Sunday, December 27, 2009

"The Call"- How it went down

For about 2 weeks now, we've had the feeling that our referral call could be anytime. We were really hopeful that we'd see our girls face by Christmas. Then Monday rolled around, when we woke up that morning we talked a little bit about our expectations. We kind of decided to let go of that expectation to hear anything before the holidays and just be patient for January to roll around. I'm so glad we did, it was really nice to enjoy a few days without feeling like my phone had to be on me at all times, or jumping every time it rang.

So the week went by and we relaxed. Christmas Eve was so nice with our family. We opened gifts, including many for Miss Lucy. Then, we returned to my folks on Christmas morning for our traditional big breakfast. We opened our stockings...and again, a few more surprises for Lucy. We thought about how fun it would be to put cute headbands and girly socks on her in the future. Our day went by, we were all relaxed, still wearing our new Christmas jammies (except for Matt, he has issues with wearing sweats or pj's in public).

About 2:30 my phone rang with an odd 'number withheld" showing on the ID. I figured it was one of our out of town family members calling to wish us a Merry Christmas. I was too slow, and it stopped ringing before I could answer. Immediately after, my hubby's phone rang, showing the same thing "number withheld". He answered, and calmly said,  "Hello. Merry Christmas to you, too." I figured it was my father in law or brother in law. After a minute or so, he said "OK... hey, honey, It's The Call, get the computer!"

I said, "WHAT?? You're kidding!" I really thought he was. Surely they wouldn't be calling on Christmas...Gladney was closed for the holidays and the weekend. He assured me it was THE CALL and it was real. To which I promptly replied, "I LOOK LIKE CRAP!!" I had not showered, I was still in my jammies and grubby glasses. No makeup. Greasy hair. (yes...I am that shallow to be worried about how I'd look in the pictures my mom was going to take!) I realized there was no hope of improving that, and grabbed the camera for my mom. We opened the laptop and Kristin from Gladney told us she was sending us a few emails to go over with her. It took a few attempts on her end...she was spending Christmas at her parents house and using her dad's computer to send our emails. We couldn't believe that she took the time on CHRISTMAS to call us and make it the best Christmas EVER for us.  We got the email, opened it up and saw the sweetest face ever looking back.

Kristin was busy telling us all of the details, which we only vaguely heard...we were too distracted by the beautiful girl we were looking at! We finally started paying attention to what Kristin was saying, which was that she was 4.5 months old, described by her caretakers as  "Happy, Happy!" and engaging and personable baby who is generous with wide smiles.  Kristin gave us her background story, which broke our hearts for her. We knew that our blessing would not come without heartache along with it. We knew that the reason she would be ours, would be because of tragedy in her family. No matter how much you think you're prepared for that, you just can't be.

We were beyond blessed that we got our call on Christmas Day. It was the best Christmas ever. We were so happy that our loved ones were there with us when we got the call to enjoy the moment with us. Our kids peeked over as we looked at her pictures and then quickly ran off to play with their new toys. Since then, they've gotten really excited that their sister is coming, that we have a face to love.

Hayden wanted his own copies of her photos to put in his own little book, and he's making up stories about a tiny little girl named Lucy, who came one day to a boy named Hayden's house. He is already in love with her. Jack, honestly, is a little bit oblivious. He will catch on soon enough.

We are totally smitten with our sweet girl. We are thanking the Lord for giving us such a precious gift this Christmas. We continue to pray for him to be glorified through the remainder of this process. We get asked constantly, what is next. What's the next step...unfortunately for us, we don't get to hop on a plane just yet. Our next step is waiting for a court date in Ethiopia. Gladney will shortly be submitting our files to the court system to move forward with finalizing the adoption. We expect it to be 3-4 months before we get to travel to Ethiopia to bring her home. In the mean time, we're forcing our photo books with Lucy's pictures in them on anyone who stands still long enough to see them :) I can't share them online until we have passed court, but believe me, she's so lovely!!

25 comments:

Lindsey said...

Congratulations Eryn & Matt, we are so excited for you. What a beautiful Christmas miracle. Can't wait to see pictures!

Gayla said...

