A True Hallmark Story
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In the Spring of 2011, Cornelia (“Corrie”) Parker made a huge sacrificial decision. She gave birth to a beautiful girl and chose to place her for adoption with a wonderful couple. She even permitted them to be a part of Baby Emma’s birth, by cutting her umbilical cord.
Only one year before, Corrie had been involved in a near fatal car crash. She remained in a coma for 21 days, as her head injuries in particular resulted in so much uncertainty. The probability of her survival was slim and her future was unknown. Yet, God had a unique plan and purpose for this young woman. Intense rehabilitation, the support and love of her parents, and a praying community witnessed her comeback as she gained her ability to speak and even walk again. Chronologically, she was an adult, but the new Corrie was childlike and her parents were legally advised to become her guardians.
After becoming pregnant, Corrie explored the option of adoption, in particular, an open adoption, with a couple unable to have children of their own. Corrie and her family contacted ECFA to begin the next chapters of her life.
The adoption process went extremely well with Corrie sensing a joy and peace within. A few weeks after court proceedings, just prior to Mother’s Day in 2011, Corrie went to a local Hallmark store. She was drawn to the Mother’s Day cards. Corrie expected to be comforted by the cards’ messages that she read over one by one. Instead, she felt “saddened that no one understood my feelings. I knew other birth mothers felt the same way too. It’s almost like we don’t matter.” This prompted Corrie to call 1-800-Hallmark the next day and share her experience and pain. She was told her thoughts “would be shared with the design team.”
As her social worker at ECFA, my heart also hurt for Corrie and the hundreds of other unselfish moms that I have had the privilege to work with through the years. So often, they are forgotten or not valued as they deserve to be, especially on Mother’s Day. Each year since then I’ve scanned through rows of cards in search of “Corrie cards.”
This year at the end of March, my local Hallmark store had already set-up their Mother’s Day displays and I could not believe my eyes. I saw an entire section of cards with soft floral pastels and tasteful glittered wording that are specific for the triad members, birth mom, adoptive mom, and adoptee, to send to one another. I called the store manager, Dina, and associate, Joan, to express my thanks and came in to take their photo and buy the three types of cards that speak to the hearts of both mothers affected through adoption.
I shared with Corrie that the cards were now a reality and she was so pleased to hear this news. She humbly responded that she was sure it wasn’t just her idea that started the process. She was certain her feelings were shared by many birth moms that have placed their precious children who desire to be specially remembered on Mother’s Day. Corrie is a true example of perfect love to me and a real life Hallmark Story.
This article is to honor Corrie and all the other moms who will never, ever be forgotten! Blessed are you who lovingly carried each of your children for another mother.
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things…and the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:7, 13b
~ Linda Oberbrunner