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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Seems Like Just Yesterday......

that we received the CALL! The CALL we all wait for, the CALL you expect when on vacation. So you give your agency your email address, cell phone number, your husband's cell phone, even your mail carrier cell phone number (OK maybe not their number) so just in case the file of your daughter appears on their desk. We went on vacation and no CALL was received, referrals were being made and no CALL. We came home from vacation and still no CALL for us. My hopes were dashed, there would be no CALL for us this month. Or so I thought..........

Back to work I went on Monday, July 2nd, you know how it is after returning from vacation.......... I settled in with my coffee and went to a process map meeting. A little voice inside me said "Take your pager". During the meeting I was paged "URGENT CALL HOME 911" total panic came over me, my thoughts were not about the CALL. I thought something horrible happened. I ran to my desk and called home, Kevin answered right away (whew, he was safe) and told me, "You won't believe what happened, I came upstairs and the cats caught the kitchen on fire!" WHAT????!!!!! "How did that happen??" And then Kevin said "WE GOT THE CALL! She is 10 months old, Pam is sending over her file to you." I think I screamed and kept saying Oh My and started fanning myself because I couldn't breath. I told Kevin I would forward the email to him so we could see her photo at the same time. It took forever for him to receive the email. And then we opened the email and scrolled down and this was the very first photo we saw of our daughter Lotus...................

and then this

and lastly this one

There was no question, she was our daughter. After speaking with the international adoption department at our local children's hospital, we immediately made our CALL to our agency and accepted our referral for our daughter. We would have accepted right then and there, however, we wanted to have all the facts. In my heart, no matter what the international adoption department said, we would have accepted her with all our heart.

Flash forward two years later..............to our almost 3 yr old ball of fire! Isn't she a cutie?

This is a day I will never forget, along with a few other momentous events in my life. I am forever grateful to have the privilege to be called MOM. It is not always easy, however, the rewards are endless.


Jewels of My Heart said...

Such a joyful memory! It's funny, each time someone shares about "the call" or gotcha day the memories of my two little miracles come flooding back each and every time.
Oh, how we are blessed!

Teresa =) said...

Deb -

I remember that "the cats caught the kitchen on fire" story from the first time you posted it...still makes me laugh out loud!!

Lotus is GORGEOUS and you and Kevin are wonderful parents to this lucky, lucky girl.

Happy Day to your family!!

Teresa =)

Trish said...

What a great story. Lotus has changed so much since coming home. It takes a lot of work to raise a princess (or is she really a Diva?)and she has just blossomed.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Congrats on two years with your Princess Diva ball of fire!

Laura said...


I love reliving your referral day. Kevin telling you the kitchen was on fire. What a hoot.


Jennifer said...

I remember that day!!! Katie is looking at your blog with me. She said..."Lotus looks so pretty, she is so nice".