Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Please join us in lighting a candle - see below:

9th Annual Christmas Eve Candle Lighting

As the world lights candles in preparation to celebrate the birth of a
child who changed the course of history on Christmas Eve, New England
Firstmothers and over 500 members of the Sunflower Sisters will
celebrate Christmas Eve by lighting a candle in memory of births which
changed their own personal histories. This year will mark the 9th
Annual Christmas Eve Candle Lighting for these women.

The New England Firstmothers' group and Sunflower Sisters, are groups
of natural mothers from around the world, who have surrendered or lost
a child to adoption and are now linked through cyber space, as well as
through personal hardship. These women communicate through e-mail with
each other, helping each other with this journey that has no road maps
or directions.

The Sunflower group is divided into two separate lists; searching and
reunited. Their status is determined by the status of their
relationship with the child who was placed for adoption. These women
offer one another emotional support as they endure the struggles
associated with living as a natural mother - the forgotten member of
the Adoption Triad.

On Christmas Eve this year, each of these women will light a candle at
6:00 PM and burn it until midnight, thus having candles lit around the
world on Christmas Eve Night. The candle will remember the members who
are searching for their child and light the way for the possible
reunion. For those who are reunited, it will burn to strengthen the
tie that was forged between the biological members of the Triad. And,
for those who have been rejected by the fruit of their womb, it will
offer hope for a change of heart and a better future.

The New England Firstmothers and Sunflower Sisters ask that all
members of the community remember those in the community who are
living a life with a part of them missing and offer a brief prayer for
first mothers everywhere who endure the pain of a difficult decision.
It is their hope that in this season of goodwill toward all that they
may share in the joy of the season.

Please join these exceptional women in lighting up the world on
Christmas Eve.

Donna Chagnon
Founder: New England Firstmother'Founder: New En

Mary Wendt
Owner: Sunflower Birthmother's

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