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Brave

"It's okay to be scared. Being scared means you're about to do something really, really brave."


Patience - Keep a good attitude

"Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting."


Irish Luck

"May your day be touched by a little Irish Luck, brightened by a song in your heart, and warmed by the smiles of the people you love."


I'm in love with a child I haven't yet met

"I'm in love with a child I haven't yet met."


The adoption took time. The Love arrived instantly.

"The adoption took time. The Love arrived instantly."


Family Tree Poem

"Everyone has a family tree..."


Never let the things you want

"Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have."


First Breath

"When you took your first breath, it took ours away."


Worth the wait

"The best things in life are worth waiting for."


Bring Our Children Home

"The emotional pain I felt while waiting for our first adopted child could have well matched that of carrying and giving birth to an elephant, maybe even two."


You had my heart

"You might not have my eyes or smile, but from that very first moment, you had my heart."


Learn to dance in the rain

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain."


You will grow, life will change, things will work out

"You have to stop thinking you'll be stuck in your situation forever."


Not random heart

"When it is all finished, you will discover it was never random."


Miracles

"Where there is great love, there are always miracles"


ANLC Baby

""For this child we have prayed and God has granted us...""


Adoption is a commitment

"Adoption is a commitment that you enter into blindly, but it is no different than adding a child by birth."


Patience is bitter

"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet."


You are my sun

"You are my sun, my moon, and all of my stars."


The pain that you've been feeling

"The pain that you've been feeling can't compare to the joy that's coming."


Quickest cure for racism

"The quickest cure for racism would be to have everyone in the country adopt a child of another race."


Adoption Poem

"On the day you were adopted you were placed in our lives and born into our hearts in a very special way."


Never doubt the season

"Sometimes we have to experience things we don't understand just so God can bring us to the place where he needs us to be."


Reflections

"And while you will never see a reflection of your own eyes there, you see something that's just as powerful..."


Don't give up

"You are going to want to give up... Don't."


Because I love her

"I chose adoption for my baby not because I didn't want her, but because I love her."


Buddy the elf

"I just like to smile. Smiling's my favorite."


A child cannot have too many people

"A child cannot have too many people who love them and want to help them succeed."


Act of God

"Childbirth is an act of nature. Adoption is an act of God."


Adoption is...

"Adoption is... love, joy, sorrow, compassion, humbling, miracle, courage, family, heartache, beautiful."


Amazing and Terrifying

"If it's both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it."


As parents through adoption

"As parents through adoption... We will forever know there are no sufficient words, and there will never be anything we could give, that would be as meaningful as the life you created and chose to share with us."


Beautiful Horizon

"Something beautiful is on the horizon."


Blessings in Disguise

"What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise."


BM Praise

"I have been blessed with the most precious gift that another woman could possibly give, my son."


BM Testimonial

"I'm not saying that adoption is for everyone. It's definitely not. I just wanted what was best for my baby and it just so happened that adoption was best."


Bob Hope Christmas

"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: Loving others."


Bumpy Ride

"Adoption was a bumpy ride - very bumpy. But, God, was it worth the fight."


Dig up in frustration

"Don't dig up in frustration what you planted in faith."


DS Quote

"There is a very special birth mother out there for every adoption family, and when you're holding your baby in your arms, you will know why you had to wait for her specifically."


Every Night

"Every night I pray to God to keep you in his arms until I can hold you in mine."


Everything you are going through

"Everything you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for."


Faith in God

"Faith in god includes faith in His timing..."


Family is more than blood

"Family is more than blood."


Gaskell

"She is the most wonderful, beautiful, happy little person we have ever met and we love her more than anything. We are grateful everyday that she has come into our life."


God knows how long you've waited

"God knows how long you've waited. Every second will be worth it in the end. Keep the faith."


Greatest Joy

"Our greatest joy... is her greatest pain."


Hard at first

"At first glance it may appear too hard. Look again. Always look again."


