Tuesday, May 31, 2011

And we see her face . . .

I had totally resigned myself to the fact that we were not going to see our baby's face today.  At about 2:30, I gave up the thought and hope for a call this afternoon, knowing that in due time we would get the call.  It just wasn't going to be today.  The phone rang a record number of times today.  Or at least it seemed to be a record number of times.  Everytime it rang, I jumped, wondering and wishing for it to be "the call".  As I left the office at 2:45 I was at peace with the fact that it just wasn't the day.

I gathered all 3 kids from school and went on my way to the first baseball practice drop off.  It was on our way there, at 3:08,  I saw the area code come up on my phone that I had been waiting for all day.  However, as I saw it, I was positive that this call was only to tell me that packages didn't arrive and the staff were leaving for the day.

As I heard our agency coordinator say "We have John on the line too."  I thought just for a second maybe this is it, but didn't know if I should believe it.  Then the words came, "We have your daughter's referral information".

I pulled over at the baseball field, grabbed the extra copy of the call sheet I had made for Wednesday's call and we started getting the information.  Seriously, this really was the day!

She is adorable.  She is young.  She is too far away and I would love to hold her tonight!
And, here she is . . .

Name:  Gan Fu Ni
Date of Birth:  12/02/2010
Province:  Jiangxi
Orphanage:  Jianxin Social Welfare Institute

More info to come tomorrow.  For tonight, the sweetest of dreams.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Celebrating today! Hoping for tomorrow!

Eleven years ago today, is the day that this little guy we call E made his entrance into the world.   I cannot believe he is 11.  No way has it been that long, yet watching him makes me proud to see how much he has grown up.

Now the word on the street is tomorrow, E's newest little sister will be introduced to us.  We are hoping for the call with our referral of our daughter.  It will be a few weeks before we are introduced to her, but we should see her little face tomorrow!

Today is Eli's day.  He is ready for the big wiffle ball tournament, rain or shine.  He had his favorite for breakfast, pancakes.  He has confirmed no less than three times, that I will be picking up his cake today and that the menu for tonight is pizza.   His day is planned!

May is a pretty lucky month for the Bensons.  May brought us the gift named E.  And it will hopefully continue with a picture of the newest little one tomorrow.  Today is a rainy, cold, windy day.  But it is a great day - boys are playing wiffle ball, in spite of the weather, and it looks like pizza, cake and ice cream tonight for E's big 11th birthday!

Happy Birthday Eli!  We love you tons!!!