Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Best. Day. Ever.

Here is how it all went down...
I was at work and Charles (the little guy I nanny for) was down for his nap. I was vegging in front of the t.v...watching something on TLC about a family who had 16 children- they of course, ground their own wheat to make their own bread and had a ginormous garden that they lived off of ect. ect...this may actualy be a secret dream I have. To be a super duper healthy crazy mom. Maybe, I am still considering it.
My cell phone was sitting next to me charging and it rang. Of course I didn't think it would be Mary because it was MLK Day, so she would probably be out of the office, but that Mary, she tricks you! She did it, she called when I least expected it!
I saw that the caller ID said "unknown" and I may have accidently said, "Holy crap!!"...or something along those lines anyway. :)
Here is how the conversation went:
Me: Hello (in a nervous voice)
Mary: Tara?
Me: Yeees. (in a nervous voice)
Mary: This is Mary...
Me: It is??! (in a crying squeeky voice)
Mary: Yes and I am calling because I have a baby boy for you!
Me: You do??! (in a even more crying squeeky voice)
Mary: Yes, is Eric with you?
Me: "No" Sniff sniff "he" sniff "is" sniff "at work" sniff.
Then I basicly just said that I would call her back in about 20 minutes when Eric arrived.
Then, I called Eric. It went like this:
Er: Hello?
Me: Er, we got our referral! (in a sobbing squeeky voice)
Er: Shut up!
Me: We did, we got our referral! (in a snotty sobbing squeeky voice)
Er: I will be right there!
And then I proceeded to cry and bawl and call the rest of the family and they cried and bawled with me. (all this going on while I am pacing in circles in the kitchen because I don't know what to do with myself) It just so hapened that all of eric's family had the day off (for MLK) and they all happened to be in the neighborhood at a movie. They ran out of the movie early to be a part of the action. They made us wait until they all got there until we could call Mary back to hear about our son! So when they arrived (it seemed like it took forever but I am pretty sure it was about 3 minutes) we called Mary and got all the juicy details about our sweet son and saw his BEAUTIFULL face...it was amazing to finaly have a face to go with the name that we had had for so long! The first picture that came through on the email was one of him sun bathing out in the yard and he is as naked as a jay bird...that was a lovely first view of our babe! Heehee!
But we are completely smitten by him and just sit there and stare at his face often. He's got big eyes and big dimples and a little bit of fuzzy hair. His skin is really dark and looks so soft and smooth...I can't wait to hold him and touch his sweet skin!
After calling everyone and emailing everyone we all went out for a big celebratory dinner...it was glorious. I got a HUGE steak (because that is what you do when you celebrate, right?) and ate about 4 bites of it because I was so excited!
Best. Day. Ever.

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the story! I cried my eyes out reading it. I was really sad I couldn't celebrate with you guys tonight at the Queen of Sheeba....darn Chemistry class.
I can't get over how adorable he is, and I'm so, so happy for you guys to finally have your baby on his way home.
April

Angie said...

Thanks for sharing 'the call' story!!! I ate up every word. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN!!! Woohoo!

Drew said...

it was the best day ever! thank goodness he has NGT!

Farmboy and Buttercup said...

OK, I am at work and checking out blogs (isn't that what work is for???) I saw your GREAT news. I MUST do a whining post!!! I am thrilled for you but a TAD bit jealous, too.

Congrats!

Jocelyn said...

YAY!! I love referral day stories! Sorry I couldn't come celebrate with you tonight, I am sure you had a wonderful time! Now here's to a quick court date:-)

Erica said...

You are SO cute! I loved reading about "the call". I'm just so excited for you and Eric.

dawnette said...

Praise God!

Thank you for sharing all the details, they brought such a smile to my face and joyous spirit to my evening.

Jodie said...

Congratulations!!!

Dan, Tiffany and Maggie said...

I've been reading (stalking!) your blog almost daily....the one day I take off, and you get your baby!! Congratulations!

the albertsons said...

great story! I think I remember ordering a big meal and not eating it, either. Too excited! I hope we travel together... that would be so fun!
becca

Stacie said...

Yay! How fun! I love that Mary got you when you weren't expecting it - that's so funny! I can't wait for you to go and meet him!!!

David & Blair said...

Dude, I don't know y'all but I came to your blog off of Christies. I am just so excited fo you both and tears really came to my eyes. Y'all are truly blessed!!

Lori said...

Oh, I just love it!

Laura said...

that's the best story EVER!

Laura said...
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Laura said...

oops....got excited and double post. :)

TedTracie said...

I LOVE IT!!!!
So excited for you guys!!!

Congrats! I can't wait to see his precious face.

tracie in tn

Ellie said...

Aww! How cool. Oh I can't wait to see him! I wonder if he was the ten day old baby that I got to hold in Ethiopia at the GFC house. ('It' i don't know if it was a girl or boy had just come in the day before and was soooo little!)

Holli said...

Crying and sniffing as I read your post and if I were to talk it would squeaky as well! Congrats! And God bless.
-A Ethiopian mommy in the making (and waiting!:)Holli
nationtonation.blogspot.com

meredith said...

sniff, sniff--great story and great celebration! he's A-dorable!

Natalie Fournet said...

What a great story!!! Congratulations! Natalie

FoxFamilyFive said...

AWESOME!!! =)

emily said...

I would say that is indeed a pretty rockin' day!!!

The Hausams said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! What wonderful, awesome news! Best day ever is right!
And I just LOVE the name you chose, and how you came up with it. Awesome!
Blessings

Kristy -Mom to 4 and soon to be more! said...

Woo Hoo!
Congratualations on your new little blessing!
Now THAT is something to jump about! :-)
I am so excited for you!
I can't wait to see that handsome boy!
Blessings,
Kristy

HeidiD in CT said...

