Love Liberates, Birth Mother Quotes and Inspiration


We are framing this photo for Samuel, taken by Kyle LaMere in Ethiopia, September 2012.  Under the photo will be Maya Angelou’s “Love Liberates” quote.

How beautifully she sums up the importance and love of the birth mother and family. How true love frees; it does not enslave.

Someone once said, “Children need two things: One is roots and the other is wings.” I know Samuel’s birth mother was strong enough to provide our son with wings. Now our prayer is that together we can provide him with roots.

Love Liberates, by Maya Angelou

“I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love, because that liberates.

Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold—that’s ego.

Love liberates. It doesn’t bind.

Love says, I love you. I love you if you’re in China. I love you if you’re across town. I love you if you’re in Harlem. I love you.

I would like to be near you. I’d like to have your arms around me. I’d like to hear your voice in my ear. But that’s not possible now, so I love you. Go.’”

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  1. SLM 31 January, 2013, 08:47

    My husband was adopted locally on the day he was born, and his adoptive parents knew his birth mother from their home town. I wish his parents were as secure as you are in the way you are raising your son, to know that he will love you and your family no matter what, recognizing the role you played in raising him, and allowing him to love two moms. It’s so hard to see how he didn’t quite fit in with his adoptive family, and while his parents introduced him to his birth family as a young teenager (and he fit in with them right away), his adoptive mom has a hard time with the feelings it brings forth. She gets jealous, worries he’ll favor his birth family, and even resorts to trying to exclude them from his life. Samuel is SO lucky to have adoptive parents like you.

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  2. Zoe - SlowMama 2 February, 2013, 11:43

    Such a beautiful and touching photo. He’s so blessed to have those images of both of his mothers together.

    I think you are also giving him wings — the wings to grow and develop and be all he can be.

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  3. Sue 5 February, 2013, 20:06

    I appreciate your descriptions of love, and for your attempts to capture the meaning of it with examples, logic, poetry, art, among other things which help us to understand its meaning on more than one level.

    Please continue to do this, because some of us are working hard and trying to figure it out.

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  4. Amanda 18 February, 2013, 06:32

    That was really touching. I think I’m going to have to incorporate that into a gift for my son’s birthmother. I know it will be touching for her as well.

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