Day 4: Disposable Camera & CVS Gift-card for Developing Film

For the next 12 days we will be posting about the items that make up a Three Strands Swag Bag for a BirthMom. All items are hand picked by someone who has a journey and experience with a BirthMom.

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One of my most prized possessions are the hospital pictures that I took nearly 20 years ago while in the hospital with my daughter.  I was able to take pictures of the things I cherished the most… her tiny hands, her wrinkled feet and most important  — a picture of me kissing her forehead.  Those pictures were viewed through tear filled eyes as I worked through the grieving process, were shared with my extended family and sent to the adoptive parents to enjoy. Now (20 years down the road) I still have my pictures in a yellow photo album and share them with my 10-year-old daughter.  It gives me an opportunity to talk about the brave decision I made for her big sister.  I am so thankful I have those moments saved so they can continue to help us all heal from my adoption decision.

Janelle Basham, BirthMom

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