Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A year ago today on august 12th 2008, we fell in love!

Our Beautiful Savannah's (Qian Jiang Yu) referral picture sent to us on August 12th, 2008!

A couple more pictures That were delivered to us the next day by the Stork!

(You guessed it) the Stork!

Our sweet Savannah Jiang Yu today at 2o months

It has been one year ago today, on August, 12th, 2008 that we met our beautiful baby girl and it was love at first sight. I can remember every second of that day as we waited for that very special phone call from our agency telling us they had our referral. We had already decided that if the call came and Brian was at work that I would take down all the info but wait to open the e-mail with her photo when we could all see it at the same time. If the kids were back in school when we got the call then we were going to take them out for that day, so they could share that moment with us. It was so important to me that the whole family be together for this special moment. God answered my prayers and we were all home for the call. We were all huddled together around the speaker phone, the camcorder was focused on us to record every second of our call, and of course we had a voice recorder for back up setting by the speaker phone to tape the conversation, let me tell you we were prepared!! When the phone rang at 1:00pm it was Kimberly from our agency CCAI. I will never forget her words "Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!" Then while she gave us some of info she wanted to send us her picture by e-mail, as we waited for the picture to download my heart was beating so fast. The picture came up and as you can see on the video below I LOST IT, which was something I promised myself I wouldn’t do but when I saw her face my heart just melted. And what a head of hair she had and still does. I know some people might not believe it, But I instantly fell in love with her. This was the daughter I had prayed and dreamed about for three long years, the little sister that Haleigh had longed for, and she was everything we had wished for and more. She was exactly the daughter God intended all those years for us to have. He had hand picked her before she was ever born to be placed into our family, and for that I am forever thankful to him! We are truly a blessed family!! Kimberly then finished sharing all of info with us. I had e-mailed and talked on the phone with Kimberly a good bit through our adoption process and was so excited she was sharing this very important and special day with us. It was a day our family will never forget and we will share it with Savannah when she is old enough to understand. It was a day that changed our family forever and brought us even closer together.


Alyson & Ford said...

A year... We keep saying, it can't have been a whole year already :)!

We loved watching your video. I don't know how we could ever explain the emotions of Referral Day except to those who have experienced it.
We know God blessed us with Alyzabeth as He blessed Savannah to your care and family. How great is that!
You guys were so nice and caring to us in China and we will always treasure our time with you. And I must give a special shout out to Haleigh. Hey Girl!!!
I don't have to tell you all just how special of a daughter you have there. Savannah has the perfect older sister.


Ruth and Brian said...

Great Video - I felt like I was in the room with you all! Wait a minute I guess I sort of was peeking into your room :0) Wish we would have thought/been able to video ours - though the CCAI rep who called was clearly Chinese with a really thick accent so i spent a lot of time asking and re-asking to clarify the information.

Still all in all a fabulous day! Congrats!

T n' W said...

I'm so glad you shared that video with us. You and Haliegh were like right on que! The hair started standing up on my arms again. What an amazing day that was. We are a blessed group of folks, ya know it!
And thanks for forwarding that email. I'll have to post about that! The picture she sent me was just priceless.

Happy Referral Day!:)