Friday, April 16, 2010

we got our referral:)

yes! it's true and i am shouting it from the rooftops!

today at 1:20 pm our lives were forever changed.
today- we saw the face of our 4th child and i am in love.

joe is home packing for a big adventure, i am gathering stuff upstairs for his trip.
my phone is downstairs near him.
it rings!
i really thought nothing of it since well -it just usually isn't my agency calling.
and you see lately every time i check my caller id and it wasn't them i was bummed.
but anyway, joey says... "it's CHI!" and answers it.
crazy thing was joey was home and literally we were in the same room together (our great room).
so...i'm not sure how i got downstairs but i did and our consultant asked if we were both there.
i put us on speakerphone and i started to cry. emotions folks emotions!
she told us we have a beautiful 7 month old baby girl!
i replied "Praise God!".
i know i thought but didn't let slip out the words... it's about time since tomorrow would be 15 months waiting.
she gives a few more details and we hang up.
i cry.
joe and i (along with the bear) gather around the computer for our email about her and pictures.
ok, so we open up the first pic and are just amazed at her.
we open up the second and are blown away by her eyes. they are beautiful. she is beautiful!
no really, she is perfect.
i am in love.
i can not explain the feelings of adoption. you wait so long for the call, the face. then you get it and it is beyond words. it's kind of like the incredible emotions i felt with my pregnancies and births. amazing love. love at first sight. wow!

for legal reasons i can not post pics of her online until after we pass court.
prayer requests now...
pray we get a fast court date with paperwork done perfectly and pass the first time.
pray we bring her home quickly.
my heart is in ethiopia!

what a journey!


Christy. said...

So exciting!! I am a fellow CHIer and we got our referral almost 4 weeks ago...

Crazy thing is that my husband and I were both home too, and my husband is rarely home during the day. It was PERFECT!!!

Enjoy the celebrations!!!

Love Being a Nonny said...

Oh I'm so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Big Nanny said...

Finally! This is so exciting! Congratulations! Did you know that Tracey Jones is in Addis right now?

Grace and Fam said...

CONGRATS!!! Can't wait to meet the precious little bundle:)

3 Blessings said...

So exciting! Congratulations!

the overtons said...

tears...i am so excited...been checking in on you guys every day! oh PRAISE GOD!!! can't wait to hear more about her.. hope to see you guys sunday!

Emilee Caralee said...

Hallelujah! I am so happy and excited for y'all!!!

Steph and Dusty said...

Congratulations on your referral! That is so exciting! We are a fellow CHI family and we got our referral on Wed and we live in Nashville. Maybe we will travel together.

Hubbards said...

Also a CHI family and we have been home for almost 2 months with our little guy. I have been following your journey for awhile and am so happy to see you have your referral. Hubby and I were blessed to both be home when we received our call as well. I know that was also a great part of God's plan!!

Ashley said...


And rembering the feeling!

Hugs, love and prayers!

Dana said...

...can't quit looking at her picture...she's on the fridge and I keep walking over and kissing her sweet little forehead. Can't wait to kiss her for real. I am a proud aunt....AGAIN! Love you so...

Kristi J said...

wow, excited for you all...You so deserve've waited so long...but you waited for this perfect child :) so happy for you , kristi

Tracy said...

I am soooo excited for you! What joy at seeing your precious little girl for the first time! I can't wait to follow your journey - and I am dying to see some pics! Hoping things move quickly and that you will be holding her soon!

Kathryn and Kevin said...

Another CHI family. We got our referral for a gorgeous 5 month old boy, who just turned 6 months yesterday.

gsteacher said...

so very happy for you, Courtney! God is so good <3

Carrie said...

So very happy for you! We will continue to pray! I can't wait to read about and see pictures of your family of six! Blessings!

Becky said...

Congratulations! What a wild and crazy, oh so worth it, journey adoption is!!! Hopefully everything will go quick and you will be in Ethiopia before you know it! Been checking and was hoping I'd see this post soon!

keLi said...

hey Courtney! Heard the news from Dana, and I couldn't resist popping over to SQUEAL in the comments! that was a mighty long labor, little mama, and i'm so happy to know that you'll soon be holding that sweet baby girl!

Shelley Pevahouse said...

We are so happy for you all! Can't wait to meet Bristol one day!