Today is our 6th Anniversary and for the first time since we have been married, we are at home for the occasion. We went to Rosemary Beach for our 1st anniversary and have been going there ever since. We love it so much there, we go again at least once more each year, usually in October. But, since we have a big trip coming up soon (China!!!), we decided to stay home this year. Our plans today include church this a.m., reservations for lunch, followed by some flower-planting and clean-up in the garden. That last part is not so romantic, but our house is finally going on the market this week and we need to add some extra curb appeal for those listing photos. We don't mind being at home this year, since our referral is right around the corner, but we are missing the beach this weekend. We do plan on heading there in October and look forward to letting LilyKate get her first taste of sun, sand and water. Every trip there we have talked about how much fun we will have with her along, and how we can't wait to share that, and so many other new adventures, with her. I have talked before about what an incredible dad Jonathan will be and I do believe that this wait and all this preparation will make us both better parents. I know we will appreciate the experiences more having waited and treasure all our moments with our daughter, just as we have done with each other the past two+ years, knowing our couple time was limited.
Happy Anniversary my love. Being with you is all I imagined, wanted, hoped for and more! I look forward to how our life will change and grow as a family in the weeks, months and years ahead. I love you!
Another week has gone by and we are starting to get a little excited. After last month's disappointment, we have been cautious with our feelings and doing our best to stay calm, but a week or so out from when referrals should arrive, we are starting to feel the butterflies re-emerge and the anticipation begin to build. If you told us when we sent our application off in August 2005 that we would still be waiting today, we would not have believed it. That following May, we took a trip down to Savannah to meet some of our travel mates (and now great friends), the Rizzo's as well as Wendy and her two beautiful girls, Kate and Claire. As we were having breakfast at Clary's on the last morning, Wendy predicted we would wait eighteen months for our referrals. Susan and I just looked at each other, both of us thinking "no way". We talked about it later, when things really started to slow down and said "huh, maybe Wendy will be right after all"...little did we know that it would be another ten months on top of the eighteen she predicted!
It has been a crazy, long, frustrating, wait, but it has also been amazing to get to know people we would never have met but through China adoption, to take some great weekend trips and vacations, and to learn more about each other and ourselves as we prepare for a brand new life as a family of three. I believe that when "the call" finally comes, we will know that this wait has been for good reason, and our chosen child (by God with a little help from the CCAA) is ready and waiting for us on the other side of the world. The timing will be perfect.
So...it appears that the CCAA has confirmed that the cutoff is indeed January 9th, so one more month of waiting for us my friends! The good news is we won't have to worry about whether we are in next month, for we know we we will be, and the best part is knowing we WILL see our baby's face in a few short weeks. Sending lots of love out to our fellow 1/10'ers, especially Susan and Riz, Nancy and Ed, Marie and Doug, and all our travel group. We will be in China soon to meet our babies and all this waiting and frustration will be behind us...it won't be long! Congratulations to all the families who received referrals this month - such cute, and young babies this time around.
In other very good news, my younger brother Sean and wife Christine welcomed their second child into the world (a few weeks early) at 2:20 am this morning - a sweet baby boy weighing in at 6 lbs 1 oz, who they have named Joseph Patrick. I am going to jump in the shower and head to the hospital in a few minutes to see them. Nothing like holding a newborn baby to make everything seem right with the world!