This past week, I was in Athens staying with my brother-in-law and his wife. (Jeremy and Crissy) They just had their first baby, Kailan Elizabeth(Cute, cutie btw), and I got the opportunity to be there with them. I got to help out with new baby stuff and cook some meals for them to eat after the dust had settled. I also had a great time getting plenty of newborn love and had fun times just hanging out with this terrific couple.
On Friday, Jeremy and I were in the living room talking when my cell phone rang. I hesitated to answer because it was an area code and number I didn’t recognize. I did though and was taken by complete surprise to hear the voice of one of our Holt case workers. My stomach immediately dropped because I just knew she was calling about some sort of problem with our dossier.
It’s only been mailed a week…we must have made some sort of paperwork mistake!
(Holt worker)-Hi Anna, we have a little girl for you!
AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!(complete chaos happening inside me as I try to contain myself enough to have a conversation with her)
I looked at Jeremy, eyes bugging out of my head, as I jump up and down in place, and point at the phone mouthing, “THIS IS IT, THIS IS IT!” I then ran outside so that the screaming aunt didn’t wake the peacefully, sleeping newborn. (skillfully thought out)
As we spoke and she was giving me some information about our daughter, our worker said that she (our daughter) was “really a very cute little girl”. The tears now begin streaming down my face. She also told me that she had a cleft lip that had been repaired, a mild cleft palate, and that she had a small chest size for her age. (This most likely from malnutrition.) We spoke about a few other particulars and then the Holt worker informed me she would be sending me an email shortly with pictures and…..”Congratulations”!!
I immediately called Shaun since he was at work and had no idea. (While telling Shaun the news about the phone call, Jeremy had his flip video out and got all my hysterics on camera. I will post it soon.) We were both beside ourselves with joy! We stayed on the phone together till the email came and viewed the pictures of our new daughter together as we wept with joy. I in Athens and he in Dothan.
We wanted to share our joy. Here she is, Lily Irene, the newest love of our life!