The Irony of May 2nd

Our most recent story comes from Sue Lundquist who is the president and the founder of the I’m Thankful, LLC. Educating, Empowering and Inspiring positive dialog within families. Please check out her site to be inspired at:

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Sue and I have many things in common – we are both moms of several children, we both live in the Puget Sound area of Washington, but most importantly, both of us have been touched personally by the process of adoption. Sue’s story and revelations are inspiring to all women that yearn to move into the “thankful” space to improve their daily life. This quote is fitting for Sue’s post and journey in life:

‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot.
Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. 

– Alice Walker 

The Irony of May 2nd

4 years ago on May 2 I met my biological mother and gave birth to my third baby girl.

Four years later, on May 2nd, I sit here with a book going to print, two items in the process of being trademarked, Ladies Who Launch/The Huffington Post/IVillage asking about mother and daughter relationships and the power of such a relationship. That’s just for starters.

Meeting and recreating the bond with my biological Mother was one of the most pivotal moments “in my life”. I had just come back from the hospital after giving birth to my third daughter when I received her letter in response to mine three weeks earlier.

“You have never been a secret and I have loved you from the day you were born”.

One of the many wonderful things she had said in the letter. How amazing was that to hear-incredible!. As I sit here typing I am crying not so much sadness for her death but from gratitude for meeting her again. Also then from the strength it took for her to give me up.

I sit here and think I am so glad I over came my fear and how grateful we are to be reunited. The family I have come to know and love. That has welcomed me with completely OPEN arms! It was if we had never left. The only difference was time.

I flew to Florida three times over the next 6 months. We had a family reunion where I met all my sibling, nieces and nephews and sudo adopted siblings-throughout her life she had welcomed abandoned children into her home. Her best friend of over 30 years-is whom I now call my Aunt Donna.

Then, fast forward to present day.

“On the Anniversary” of our reuniting, my daughters 4th Birthday, my book goes to print and the book is titled I’m Thankful, a collection of thoughts for bed, for a “lifetime”. Devine intervention working on my side-Thank you!

The strength and courage it took for her to give me up, live the life she lived, and to battle cancer twice and to have it all come full circle for her-Amazing!

We had 6 months together (yes, I want more) regardless, I am forever grateful this happened when it did and for her. I admire her courage and strength. I reflect on that courage and strength and build from that.

I am sure she died with a sense of peace in her heart.

I love you and thank you for all that you did for me. “I’m Thankful” we were able to meet and have our time together.


From this and many other experiences thru my life and the desire to teach my children about communication and compassion (and to help me maintain it) I have created a Journal titled, I’m Thankful, A collection of thoughts for bedtime for a life time.

Throughout the Journal are questions to facilitate positive dialog with family members. These tools can be adapted to ALL situations and families. This gift will last generations!!!

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