As an adoptive mom, I’m always looking for ways to keep my child’s birth parents’ presence alive in our home despite the miles between us. On our first trip to visit our son’s birth mother after placement, we asked her to record “Bright & Beautiful: A Child’s Blessing.” For months, we pulled this book down off the shelf so our son could hear not only her voice, but her wishes for him. It opened a door for us to talk to him about how much she loves him and about how he’s always in her heart. On the next visit, we took “Under the Same Moon” and another book was added to our rotation. When our daughter was placed with us, we took “Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You” so her birth parents could record it for her, assuring she’d hear their voice often and it would give us the opportunity to remind her that she is never without their love.
If it’s possible, consider recording a book for the child you placed. Most can be purchased for less than $30(US) and can be found in popular card stores or even drug stores, and the ones below are available on Amazon. Recording them is simple and easy, and there’s a secure switch that assures your voice won’t accidentally get recorded over. Each of the books below are ones that I’ve personally read, and they’re all ones we are adding to our collection. Some tie in God’s involvement in our lives, and others simply express a sentiment that, near or far, love is powerful and present.
If recording a book for your child isn’t an option for some reason, consider just buying the non-recordable version of one of the books below and writing an inscription on the front cover. This will allow your child’s parents to read your message and talk openly about the love you have for your child. Titles like “Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You,” “On the Night You Were Born,” and “Guess How Much I Love You” can be easily found at many popular chain stores.
Have you recorded a book for your child or given him a book with an inscription from you on the inside? Tell us your story by commenting below!