April 10, 2015 is a day that we will NEVER forget! We had received a phone call 11 days earlier that we had officially been chosen to adopt you! Because of scheduling and paperwork, we had to wait 11 whole days before we could get our hands on you. This was torture!! We had such a crazy amount of love for you, and we had never even met you. At this point, all we had received was 1 picture of each of you! It was about an hour after we received the phone call that our case worker sent me an email with 2 photos attached. I was filling up my drink at Firehouse Subs when the email came in. I have never been more excited in my entire life, I'm pretty sure the entire restaurant knew something was up. So these two pictures were all we had to go on for 11 days, and I'm telling you, I examined every tiny detail of these pictures. I will never forget them!
11 long days went by, and the morning was finally here that we got to meet you!! We were literally busting at the seams with excitement and all we wanted to do was hug you and kiss you and snuggle you and never let you go. I was trying really hard not to focus on the fact that this first visit would only be 1 hour long, and then we would have to let you go. Thankfully, you lived with the best foster parents ever, and they let us visit you whenever we wanted up until the day you moved in!
I had so many emotions going on in my head on the drive over to meet you. I was so excited, and also just completely in awe of God's goodness, and how His ways are so much higher than mine. I remembered back to a poem that I had written to you called "Someone I'd Never Met",
And sometimes if I close my eyes
I see it all so clear.
Anticipation fills the room
The day was finally here.
I got to hold you in my arms,
No longer did I miss,
This baby that I longed to meet,
And finally got to kiss.
That day will be an answered prayer
I never will forget.
The day I finally get to meet
Someone I’d never met.
I was weeping in the car as I remember when I was writing that poem, that I pictured myself meeting you in a hospital bed, just like every other mom. But I never imagined in a million years that the first time I would hold you would be in a condo on beachside at the home of 70 year old foster parents just a few weeks after finishing adoption class. It completely just blew my mind how God had worked it all out. He took what I thought would be a day of answered prayer and He knocked it out of the park! He took what I pictured would be a day that I would hold and kiss one baby, and He gave me TWO! And even as I'm writing this out, my heart is exploding with joy remembering that day. I would not change it for the world. I am so incredibly thankful for the beautiful and unique way that we met you both for the first time, and it is a day we will never ever forget!
Here are a few highlights from some of our first visits with you!
|First family photo!!!|
|Daddy's first diaper change|
|Maddox snuggles on Day 1!|
|Madeline's first bath time with us!|
|First bath time with Maddox!|
|First story time with mommy and daddy!|
|Madeline and Daddy's favorite book|
|First family selfie :)|