The baby house hasn’t seen new paint in decades. That’s what they call it, the baby house. Where they keep all the abandoned Russian babies. More precisely, it’s where the state agency keeps all the unwanted Siberian babies, or maybe just the Novokuznetsk babies, the small town we have driven hours to reach. The baby house is concrete block covered in dirty stucco and the facade has a slightly depressing rhythm to it: stucco and window and patches of exposed concrete repeated in long horizontal bands across the front of the building. It doesn’t look anything like a house for babies, wanted or otherwise. [Read more...]
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In response to an initial introduction and the typical inquiries of new acquaintances, I will generally begin by saying that I am married and have four children. In truth, I am a mother of five children. One has gone on before me.
Two years after our fourth child was born, I became pregnant again. It wasn’t an intentional pregnancy, and I was less than excited about the prospect of adding another family member to an already full household. I actually prayed that God might take the child and was even tempted to wonder if ending its life early would be best in light of our circumstances. But, as I sought the Lord and looked into the eyes of the four little pieces of eternity that challenged and blessed me day after day, I came to appreciate that God’s gifts and His plan always far exceed my expectations. [Read more...]
By Sue Chambers
Medically, there are no reasons not to get pregnant when you reach 40 years old as long as your health is stable and your reproductive system can still handle the pregnancy. More often, socio-cultural factors greatly affect our beliefs and may deeply affect women who want to experience motherhood even at the age of 40. Although it’s not an ideal situation, the case is not hopeless. There are lots of success stories worldwide wherein age is not a hindrance if you really want to conceive. However, to get pregnant over 40 will entail a lot of factors. You must decide whether you want it naturally or with the use of medical treatments. [Read more...]
By Marsha Maung
Well, there’s no such thing as failure in motherhood…in my books, anyway. And besides, by whose yardstick are we measuring failure and success by, anyway? Motherhood is to be cherished, to be enjoyed and to be relished and remembered for the rest of our lives. It amazes me how some people think that motherhood is something that is to be endured. No, not to me…and I am sure motherhood is not like to that many other mothers out there either. [Read more...]
Sharon Simons, the Founder of Mom at Last, and her 2 Twin Adopted Sons share the happy moment of being a Mom over 40
2011 was the year the term “sandwich generation” really hit home for the first time. It was the year I turned 51 and my son turned 5. It was the year my father-in-law entered the hospital and never came home, while my mother marked her two year anniversary as a widow. Her ex-husband (my father) would soon need round the clock nursing care. [Read more...]
I frequently find myself thinking, “they (i.e. other moms) should know better than that”, or “isn’t that a bit rude?”, or “I can’t believe they think that’s okay”. Maybe since I’m older, I was brought up when there were certain social graces that everyone knew to follow. But now, many moms behave in ways that I can’t always condone. Here are ten ways to tactfully dealing with your child’s social interactions: [Read more...]