Today, the Saturday before Mother's Day, is known as Birthmother Day in the adoption community. It's a day that was created by birthmothers for their own remembrance, yet picked up by adoptive parents and adopted children/adults to remember the birthmothers that brought the children into this world.
Today we remember the five birthmothers that each made a choice to bring life to their children. In 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006 our children's birthmothers brought life to the gift that we later received. We remember their sacrifice. We remember their gift. We remember their hardship in giving birth to a child that wasn't who they expected. And we are grateful that we have each of our 5 children that were birthed outside of our family, but are now every bit our very own!
To the birthmothers who we will never know... thank you.