Saturday, November 17, 2007

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Pickle's birth mom. Mommy and Pickles -- our last afternoon in Addis.
Meeting Pickle's birth mom, 7 year old brother, Eyob, and Aunt was extremely emotional. I was a nervous wreck while we were waiting. The meeting was translated by one of Gladney's social workers. I can't even begin to describe to you how difficult this meeting was. As a mom who loves her children more than life itself, I cannot imagine a birth mom having to make the decision to give her child away. Pickle's mom said, through the translator, "I want her to know that I didn't give her up because I hate her, I gave her up because I wanted her to have life." I broke down because I knew how sick Pickle's was when Gladney got her three days after her birth mom relinquished her to a government orphanage. Even Belay said she was not a pretty baby because she was so very sick. If her birth mom kept her, both David and I believe in our hearts that Pickles would be in heaven today. Although this sacrifice is great, it truly is the most selfless act a mom can do for her child. We are deeply honored and grateful that God chose us to be her parents. A honor we feel unworthy of.............

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