We tried to focus on having lots of family time over the next three weeks. We hosted a Chinese New Year’s party on January 31, with some of our close friends, just for a reason to enjoy some Chinese food and dress up. Little did we know, something very special was going to happen that night.
10 days later my heart stopped as my phone rang during the middle of a daycare morning. I look down at the name and it was our social worker. She told us that the next time she called it would be with good news, otherwise she would just communicate by text or email. So I knew this had to be what we were praying for.
I quickly ran upstairs to get away from some of the noise so I could actually talk with her. I'm not sure I did much talking though. All I can remember is walking into the nursery (that was once supposed to be Jerik's) and sitting down in the rocking chair. Then I heard her words, "Are you ready to go back to North Carolina?" My first thought was Jerik's birth mom had changed her mind and he is now was officially ours, but she continued.
"You have been chosen by a birth mom and you have a son who is ten days old. He was born on January 31, and is heathy. He is currently with a foster family and because the ten days have passed the birth mom's parental rights have been waived. He is YOURS."
Friends, I had never cried so many happy tears in my life! Heidi continued to share more details with me and asked how soon we would be able to get to NC. I told her I'd leave that day (but realistically I knew I would need a little bit more time than that.😉) Danny and I decided before this call that we wanted to experience this adoption process with our children this time. We all had gone through a lot of hurt over the last several weeks and what we needed was to experience the JOY of adoption. We wanted to take our kids with us. I mean, how could I be away from them again!?
I told Heidi that I would give Danny a call and would call her back with more details. It didn't take long for us to book our flights for the next day out of Omaha and to start packing bags for the entire family!
Hi, I'm Kansas! I wish we could be doing this face to face over coffee. Maybe someday, till then this will have to do!