Hard to face the world

"When she looks in the mirror, we want our daughter to know herself. It's hard to face the world when you don't know where your face came from."


Headed for Sunshine

"Don't confuse your path with your destination."


Heart for Adoption

"If you have a heart for adoption, don't let fear stand in your way."


Hold the Vision

"Hold the Vision, Trust the Process."


Honor the Birth Family

"When you honor the birth family, you honor the child."


Hope for Unseen

"For hope means that we must trust and wait for what is unseen."


If a mother and father can love

"If a mother and father can love more than one child, why is it so hard to understand that a child can love more than one mother and father?"


In Love

"I'm in love with a child I haven't met yet."


Leap day

"Today is an extra day. Today is a special day. Today is an extra special day. Happy Leap Day!"


Love the person you're waiting for

"It's not that I enjoy waiting, I just love the person I'm waiting for."


Memorial Day

"We are thankful for all the brave American soldiers who faithfully gave everything, even their lives."


Miracles Take Time

"Even miracles take time."


Never Falter

"Something beautiful is on the horizon. Never falter."


Never give up - Skies

"Never give up on something you can't go a day without thinking about."


Never give up - Baby

"Never give up on something you can't go a day without thinking about."


New Beginnings

"And suddenly you know... It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings."


Nia Vilardos - I now know

"Because now I now what I have been waiting for. I know exactly why the other processes didn't work. I know I was supposed to wait for this little girl."


Nia Vardalos - Thank You God

"I hold my daughter in my arms and thank God for bringing her to me."


Oh there you are

"And then my soul saw you and it kind of went, "Oh there you are. I've been looking for you.""


Patience - Control your emotions

"Patience is choosing to control your emotions rather than letting your emotions control you."


Patience is bitter - Aristotle

"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet."


Poem

"You first came to us in an envelope with letters, forms and such..."


Presidents Day

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."


Purpose in every delay

"You are not just waiting in vain. There is a purpose behind every delay."


Real Parent

"Real Parent (n): Any parent who is not imaginary."


Life has a way

"Life has a way of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at all, or by having it all happen at once."


I felt more love for my baby

"I felt more love for my baby than I ever experienced before..."


Faith makes things possible

"Faith doesn't make things easy, it makes things possible."


Will it be easy but worth it?

"Will it be easy? No. Will it be worth it? Absolutely."


Rocking Sweet Boy

"As I sit here quietly rocking my sweet boy, I want to share the blessings we have because of ANLC."


Adoption Roller Coaster

"Adoption is like a roller coaster. It has its ups and downs. But it's your choice to scream or enjoy the ride."


Romans 8-18

"The pain that you've been feeling can't compare to the joy that's coming."


Roots and Wings

"Children need to two things. One is roots and the other is wings."


Snuggled into my heart

"The moment they placed you into my arms you snuggled right into my heart."


Stay patient

"Stay patient and trust your journey."


Blessed and Chosen

"Blessed and chosen is what our daughter is to us. Forever grateful is what we will be to our amazing birthmom!"


The Alchemist

"I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you."


Things I've held in my hands

"Of all the things I've held in my hands, the best, by far, is you."


Time will pass anyway

"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway."


Together we are Motherhood

"He is mine in a way that he will never be hers, yet he is hers in a way that he will never be mine, and so together we are motherhood."


Trust the Journey

"Learn to trust the journey, even when you don't understand it."


Trust him. Be patient.

"Trust him. Be patient. Some day you will look back and see all the tiny miracles that came your way during the wait."


Turn the whole world around

"It's amazing how such a little person can turn the whole world around."


Veteran's Day

"Land of the free. Because of the brave."


Wished on a star

"You are what happened when I wished you on a star."


You are chosen by God

"You are chosen by God to be your children's mother. He doesn't make mistakes."


Overcoming Strength

"Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't. "


Just Never Give Up

"A Birth Mother Never Gives Up"