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:
“Adoptive parents in waiting: May the smile on our daughter’s precious face remind you of the smiles that await you. Our dreams came true, with one phone call, and so will yours. God’s timing is always perfect.”
“I was just on the Lifetime site, looking at the families waiting to be matched. I recalled when we were one of those families and how that feels. This evening, I said a prayer for all those families and the birth parents.”
“The waiting was a challenge, but it prepared us to never take a moment of this experience called parenthood for granted. Our son is growing so fast, and it’s hard to believe that six months ago we had no idea how drastically our life would soon change for the better. We appreciate all that Lifetime did to support us in our time of waiting, and also for introducing us to the amazing young woman who changed our world forever by choosing us to parent Gabriel.”
“It was hard when we were in the wait. It was during that wait I was learning about love, God’s love. I learned a selflessness that He has used for me to open up to our son’s birth family in a way that many don’t understand. I had to remember why I chose Lifetime and that was because there was so much emphasis on the birth parents. I would not change a thing about our story.”
“For families still waiting to adopt, it’s in God’s hands and completely worth the wait! Bless you all!”
“I’ve always wanted everything my way and on my time. It wasn’t until we completely turned it over to Him that He blessed us with the most amazing gift ever: being parents. ‘I’ve found all I’ve waited for, and I could not ask for more!’ I wanted to thank you again for your endless support throughout this journey. I know we couldn’t have done it without you!”
“We pray for Lifetime Adoption and all the families we know are waiting for their perfect match. The waiting and the wondering can be challenging for all, but I know it brought our family closer together and the wisdom and patience gained from the experience has overflowed into so many other areas of our life.”
“God had a plan for us long ago; He knew this angel would fulfill our hearts through adoption! It took me a long time to realize that while we were waiting and I want to spread a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel for all those waiting, KEEP THE FAITH! It will happen in God’s time and I heard that so many times from everyone, it was almost frustrating. :) God’s time is Good time! He is NEVER late!”
“I wanted to let the Lifetime families who are still waiting to know that God knows exactly when to bless you with the right child. I can’t imagine life without her!”
“We just cannot believe she is here and is ours. We are SO blessed! The wait seems so insignificant when you are finally holding your baby in your arms. No wait will be too long when you see your child face-to-face. I want to encourage the waiting families at Lifetime that God knows the face of your child. Wait with anticipation. The wait is worth it!”
In honor of Mother’s Day, we would like to share these lovely, heartwarming photos of Lifetime adoptive mothers and their children! Simply hit the “play” button to enjoy!
As Vice President of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.
Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.
As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.