Ok. We’ve been keeping it quiet for what seems like forever. And people are starting to ask questions about why we’re taking crazy day trips to Florida…
It all started 2 weeks ago with an email. A birthmother in Florida. I know, I know, we’ve said over and over after “almost” matches that we would not even look at possible matches in Florida again. Well, we decided to tempt fate one last time. In a matter of hours, our profile was sent to her, we were on the phone with the lawyers in Florida and the next thing we knew, we were matched!
We didn’t have a lot of details, we only knew that she loved our profile and wanted to meet us. So we began the second part of our journey and booked flights for a quick weekend trip. We just got back. Life as we know it has changed.
We flew out early Saturday morning and got to Florida a little after noon. We enjoyed a lunch outside in the sun, (It was negative crazy temperatures and snowing when we left Chicago…) and headed back to our hotel to relax for a little bit. HA! Relax! More like quietly-freak-out-and-try-to-control-our-excitement-and-fear. Then we hopped in the rental car to meet A* and the social worker, K*.
We got to the restaurant and walked in to meet A for the first time. I cannot tell you how many somersaults my stomach did in those few seconds. At first it was awkward, I mean, how could it not be, “Hi, please like us and trust us to raise your unborn child!” When we all settled in and started chatting, it was so much easier than I ever imagined. Not only is A beautiful outside, the sentiments she shared with us, her story and why she chose adoption, showed her inner beauty. I don’t want to share details of that journey, as those are hers to share, and I want to respect her privacy. However, she knows that she, and her story, will always be a part of her daughter’s story.
We connected as mothers, we laughed, we cried, we made fun of Tony. It was the most powerful thing I had ever experienced thus far.
Tony and I feel so honored and blessed that she has chosen us.
So, as with any adoption, there are always things that can happen, but, if all goes as planned, we will be welcoming home a baby girl in about six weeks.
We want to thank all of you who have supported us on this journey. There are so many that I want to thank in person, but not enough hours in the day to do it appropriately. There are just too many to name and I hope that we get to thank all of you in person to express to you just how much your thoughts, prayers, good vibes, etc. have brought us to this point on our journey. We have quite a stretch to go, and we will keep you as posted as we possibly can. Thank you again…
FULL SPEED AHEAD!
*We’ll just use initials for the sake of privacy