Friday, October 29, 2010


It's been one whole year since I saw this sweet face for the first time. Can you believe it?!! I sure can't. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was surprised and shocked, and totally ready to begin the wait to bring her home. We studied her picture for countless hours. (she still, to this day, does the confused eye brow look when you bust out a camera!) That's my baby!
Seeing her face for the first time in my email was intoxicating! The sad part was is that I couldn't wait for Chad to open it up with me! I told him that I would wait but, he told me to go ahead. I tried sending it to his phone but no avail. I was the first to see her. Then the boys. They were excited and proud to finally be big brothers.

We went over her file with a fine-toothed comb when Chad came home from work that night. We fell in love with her immediately. Hook. Line. And Sinker.

There was a little part to her background that made us worry a bit. Nothing big. Nothing alarming, but we did wonder. What if? We talked about that 'blip' many times over the night and throughout the weekend. Satan really dug in his heals and made us fear. He tried to make us give up on her. But we couldn't. We couldn't let her go. She was ours.

So we took a leap of faith, and accepted Monday morning. It was done, she was ours and we prayed endlessly that the 'blip' would be non-existent. So far, we have yet to see any implications of the 'blip.' Not one.

It helped us to realize how faithful God is, and how grateful we are that we took that leap. She was meant to be in our family. From the beginning, she was meant to be ours. May the glory be to God, because He is the only one who is responsible.

One year. How time flies . . .


Min said...

Happy referral-versary! I love referral photos! They always make me smile.

Steve and Karen said...

What a year it has been??!!! Can you believe it?? I remember that day for you. It's exciting to see the waiters near you in process see their baby for the first time.

Looking forward to sharing the next year together as well.

Kala said...

Happy Referral-versary!! Beautiful post!

Michelle said...

Happy Referral Day! Joye was surely meant to be with you and the rest of your loving family. She is precious and everytime I see her photos I melt. We too experienced the "blip" and all you can do is press on and know in your heart that everything is going to work out. Lovely post. :)

Kelly said...

Those referral pictures are adorable!! What a love! Happy Referral Day to you and your family.