For well over fifteen years I framed photos and child's artwork for at least six or seven different mothers who told me that their child was adopted, a totally wonderful "miracle". Tears leaked out of the corners of their eyes when they brought in one-year old birthday pictures and recounted the "gift" of first holding the baby just the year before. It was always a pleasure.... always a miracle. I never really thought about how difficult it must have been for the birth mother.... making a "miracle" come true, making a decision like this.
The rest of this story: I know the fabulously talented artist who made this bittersweet decision years ago. I've known her for many of the years since the '80s hair style. She's now the mother of a teenage son. She recently got married (2009). She is again a mother of a beautiful infant boy. Even more, she is a Facebook friend with the young man she once gave up! The miracle has come full circle.