So much has happened in the past few weeks. I haven't written about it because there were some things we needed to figure out, and, honestly, I didn't know what to write. I'm not a great writer. I definitely cannot put words to all that has happened or all that we feel. But, I will try. I'm going to write piece by piece all that has happened in the last month. Here's the first slice.
On April 9th we received "The Call." This call is what most adoptive parents wait months for. They freak out when the phone rings and can barely hold themselves together. For me, I compare it to the feeling that I have when Parker gets a good hit in baseball. What?! Oh my gosh! Yay! Run!!!! (Nice huh.)
At the end of March we had spoken to our amazing case worker and officially requested "brother sister siblings ages 0-3." There you have it. Very specific. We were actually okay with a child age 4, but we have heard that people cheat the ages of the kids in Congo. So, if we wanted a 4 year old, say, "age 3" and the kid will actually be 4. (Oh yeah, this is about as much sense as all of this makes.) Anyways, that was our request. We were told that our request was really specific and that we might want to change it to a broader request if 6 months go by and we still aren't matched. Of course, we were open to something else, but everything has been just falling into our laps until this point... so, why not ask for what we truly desire.
Two weeks later we got the call.
I was in the shower. Of course. And, for some reason, I stepped out of the shower to answer the phone. First our agency rep asked questions to fully understand what we were looking for in adoptive children. I thought she was just being nice. Then, to my surprise, she said, "I have siblings. It's a 4 year old boy and a 2 year old girl."
What?! Excuse me? Wait. What?!
I held my cool and asked some calm business-like questions.
There was a little girl on our agency website that had caught my attention. I had shown her picture to my mom and to Eric. Her little face had captured my heart. But, the circumstances around her seemed impossible for her to be a part of our family. Because of this phone call and the craziness of the situation, I asked about the little girl. I wanted to know who she was and if someone was adopting her.
After making sure our agent knew who I was referring to, she said to me, "This is the little girl that I've call you about. She is the 2 year old sister." At that point I almost lost it.
Again, I held my cool and asked some calm business-like questions. But, in my heart, I was thinking, "Wait. What?! Really. What?! Oh my gosh."
The rep told me to talk to Eric about it and let her know if we were interested. I called Eric at work. He couldn't answer or talk. Of course, right?
I was the front office volunteer at school that day. I was worthless. I owe the office ladies big time!
After talking to Eric we decided that we were interested and set up a conference call for the next morning.
(more to come.......)