked into my eyes and said these very words..."I can't even
imagine her not going home with you."
Words cannot fully express the priceless gifts that I've received this Mother's
Day-the gift of a child & the gift of sharing all those precious moments, with
those precious women, Emma's birth mom, her mom and grandma, and her
birthfather's mom. I love them, for the strength I saw in them this week, I love
them for the love they showed me, I love them for the love they have for Emma
and choosing to give her life, because I can't imagine life now without her. I
love them for the priceless gifts they've given me this Mother's Day.
Once, again, words cannot express how thankful we are for what CHASK does.