I should have blogged on April 1st. Bad momma! Well, it's been a hard week, & I'm still waiting for answers that won't happen until some time this coming week. I hope the answers are positive. Either way . . .
April 1, 2003 THE CALL finally came! Each year I think about it & laugh at the wonder of the day. This day is my parents' wedding anniversary. Since my mom passed away in 1985 I avoided the day. I stopped playing April Fools jokes, was never in a good mood, etc. I went to work all depressed. We were still waiting for our call from Great Wall China Adoption. It had been a really long time since our DTC (dossier to China) on February 28, 2002 & the wait was endless & horrible. The day before, people in our Waiting Hearts group had started to get their referrals. Why hadn't we received our call? Oh! The frustration!
2:44 pm my cell phone rang. It never rang while I was at work! I answered it & heard "Tammie, it's your turn." I got so ticked off & yelled at the person. "This is NOT funny!" & hung up.
2:45 pm my cell phone rang again. The voice said "Wait Tammie! It's Emily from Great Wall. This really is your call. Get a pen & paper." And my life changed forever. All the hard work. All the paper chasing (done totally backwards mind you). All the waiting. DONE.
We found out who our daughter was:
Chun Hua Xu born on July 30. 2002. On Jan 21, 2003 she weighed 14.3 pounds & was 24 inches long She was living in the Yangchun Social Welfare Institute in Guangdong province. We would be traveling on or about June 3rd to finally meet our daughter.
Today Erin is 7 years old. This is the first year that she is really aware of what Referral Day, Gotcha Day & Forever Family Day means. Later in the afternoon, Erin asked me. "Is this the time momma when you knew who I was?" David & I spoke with Erin about how everyone was told about her. We called Zaydie & Bubbie to tell them & had them open the email so they could see her picture. Grandma & Grandpa weren't so great with email so we drove up to their house to show them her picture on email. The aunts & uncles were all called. And I cried. This year, Erin understands it all.
We have been blessed by G-d above each & every day with this beautiful child.