Tuesday, December 9, 2008

REFERRAL...WE GOT OUR REFERRAL TODAY! UPDATED

Part II

I was lying in bed, trying to get my feet back on the ground, tossing and turning, to no avail. I knew I had to capture the raw emotions of today before it became just a memory.

Today was like any other day -- running late for school and didn't have time to go to the gym before my eye doctor appointment. So, I came back home, took a shower, loaded PIckles in the car and we went back to town for my appt. Pretty normal for one of my day's...pretty routine.

Anyway, then I went to the shop (we own our own company and usually have Tuesday and Thursday's day off, but I had some bookkeeping stuff I just had to get done) with Pickles and the day was pretty uneventful. I left a little late to pick up Squeeker from school, went home with the kids to work on homework instead of going back to the shop. UPS had left a Christmas package on my front porch, so I was in living room when I heard my cell phone ring from the kitchen.

I do need to back up a bit -- over the weekend I was reviewing a lot of blogs, stalking the FBI list with exact referral timelines and decided I needed to review some of our critical adoption paperwork, specifically the I171H. I pulled out the lockbox and discovered that our fingerprints expires in June 09. I started counting from September 16th -- our wait list date and figured we were not going to make it and made a mental note to call Mary at Gladney and get her input on when I needed to resubmit the request for new fingerprints.

Well, I never, ever get to everything on my to-do list, so when the phone rang with an 817 area code instead of the famous "unknown caller," I didn't think anything of it. I went on to tell Mary that I was doing OK, but I was tired from having my eyes dialated at the eye dr this morning. Then it hit me that she wasn't returning my phone call...because I never called her. I never did get around to calling her and leaving her a message about our fingerprints expiring. I started hyperventilating.......and told her I needed to go the shop where David was so that we could call her back together. So, I loaded up the kids in the car, and less than 10 minutes later we were at the shop calling Mary. But...before I hung up, Mary did tell me that our referral was for two children.......I swear my heart stopped right in my chest.......I had to remember to breathe.....the moment is so surreal. You wait and wait for this moment, then rationalize that you've got another 3 months of waiting, and you put it in the back of your mind and get on with life. That's EXACTLY when you get the phone call --- now that we've received two of these phone calls,,,I can tell those of you that are still waiting that it NEVER comes when you are thinking about it, or expect it!

So, you all probably want the details. Our referral was for a sibling group -- one girl age 2.75, and one boy, age 5. They are beautiful......and have captured my heart in just a few moments. Their eyes sparkle.......the love and bond they share is so evident in their pictures. I can't wait to bring them home!

For those of you that are still waiting...I am so sorry........but I truly believe that God's timing is perfect. I never dreamed that the road we've been on this year would end this way.....God is so good......all the time! Today, I am so grateful and believe with all my heart that God's plan is perfect,,,for each and every one of us!

Much love,
Robin


Part I

Oh my gosh......I'm still somewhere out in space. Today marks exactly 12 weeks we've been on the wait list for siblings or a single girl. We got a referral today for siblings.......a boy and a girl.

I'll write more when I come down to earth!

21 comments:

The Roberts Family said...

Hee-hee .... looks like you came out of the closet just in time!!! Cannot wait for details. Rejoicing with you guys!!! How EXCITING!! Blessings, Shelly

Natalie Fournet said...

Oh how exciting!!!! Rejoicing with you and your family!!!!

My3Monkeys said...

YEAH!!! I am so happy for you all and I can't wait to see photos!!

Kimberly Baggett said...

SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS! we were in ethiopia this past september adopting our two little ones who were both 3 years old, so if your two are from the same care center, i am positive i have pictures of them both!! please email their pictures and names to my email at kimbo2710@aol.com and i will surely check for you! i can't wait to hear from you! many blessings!

Min said...

Congrats! So, so, so exciting! I'm dying to know...ages???

Kristy -Mom To 6 Blessings said...

Yiipppeeee! So glad you came out of the closet three days before your referral! :-)
Such great great news! What a wonderful Christmas gift for your family!
Many blessings,
Kristy

Jocelyn said...

CONGRATS!! That is so exciting, I can't wait to hear more!!

Catrina said...

Congratulations!

Renee said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! I'm shocked and so happy for you! I just assumed you would be waiting for a while. So so happy for you. Please email me pictures!
Renee

Ladybugs appear said...

congrats - so awesome.

Tonia said...

Tears of joy!!!!

I Am so happy 4 you!!!
Cant wait 2 see them!!!!!!!
BLESSINGS!!!!!

The Roberts Family said...

LOVED hearing the details!! And you really have been waiting way longer than 12 weeks!! .. with all the delays your family has experienced on this journey. :) How exciting that God would reveal to you now your precious children. We are SO excited for your family! In case they've been in Gladney care since spring, we have pics from then. Blessings to you guys!!, ~Shelly

Farmboy and Buttercup said...

Oh, I loved adopting older. It has been such a blessing, and getting siblings, now that is just awesome.

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!

coffeemom said...

OH wow!!! So So happy for you, such fantastic news!!!! Rejoicing for you! M

Dustin, Nikki, Madison and Sage said...

Found you on the FBI list. Huge congratulations! Two kiddos--- how cool is that?! We are so happy for your family. Looking forward to following along for the rest of the story!

God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good!

Blessings,
Nikki

Anonymous said...

What exciting news!!!

Pat E.

DrewCareyShow said...

Oh my gosh, Robin! I totally missed this! This is such wonderful, thrilling news! I just said to Drew that maybe you'll get a fast court date and we'll be in ET at the same time again. Wouldn't THAT be a kick? Congratulations, mommy!

Redmom2005 said...

Congratulations to you! I came to your blog via another blog that I follow! I'm sure you're still on cloud-9 :)

The Albertsons said...

wait... how did I miss this??? Where have I BEEN this week? I'm a moron!
Congratulations!!! I'm sort of freakin' out for you here!!!! WOW!!!
AAAAAHHHH!!!!
love
becca

Lori S said...

That is an awesome story! I am very excited about the siblings!! We are meeting our daughters in 8 days!

Ellie said...

Congratulations!! That is so awesome.