I sat at my computer chatting online with my travel group anxiously waiting the call for Katie's referral. We expected our referral the day before but there was a snow storm in Texas and our agency that is located in Texas closed for the snow storm. So we had to wait another day for Katie's referral. I waited all day at my computer desk. My travel group made a pact that when the first referral call was made that they would post it on the group so we all knew the calls were coming in. Dan had the video camera set up on the tripod ready to capture the moment. I had my paperwork with all the questions I was going to ask ready on the computer desk. Karen, Jeff, Bailey, and Brady were over too. We were all waiting and waiting. I couldn't even type to my travel group anymore. I was rocking back and forth in the computer chair like I was in labor while Karen typed to my travel group for me. Then it started, someone from my travel group got the call. When was our call coming????? Finally at 4:38 pm est the call came. I was told they had a little girl for us born in March. Her name was Qi Jia Min. She was 9 months old from Hubei province. She was in foster care. They were going to e-mail us her picture. When we opened the e-mail she was the most beautiful little baby we ever saw. Luckily we have the whole thing on video. Because it was a blur of excitement. Bailey was running through the house yelling .."Her birthday is in March, her birthday is in March!!!". Bailey was excited because her birthday is in March too. My Mom arrived just in time to see Katie's picture come through on the computer. Jeff opened a bottle of Dom Perignon to celebrate. We didn't get any pictures on my camera but luckily my Mom did. We were too excited. I have a few pictures to post. My Mom is going to give me her pictures tomorrow to post.
Then we invited our friends over that we met during the wait to celebrate our referral and there referrals. Two of the families were from my same agency and would travel with us. We celebrated with Chinese food and everyone brought there referral pictures and we had such a good time. Little did we know that Laura and Kevin were celebrating 10 minutes away from us. Laura and Kevin got there referralthat day too but we didn't know them yet. I met Laura after were got home from China in the supermarket.
What great memories.....enjoy the pictures!
Me and Karen sitting at the computer desk waiting for the call. See the video camera in the corner of the picture.
Katie's referral photos. I guess they scanned them like this because this is how I have them on the disc. I can't figure out how to separate them.
Proud Mama's Left to right....Kim with Hannah's picture, Me with Katie's picture, Kate with Lia's picture, Kellyann with Taylor's picture, and Karen with Mia's picture.
These girls are now all friends. We get them together often. We have a wonderful local adoption group and it all started with the 5 of us Mom's waiting for our babies to come home.