I want to begin by thanking my Mom for being the awesome Mom that she is and putting up with me. She has been there for me and loved me through all the good, the bad, and the ugly. So without her, I would not be here to thank these next five special ladies, first names only.
The first of these special ladies is Tammy. She came into my life in September of 1981. Tammy is the mother of my first born son, Derek. He was born on her birthday and she made this sacrifice so that I could be a Mom. How awesome is that!!!
The second of these special ladies is Denise. She came into my life in May of 1984.
Denise is the mother of my second child, my daughter, Tara. I remember the call in the wee hours of the morning that I had a little girl and I began to cross-stitch a little recieving gown with anything pink. What an awesome sacrifice that she went through so I could experience the love of my daughter.
The third of these special ladies is Karen. She came in my life in December of 1987. Karen is the mother of my second son, Tyler. She actually met us and chose us in a meeting. Tyler was born 8 weeks early and she made the sacrifice of trusting me with this little, bitty bundle of joy.
The fourth of these special ladies is Melissa. She came into my life in August of 1992. Melissa is the mother of my twin daughters, Carly and Colette. It is unbelievable that she sacrificed the love of the two babies so I could (what we thought) complete our family.
The fifth of these special ladies is Amanda. She came into my life in March of 2005. She is the mother of Annabel, who has taught us so many things. The most of which is what is really important in this journey.
Many years ago the specialist told me that I would probably never be a Mom. Yes, I was sad, because this is all I have ever wanted. Tonight, after rocking Annabel, I can only think of how grateful I am to the Mothers in my life. I would not know the love I am blessed with, had it not been for the sacrifices of these wonderful mothers. Thank you all for your sacrifices which has allowed my dreams to come true. I will forever be grateful to these five women! I truly believe that it is through God's faithfulness and His goodness that our lives were brought together.