Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sitting in My Office & Realizing

Yesterday morning, I was sitting in my office typing an email to one of my co-workers when it hit me.
It was Friday, May 30th. Exactly 5 years ago the day before, David warned me. We were not opening the suitcases & repacking them AGAIN. He was done. There was no more. We were getting ready to go to sleep. Why? Because exactly 5 years ago today, at this very minute, my in-laws were walking through our front door to take us to our last breakfast as a family of 2. They had asked if they could be the ones to take us to the airport when we left for China. It took us 5 seconds to say "yes" at the same time to them.
Why? Because they were the reason we were finally going to be parents. Back in the summer of 2000, they had asked us to come for a visit. Not too unusual mind you, but they said they wanted to talk to us. Huh!? WTF!? That day in 2000 changed our lives forever. They wanted to know what they could do to help us become parents. So. Erin if you want to know the truth, you were brought into our lives because of a simple question from Grandma & Grandpa. But I digress. (As usual.)
Anyway. Now it's Saturday, May 31st. And 5 years ago, David & I were on a plane headed to China. It was a hellishly long flight, & David had never been on a plane with me before. (BTW, he hasn't been on one with me since then either.) We had met some of the families who would become fixtures in our lives from this time on. My feet swell unbelievably when I fly, so I got up to walk around. As I was walking, I remember going to my travel mates, Amy, Sherry, Parris Christina & a few others. I told them that since we "were in labor," this was our time "to push." So here we were 6 or 7 women walking this huge plane doing the Lamaze breathing method saying "we can do this" for about 3 or 4 times. Talk about a bonding experience. Our hubbies thought we were nuts, & we were. We still are.
Tomorrow it will be exactly 5 years that we landed in China. And our lives changed forever.
Thank G-d!
(BTW, when I say exactly, it's because the days this year follow the days 5 years ago. See! I told you I'm nuts. These are the things that drive me.)


Lisa said...

Awwwww! Congratulations on the big day! How special and isn't it amazing the little things that we remember. Hmmm... so why doesn't David fly with you? LMAO I can envision you all pacing the plane. I would go nuts on a long flight like that.

PIPO said...

Congrats on those 5 wonderful years and the many great memories they contain.

As for the monkey recipe. I just found a picture on the web and copied it. Banana cupcakes, milk chocolate frosting. A split mini nilla wafer for ears, a cropped regular-size wafer for the muzzle and gel icing for eyes, nostrils and mouth. That's was muy facil!

Vivian M said...

Congratulations on this anniversary!!!! My, but how time flies, we almost forget...but then something reminds us just how blessed we are.
I bet that was an interesting conversation with the in laws!

Candy said...

Congratulations! How wonderful. You can tell Erin the story of where babies come from; grandma & grandpa. LOL

Enjoy your day!

Michelle said...


Life with JJ, Starr and Spice said...

Thanks for sharing that amazing memory with us. Very cool that this is the exact anniversary :)

Sandra said...

I remember this time in the lives of the Waiting Hearts as if it was yesterday. Happy 5 to you and yours my amazing friend.

Magi said...

Congratulations! This is a huge milestone.

Vivian M said...

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Lily's Pad said...

Congratulations on the 5 years and the great memories and ways that it has changed your life. Your daughter is beautiful! I am sure Grandma and Grandpa have been blessed beyond their dreams:)