Eryn- I cannot even BEGIN to tell you how happy I am for you. I mean it. When I read that you got your referral on CHRISTMAS DAY I just nearly fell off my chair!!! How perfect can it get??? SO amazing. I am beyond happy for you. I have been thinking of you for 2 days now... just thrilled for you and for your family AND for little Lucy.

Maybe we will get to travel at the same time? Wouldn't that be a blessing.

I seriously can't tell you... I don't know you at all but somehow feel like we have been walking this road together... I'm just so freakin' thrilled for you!!!!

Gayla said...

PS- I just can't wait. I'm just gonna HAVE to see pictures!!! If you are okay with it, email me at gaylagower AT cox DOT net ...and then I can email you pix of my sweet girl too!!!!

ReSoNate said...

Congratulations! I've been following your blog for a couple of months... What an AMAZING Christmas gift!

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

CONGRATS!!!!! That is amazing!!!! What a great Christmas Gift!!!!!!

~*Beth Butler*~ said...

aww this whole thing is getting me so choked up! :o) I am SO happy that you two will get to be the light and love that this little girl needs so desperately and that you will provide a safe home for her to grow up in knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is cherished. Love you both!

Jennifer said...

What a gift! I can't wait to see pictures.

Amy Bottomly said...

Oh great story.. :) I totally understand the desire to look good for referral day pictures. :) She is adorable and I am so happy for you! Christmas Day referral.. BEST!

Mark and Heidi said...

Oh, Eryn, how perfect!!! I have been completely out of touch the last few days and what an amazing surprise to come back to! So overjoyed for you and your family! Here's to a speedy court process and an incredible new year!!!! XOXO, Heidi

Tamara said...

So happy for you Eryn and Matt! What a day to remember - and to think that the post before this one was the "Christmas song" that I think might actually be about LUCY! Isn't that ironic - to see you on Christmas Eve at church and hug you and casually mention your song and to see that tiny bit of "missing by baby" sadness in your eyes as we celebrated Christ's birth... and to have this post here - the story of your first Christmas memory with her... awesome - I love her little life testimony unfolding already - she is going to be in love with her story when she grows up and understands how good God is... much love to you all! Congratulations!

annaliese said...

so very happy for you :) so ironic that you were not 'made up' at the moment the call came, as I know you had been trying to be for so long! --I know you looked lovely, though` as only a mommy looking at her child for the first time could!!! :) :) can't wait to see those pics!

Trish said...

I've been over to read this story twice now, and both times I have cried.

I am amazed at all that God is doing here. This testimony of faith will go for generations!

I love you guys and am so proud of you.

Can't wait to meet her someday!

specialtconstruction said...

oh my goodness! So excited for you! What an absolutely amazing christmas gift! The only christmas that will top this one is next year...your FIRST with Lucy!

Congrats! Many more blessings coming your way for sure!!!

oh and I think todd is logged in right now...but this is Shannon

Erica said...

So sweet! Congratulations!! What an awesome Christmas gift!!

Gail said...
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Gail said...

Congratulations.

What an amazing story to share with her one day.

Especially the pictures, with you in your PJ's. :)

Kimberly said...

That is the best Christmas present EVER!!!

Shayna said...

Congratulations, Eryn!! I was thrilled when Selene forwarded me your email on Christmas day. Even though I keep up with the blog, I'm constantly asking her about the adoption just in case she has some special insight that I don't get on the blog. :)What a wonderful Christmas gift!:) Looks like this is going to be an amazing new year for you!

Maribeth said...

Oh my goodness! How did I miss this awesome news? Congratulations! This is certainly a Christmas to remember! I'm so happy for you!

Laura said...

Wow what a great present!! Congrats!

Mike & Corrie said...

Wow! how amazing! a Christmas you will remember FOREVER! So excited for you! We are traveling on Jan 16th and if you would like us to take a care package, pictures etc of your little girl, just email me!
corrierusch@gmail.com we are www.ruschfamily.com

Jackie said...

What an exciting Christmas! Congratulations!

julie said...

Congratulations, Eryn! I am so excited for you. How amazing to get the call on Christmas day. Amazing!

Tam said...

What a wonderful story! Congratulations to you and your family!

Blomgren2 said...

Okay and now I'm crying... this is the best Christmas gift ever!!!!

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