Thursday, February 12, 2009

The call

His skin is the color of vanilla soy latte. His huge black eyes are set in alert half moons and seem to say, "Me? I'm going to America?" His full pouty lips just beg to be kissed. And his delicate little fingers are already wrapped around my heart. He has the most perfect ears, flared nostrils and the sweetest tuft of hair on top.

When I stopped by my favorite Ethiopian restaurant to get take-out for dinner, I had no idea we'd be celebrating a huge milestone in our adoption journey over injera and doro wat. I placed my order and told her I'd be back at 4p to pick it up. Then I headed back to the office.

About 3p my office phone rang and Karla intercommed that Lisa from Bethany was holding for me. Allison, my SIL, happened to be in town and sitting in my office. We just stared at each other as my heart hit the floor. I knew it was THE call. I've been walking around with my Blackberry glued to my palm for 8 months and she calls on my office phone!
When I answered she said, "You knew you were getting a referral today, didn't you?" (Apparently Spence had called her earlier in the day to ask about travel shots.) I said, "Actually, I thought it would be tomorrow, but I was just rallying for a pre-Valentine's Day baby." She said, "You got it!"

She proceeded to tell me the details, then said she was going to email me some docs, which I knew would include a picture. When she asked to confirm my email address, I gave her the WRONG ADDRESS. She read it back to me, and I apparently just made up half of it. Truthfully, I was talking and listening, but not hearing or making any sense. When the doc finally arrived, I forwarded it to Spence so we could open it at the same time. We searched and searched, but there was no picture. I hung up with Spence and called Lisa back, knowing she was about to leave for the day. The receptionist pleasantly said, "She's in with the director. Would you like her voicemail?"

"Absolutely not!" I shouted. "I just got my referral and there is no picture! Please don't let her walk out the door until she calls me."

I'm sure she deals with pushy, impatient adoptive parents all the time, so she said, "Hold on a minute." Within seconds, Lisa was on saying another email is coming through with more detail and a picture. I popped the email open without even forwarding it to Spence -- whoops! -- and saw...[insert angels singing].

The rest of the afternoon was a blur of questions like: How do you pronounce his name? Wonder what his story is?" And me gasping things like: We have NO boy clothes. And Caroline's pastel room won't work.

When I got home, we feasted on Ethiopian cuisine and stared at his picture. But we didn't show it to Caroline until after dinner. Instead we broke out the video camera to capture the virtual meeting of brother and sister. When we said, "That's going to be your brother," Caroline replied, "No, that's my sister."

Well, he is dressed in white and lying on a pink blanket.

So I ask, would it be too much to laminate his picture and pin it to my shirt?


Margaret said...

What a great story!!! Of what I can see, your son looks as cute as can be!!!! C is going to be such a great big sister!!!!

Julia said...

Absolutely not, there's one new mom who wants to make a life-size cardboard cut out.

blessedmomto7 said...

YAY! LAMINATE THAT BABY! Don't stop there, t-shirts, coffee cups mouse pads-go for it! Yay for you! Praise GOD!

los cazadores said...

Awww...seriously. That is so cool that you were feasting over Ethiopian when you were celebrating your referral. He sounds precious. Funny thing, Olly had a pink shirt on in one of the referral pics and Craig's niece asked, "why does he have pink on?"


Farmboy and Buttercup said...

Many congrats to your family! What a beautiful forehead :)

Hey, our local Ethiopian restaurant is also called GoJo. I never asked him what it meant, but it must be a familiar/popular Ethiopian term.

Congrat again on you referral.

Lori said...

Thanks for sharing your story, I always love to hear ALL the details! So happy for you and your sweet boy. I can't wait to see the rest of his face!

Betsy Combs said...

Congratulations!!!! We are thrilled for you!!! Your stories are great ~ thanks for sharing them with us!

love, craig and betsy
david, sarah beth, katie, calvin and aj!

Evelyn said...

How wonderful to be in the clouds in love! Happy Valentine's Day! I love the imagery of his fingers wrapped around your heart. Beautiful!

Holly said...

i love your referral story! :) Congrats again!

Coffeybunny said...

Yay! Thanks for the referral story, they are usually filled with beserk emotional crazies! Happy beserk crazies, though. The forehead is beautiful. Can't wait to see more!