Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Has it really been 5 years?


Yes. It has. 5 years ago today at 2:45 pm I got THE CALL! 5 years ago we saw our daughter's face for the first time!

Of course, it was April Fool's Day, & I had been depressed for weeks. It had been 14 very long months since our DTC (Dossier to China) which is now known as LID (Log in Date). When Emily Jou called, her first words were "This is the call Tammie." I got so angry that I yelled at her "This is a rotten thing to do. How could you be so mean?" And I hung up on her. Talk about nuts! Thank G-d she realized what happened & instantly called me back "No Tammie. This isn't a joke. You have a daughter! Are you ready?" WAS I READY!? Hell yes!

This whole thing took place at my office. The lady who hired me, had just come in & heard/seen what was going on. Everyone there was in tears as I sat back & took the information. Because I couldn't receive attachments, I had Emily send the picture of Chun HuaXu to David. After all, I got The Call so he should get The First Peek. It was the most humbling moment of my life to hear my husband cry & tell me "She's beautiful Tam."

After we finally got our call, we had to deal with SARS. Ugh! We waited14 months to get our referral, & now China wasn't sure they wanted to let us in so we could bring our daughter home. All of the rest of The Waiting Hearts which include my dearest friends Sandra and Gretchen had been there right along with me. This was probably the most exciting time in our lives. We had spent 14 months emailing, having weekly chat sessions, cyber showers, scrapbook supplies, the sniper that hit the VA/MD/DC area. You name it, we went through it.

I wouldn't change a thing. After all, here we are 5 years later with the most perfect child for our family.

10 comments:

Sandra said...

Oh, how I remember the day! It truly was such a special time and I am glad we got to go through it together. Happy anniversary to you guys!

{{{{HUGS}}}}}

PIPO said...

Love that post!

What a great 5 years :0)

fricke92 said...

I remember checking e-mail FREQUENTLY that day to see if your referral had come in. What wonderful memories!

Lisa said...

WOW! What a special day, time in your life and set of memories. How wonderful that you made such great friends through it all, too. I'm so happy to have become part of your 'family' as well. And we're glad that Erin is here, too! Life would not be the same without our lil friend Erin! HUGS! And Happy Anniversary!

Life with JJ, Starr and Spice said...

Happy Anniversary Tammie!! The call that changes your life is surely a moment in time that can not be matched. Your amazing Erin was worth everything and more and you are so right; she is a perfect fit to your family. Please give her a squeeze from us.

Angel said...

Happy anniversary!!!

Shari McConahay said...

Happy Anniversary! What a great story - the day that April 1st wasn't an April Fools!

Magi said...

This week is just chock full of great anniversaries. Congratulations!

eggrolls and chopsticks said...

The day that changed the world.

Thank you for sharing your story I can never get enough "call" stories. Each one is so unique and filled with such love.

EllieNat said...

I too got my call 5 years ago on April Fool's Day! Happy 5 years together!