One of my favorite posts to read on adoption blogs is the one that describes the story of how a family received the call. They are all unique, fun, and full of so much emotion. I want to record my memories so I don’t forget the amazement of this day in our lives.
It was a regular Thursday…I had two photo shoots scheduled (one in the am and one in the pm) with several errands to run in between. I had dinner plans and the rest of the weekend schedule lined out. As I was driving to my second photo shoot of the day I was praying and listening to the radio and just wondering how much longer…it had already been 16 long days since finding out we were number one and I was anxious to hear that call. But, I wasn’t convinced it was coming soon. I arrived at the session and as with any 2 year old it’s busy. Lots of singing and playing and chasing. I had slipped my phone in my shoulder bag and noticed it started to ring…rather than look at it I just used it as I interacted with the little girl and we danced along. I finally did silence it to see that Mike was calling….I thought that he must have forgotten that I had a shoot scheduled. Several moments later it rang again….it was at a time when I could answer so I grabbed it to remind him where I was (I NEVER DO THIS) but he had called twice. It never dawned on me that this could be THE CALL! He is exclaiming….”Our son is waiting, our son is waiting!!!” I’m thinking this isn’t funny…don’t play around about this and trying to digest what he is saying. I tell him I would quickly finish and be home as quick as possible (thankfully we were halfway done already) while he started home and got the video camera and such set up. I finish up and hit the road….but it’s still another 15 minutes home. I called him on my way and he told me the story of getting the call (which is hilarious! – he will blog it later).
I rush in and we get everything set up and try to call Brandi. She didn’t answer the first time and I’m dying….we don’t know anything – except there is a little boy. I was proud of Mike for not finding out more, even though that’s what we agreed on, because we wanted to be together to hear the news. I’m not sure I would have had the willpower.
The rest feels like a blur…We called back a few minutes later and finally connected. She sent us the email for us to open we reviewed all the documents. We found out he is 3 months old and pretty healthy. Funny thing was she initially told us his birthday and I was in such shock that I couldn’t even calculate in my head how old that made him. I’m not sure anything she could have told us would have made us think any differently about him. We love his name but we can’t share it online until we get him home. The meaning which is “be blessed” feels like such a gift to him and us. We didn’t need more than a glance to tell Brandi we were ready to move forward. I’m so glad that we video taped the call so that we can go back and listen to it….because it feels like such a dream now. We have been waiting for this moment for one day shy of 8 months since we got on the waiting list and 11 months since we started the process. It’s finally here!
After final instructions about the next steps, we hung up to wait on the pictures. We hit “refresh” 100 times in those few moments. The following set of pictures are several of the ones from the first time we saw his face. Tears and smiles abound. We were blown away with how PERFECT our little man is. We couldn’t ask for anymore. God has blessed us infinitely more than all we could ask or imagine. We continued celebrating by calling both of our parents and sharing our exciting news as well as our closest friends. Several dropped everything and came over to rejoice with us. We are so grateful for their support in the good times and the difficult times. Last night was definitely a night for rejoicing! God is at work at redeeming his fallen creation. While I wish little babies didn’t have to experience such grief and mom’s and dad’s shouldn’t have to make that difficult decisions, I am grateful that God allows us to be a part of the redemptive process. He is a GOD OF REDEMPTION whose love has depths that I can’t even fathom.
(I love these pictures and will treasure them forever. They capture the range of emotion we felt throughout the call! We are so grateful to our friend Stephanie for taking them. )
What happens next? When will you travel? When will you bring him home?
We have been filling out paper work and are continuing to do the last bit of paperwork before having everything notarized and overnighted back to our agency on Monday. We then wait on court dates to come from Ethiopia. Hopefully we will hear about that in a few weeks. We are hopeful for court dates at the end of January. Once we have dates, we will book tickets and head to Ethiopia to meet our son and attend our court appointment. We will be there for about a week before we come home ….without our boy. Then we wait to receive our embassy dates and will make the next trip to bring him home FOREVER.
When can we see a picture? Can you post it?
We can’t wait to share our son’s picture with you. But our agency does not want us to post any pictures or identifying information about him until we bring him home. At this point he is still the custody of the Ethiopian government and we also want to protect his privacy. As soon as we possibly can we will inundate you with pictures!
If you read this will you leave a comment PLEASE!?!?! We want to compile everything into a book for our son to look back on down the road so he can see how many people were excited about him coming to his forever home.