If you’ve seen me this past week, you’ve probably heard me talk about the AIM Birth Mother Party (AIM is our adoption agency). If you haven’t, don’t fret, because I’m sharing all about it here! It was one of the most beautiful days for me this holiday season. It’s been very eye opening for us to go through this adoption process with an agency that is so intentional and thoughtful. AIM will tell you they are a service for birth mothers as much as they are for adoptive families. They believe in loving every woman that comes through their door and helping them make the best decision possible in regards to their baby. I got to witness one way AIM does that this past weekend.
I ventured out to the annual birth mother’s party with my friend Renee. She is the one who introduced me to AIM. She and her husband adopted baby Charlie through them this summer! It was also her first time attending the party, and we were anxious to see firsthand what it was all about. When we arrived, we took a peak inside the huge tent set up outside for the free garage sale that happens at the very end. We were amazed and excited for all that had been donated! We then went into the auditorium where they were setting up for lunch and other activities. We helped with the remainder of set up while the women starting making their way inside. Some of them had little ones or family members joining the fun. It was amazing to look out at everyone knowing that this day is something many of them look forward to all year long. We all enjoyed a yummy lunch and then they broke into groups to play white elephant. I joined the fun with one group and loved watching the excitement fill their faces. At the end of all the games, each woman was gifted a teddy bear with the year on it.Several of them have been collecting bears every year since they made the hard decision to give their baby up for adoption. Each was given the choice of a boy or girl bear, and I had the honor of handing these out to the women in our group. It was a very humbling and beautiful moment.
After the party, we all headed out to the white tent! The ladies had the opportunity to go in and collect as much as they could – all free of charge. We helped them load their items into cars, and at times, stood watch over things…even in the rain;)
As Renee and I drove home, we couldn’t stop talking about how thankful we are for the work that AIM has been doing for over three decades: to love on every person involved in the very complicated process that is adoption. Even if we weren’t adopting, we would support AIM – each person working there has a heart of gold. They are not only intentional about serving these women but also educating their adoptive families on how to love them as well. They have opened my eyes in many new ways about adoption, and I only hope more & more people will learn from all the work they’re doing.
PS: A huge thank you to all that donated to the garage sale! I collected two carloads full from friends and strangers alike. THANK YOU!December 22, 2015