An Open Letter to a Young Russian Mother

I don't know your story, but I wish did.

Sometime on this day in 2003 you entered a maternity hospital somewhere in Moscow, your body contracting in labor. Was it a long grueling ordeal? Was it painful? Were you scared? Were you alone?

I don't know.

I do know you gave birth to a beautiful, brown haired, healthy baby girl that weighed 6lbs and a few ounces.

In 2003 we had absolutely no idea what you were going through halfway across the world and that we would eventually be forever connected to you.

But God did.

When I daydream about you I like to think you were possibly a college student or just starting out in your career and not quite ready for a baby at that time. But I don't know. I like to think that you are more settled now in your life and are achieving whatever goals you've set. But I don't know. I like to think you are a dark haired, green-eyed athletic beauty with a quick mind, joyful spirit and a spunky, independent personality. But I don't know.

But God does.

I do know you could have made another choice eight years and nine-ish months ago, but you chose life.

And there are no words to adequately express our humbled hearts and deep gratitude for your selfless gift.
Thank you.


  1. Beautiful post. It's so amazing to think about what God orchestrated and how he wove her story from the beginning. I'm so glad we have this in common - a humble and grateful heart of an adoptive mom. Happy Birthday, A - I hope it's a special day for you!

  2. Well, that was the perfect thing to start my Sabbath day off with. Thanks!!!

  3. Beautiful words. What a blessing it is that someone has a plan for us all, don't you think? Happy Sunday.

  4. What a sweet letter. I'm sure she's out there thinking the same thoughts about you, hoping that the baby she gave up has a mom just like you!

  5. I think about the same things in regard to my husband's birth parents, especially his mother. All we know is that they were college students and one was an artist. I always wonder if they think about him all the time and if they're going to show up in our lives some day.

  6. What a beautiful letter & post! God is awesome :)

  7. Melt my heart! What a lovely post. Thank you

  8. I haven't checked in with you in a while and I am glad I checked in today. What beautiful words. I too think the same things regarding my son's birthmother. I wonder the same sort of things about her. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and letting us into your heart and thoughts. Your daughter is beautiful and blessed because she is loved by two mothers.

  9. Thank you all so much for your kind words! Annelise had a great birthday and already thinks being 8 is pretty awesome. :)

    I wish I knew more of her birth mother's story because I know Annelise will have questions--and she's already had some--as she gets older, but I have to trust God to fill in the gaps and grant her understanding and peace.


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