Thursday, June 5, 2008

What a Day!

Yesterday was a crazy whirlwind! My face hurts from smiling so much!

I was drying my hair when William came into the bedroom and told me that I needed to come to the office. I asked why did I need to come to the office. (Can't he see that I'm drying my hair?) He told me that Terra from America World was on the phone, and I asked "Why would Terra be calling us?" (I really had convinced myself that our referral would not come until next week!)

I got on the phone, and Terra asked if William could get on too because she had our referral!!! She said that she had a beautiful little boy for us, and she told us his name. We said "What?" and asked her to spell it! (We decided it is a cool name.)

She told us his birth date and that he is healthy and that we would be receiving all of his personal information and photos within seconds.

Terra also told us that although getting through court is a realistic concern, we should hopefully be traveling in 10-12 weeks!

After we got off of the phone, William put pants on, and we ran downstairs and gathered around the computer with the video camera running to capture the moment. We ooooed and ahhhhed over him, but I don't think the moment is You Tube-worthy!

We both began trying to call our parents. None of them were available. We both got a hold of our siblings, and then tried our parents again with no luck. So we began calling some friends, but they were not answering either! My friend LJ's kids were at home, weren't allowed to answer the phone, but heard the message and called her. She was out running errands with her husband, and he offered to detour and drop her here so that she could get all of the details! After LJ left, we tried calling our parents again. Eventually, we got through! It was 1 1/2 hours before I got my mama!

We decided to run over to the church office and tell our friend Dave who has helped us along the way a lot. We got to share our joy with a lot of the church staff!

Then off we went to CVS to make prints of the photos. All 5 of us and my mom have a small photo album with 2 adorable photos in them.

William took the kids to swimming today. Annika went off the diving board for the 1st time ever and earned herself a candy bar! Woo hooo! She did it 3 times! She timidly approached the end of the board and then exclaimed to William, "Here comes your bouncy ball!" I was at my massage and missed the other monumental occasion of the day!

For dinner, we went for Ethiopian food, of course! Mom went with us to celebrate, and we met up with the Kepley family. They are friends of ours who are also adopting from Ethiopia, and she happens to be our social worker. We had a great time, and the kids had fun playing hide-and-seek and dancing and singing on the stage. The owner's little girls were also there singing Hannah Montana tunes. It was so cute.

After dinner, we headed to Target to buy some blue clothes to send to Ethiopia. (In one of our referral photos, our guy is wearing a pink-trimmed flowery onesie!) Our friends, the Cordells are leaving for Ethiopia soon, and they will be able to take a few things for us. So, we are sending two teething toys, and outfit that my mom got tonight, a onesie, and a lovey that I have been sleeping with to get my stink on it for our baby to smell and get to know his new mama. Dana also promised to love on our baby, and I'm sure that she will pray over him! What a blessing for us!

We would LOVE to show you our son's photos; however, he is not legally ours yet and we cannot post any identifying information publicly. Sorry! After the court date, we will happily show you our handsome boy!

We have also decided that we need to keep the information about his mother and the circumstances that led him to the orphanage to ourselves. It will be his story to share if he decides to when he gets older.

COMING SOON: a name!


Zack & Rebecca Caldwell said...

We are so excited for you guys! Praying for a speedy court date!

Kristin said...

Yay! Congrats to you and your family! Getting that call is the best isn't it!? We came back in March with our little girl and it was an amazing trip! We'll be watching your blog to get the updates!
God bless!

Scott said...

Alright! Congrats we are so happy for you guys, going thru adoptions together has been great, now the real work begins!!!

Anonymous said...

Don't hold your breath on the pink/blue issue! Our baby girl was ALWAYS in BLUE! It seemed to me that they would go out of their way to put her in all blue and trains/planes, etc. for pictures! I looked very closely the first time her nanny changed her diaper just to make sure! LOL!!
They really don't have any idea that pink is for girls and blue is for boys there! I think it's more, whatever I can grab when needed is what you wear! I was so happy to see Myli in ALL PINK!!!


Jen said...

What an exciting you will never forget! How awesome that Dana can get a chance to love on your little guy for you!!

Amber said...

i have been checking here every day to see if there is any news...and i missed yesterday of all days!!! CONGRATULATIONS, oh my, i can't wait to see his cute little face :) praying all goes well

Jill Coen said...

Susan, sounds like he is wearing the outfit that Silas was wearing when we met him. :) I'll email you a picture.

Can't wait to meet him!

Beth said...

Congratulations!! I'm very happy for you and look forward to seeing his picture when he is legally yours!

Jori said...

I love the airplane onesie; just on the baby!! Thank you so much for sharing (loved the swimming pool comment!) I am so happy for you guys and am praying for speedy court dates. Congrats again!! :P)
Blessings, Jori

Carpenters said...

I'm so glad that you were both there to get the call. I can just imagine the millions of smiles that day. I'm so happy for all of you!

With Love,

Dave said...

I made the blog. I am now officially famous! :)
Congrats. Can't wait for your court date and we are praying!!