Saturday, May 17, 2008

One year ago today...

we got "the call" about Rebecca. For some reason, Billy had the morning off and I seized the opportunity to make a grocery store run. I had just pulled out my shopping cart in Publix when Billy called to tell me about a little girl that our social worker wanted us to consider. Her special need description was really convoluted (obviously something lost in translation), and finally we were able to decipher it. I hurried through the supermarket and got home to see her sweet face sent to us via email. What a surreal feeling it is to stare into the face of a child who will become yours in just a few short months! We had a local cardiologist review her echocardiogram, and waited for Dr. Chambers at the UAB International Adoption Clinic to review her file before we officially sent in our Letter of Intent to adopt her.
Last night was the first time she has spent the night away from us since we got her. (The children stayed with my mom & stepdad while we had a little much-needed getaway.) She was fine when we left, but Mom said she grieved for the first few hours. That is, until Mom pulled out the nail polish and gave her a manicure and pedicure. She said she was very happy after that! She is such a girly girl!

This is one of the first pictures that we saw of Rebecca one year ago:

That was then, but this is now!

(And, yes, we had a wonderful time in Nashville! I'm already looking forward to our next weekend trip! I love my kids, but, boy, I love 'em even more when I can get away for a relaxing evening!)


Doug & Melody Kemp said...

Wow!! I can not believe it has already been a year.

Rebecca is radiating with joy & love!!
It is amazing what love & attention can do for a child, and of course a wonderful family.
I am so blessed that I got to be apart your journey to get Rebecca. Glad you had a nice getaway.

Love & Prayers
Doug, Melody, Zoey

Tina said...

Hard to believe it's been a year.
She looks so happy, I love the picture. Glad the MRI results were normal. Hope to see you soon.

Deanna said...

Wow, soon it will be a year since you've had her!

I hope we can get together soon with school ending!

Hope you are feeling well and glad you had fun on your little trip!

miss ya girl!

Green, Party of Four said...

Wow....look how she has blossomed. All she needed was you as her family.
I so glad you and Billy had a little away trip. Yall both deserve it. If you ever need a babysister....Im available.


The Ferrill's said...

Oh how nice to get away, and SO important too! I'm so happy for you both!
And OH MY GOODNESS I can't get over the change in Rebecca! Oh, Emily. I have tears! Only GOD can transform a countenance like that! Praise Him!