Crying, crying, crying. What a great story and great pics. You guys look so happy! I cannot wait to see a picture - I hate these new rules! Congratulations and enjoy the euphoria!

Meredith said...

Yipppppeeee! Congrats!

Gurske Adoption said...

You guys are toooooo cute! Congrats on the referral DOESN'T IF FEEL SOOOOO GOOOOOOD!!!

Hooray little family!

Bethany

Kimberly Baggett said...

tara...
thanks for sharing your story...LOVE IT! everyone's story of how "the call" happened is so encouraging and gives us all a taste of the "the moment"! Congratulations, mommy!

Anonymous said...

Tara and Eric,

God is so good! I know the wait has been long (I read the whiny post) but that's because God wanted you to have THIS baby boy. Blessings both ways, can't get any better than that!
love you guys and will be praying
dodyb

Katy said...

Congratulations! Thanks for sharing the referral story. There's nothing I like reading more.

Ted and Lori said...

This post brought back our referral day so well. Such shock, such *relief*, such happiness, elation and joy. Congratulations you two :)

Teabo Chica said...

In tears right now for you. Thats so funny I was watching the same show on the same day thiking the same thing about the healthy thing. Awesome, you two!

LISA said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!I saw on Stacie's blog you guys had gotten your referral!!!I'm SOOOO happy for you!!!YAYYYYY!!!!!!!!

caleb&christyn said...

hey...we are super happy for you guys. it is really encouraging to read your blog on malak's adoption because we plan to go through the adoption process someday too. thank you so much for sharing. we'll be praying for you!

~ christyn

Chezam said...

Holy ca ca. This is the happiest I've ever been reading a blog. Tears of joy for you all the way in Longview, Washington. Congratulations!

Miranda said...

Tara,
We are traveling real soon to get out little one but I would love to snap some shots of your babe, let me know what house he's in. Or I guess I will snoop around. Email because we leave SOON. Blessings and joy for you in this season!
(my email: unitedtochrist@aol.com)

Jim and Debbie said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you! Praying you'll get a quick court date so you can bring that boy home soon!
Blessings,
Debbie

Just us 3 said...

Hey Tara,
Thanks for the note on my blog. I just got done reading yours, so congratulations to you too! That's very exciting. I just left Ben and Jen and the kids in Bellingham, Jess and I were visiting for a couple of days.

So anyway, congrats.

Chris

Chris & Lindsey Wheeler said...

Just found your blog.....CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I bet he is so beautiful!

Blessings,
Lindsey Wheeler

Kaydub said...

His picture is already on our fireplace mantle!

Grandpa and BB

Amy said...

SILAS T and MALAK K = best friends forever.

Anonymous said...

T and E-
congrats! that is wonderful. Georgia can't wait to meet him ( I think that is what chewing on my wrist means....).
love you guys!
-Becs theQueenB

fully operational battle station said...

This made me cry. Which, since you don't know me probably doesn't mean a lot, but know this, I am devoid of emotion and never cry. But this made me cry. I can't wait to be there. We have been waiting 7.5 months for a referral with WHFC.

Congrats, I am thrilled for you and your cute family. :)

Jamie

Drew said...

I can't believe QueenB commented! YOU ARE SO LUCKY! Becca, if you are out there, find me!

Chris & Lindsey Wheeler said...

Eric and Tara, I don't know you.....but I am REJOICING with you both. HOW EXCITING!!! I love, love the video of meeting your precious son for the first time. My hubby and I are adopting a little girl from Guatemala. It is an amazing journey...so hard but so good. I am praying you get to bring him home soon.

Blessings,
Lindsey Wheeler
www.thewheelerjourney.blogspot.com

Mrs. Terrazas said...

hey that is such great news!! I am SO happy for you guys! Kim emailed me a pict and he is a cuttie pa too ti. God is good, though sometimes not fast enough (in our eyes) at bringing our blessings (or in Jason and I's case REALLY FAST like the day of the wedding fast lol) but he always gives us what our hearts desire.

Congrats again and God bless.
K'Lee and Jason

Kaydub said...

And somehow Malak's pic found its way into my sermon this morning! It was probably some deeply spiritual point. I just can't remember.

I love you both and am praying like a madman!

Dad

the albertsons said...

Hi Tara. Sniff Sniff. can someone give us our court dates please? on the same day? and make them successful? tear. sniff.
thinking of you!
becca

Shawn and Jami said...

Sweet times...love the video. Hoping and praying for swift court and travel dates for you guys. Congratulations!

Sam said...

AHHH vCongrats! I have been following your blog! how exciting for all of you

Mrs. Baker said...

Congrats!!!!!!

Xana said...

Congratulations! I have been lurking and reading your blog for a while now so I am so happy for you to finally have your sweet little boy! Praise the Lord! Praying the next steps will be fast and smooth. Can't wait to see his picture.

Love, Suzanne

Gina said...

Tara, just thought I'd point out that this is your 54th comment, and you didn't even have to shamelessly beg for them this time!

Look how many people love you and your sweet baby!

Ellie said...

Are yall allowed to email pictures? If so I would LOVE to see him! If not I totally understand. ellieheartsethiopia@gmail.com

MB said...

YAY!!! Congratulations!!!!!!

Angela said...

Congrats!! That is just SO exciting!! THRILLED FOR YOU!!!

Caleb and Becca's Ethiopia Adoption said...

Congrats!!!! found your blog from another Tulsa family - we just got back a week ago from picking up our gorgeous, sweet daughter in Ethiopia!

Tasha said...

how did i miss this post?!?!?!?!?!!?

awesome!!