Thursday, March 26, 2009

A story that began one year ago today!

Part 1

I remember it like it was yesterday... Wednesday, March 26, 2008. I was driving to visit my mom who had just had knee replacement surgery. The trip was about 7 hrs. and I had already driven about 5 when my cell phone rang.

Me: "hello?'
caller: "Hi, is this Marian?"
Me: "Yep!"
caller: "Hey Marian this is J* from Bethany." (our adoption agency)

At this point I didn't think anything of the call, our social worker would call and check on us and give us little updates every so often... I didn't think anything until she said ~

J*: ..."well.."

I KNEW... I felt it with every heartbeat, it was a "well" that was hopeful, not a "well" that brought disappointment! I just listened as she continued....

J*: "we have a baby for you!"

I was speechless, not a word for what seemed like an eternity. A baby~ a what? Was I hearing her correctly? Did she just say she had a baby for us?!

J*: "Marian are you there?"
Me: "uh-huh, umm, yes...go ahead."

After that all the information just runs together. Her race, her age, what I need to do right away, who I need to call. Oh yeah, I've got to call Brent.

I could hardly think straight...I was mumbling to've got to pull off somewhere Marian, you are not paying attention to the road. My mind was going so fast I didn't know how to process all the information. My little girl is already here, she is 12 weeks old, I don't have a single thing for her, I thought I'd have more time. Where is she going to sleep, what is she going to wear? I've got to call Brent.

I somehow managed to pull off the interstate into a Wal-mart parking lot and finish getting all the information from J*. We ended our conversation and I just sat there, hands shaking, heart racing, thoughts pouring into my head. I gathered myself and called Brent. Wouldn't you know the one time I was put on hold would be this time~When he picked up all I remember saying was..."they have a baby for us!" Our conversation after that is fuzzy...we had alot to do before we could go pick up our little girl.

Then the countless phone calls began, to family, to friends, to our lawyer, to the agency, to each other....the list goes on.

I continued on to see my mother... the rest of the trip for me was filled with so many emotions. I cried, sang, shouted thanksgiving to my good God, went through all the things that needed to be done before we went to get her & cried some more. By the time I got to my mom's I was emotionally exhausted but still on such a "high" (if that is at all possible!)

I had no idea that one call could totally turn our worlds up side down! Little did I know what the next few days would bring....

to be continued...


  1. I remember that phone call too. It was exciting.

  2. Marian,
    So nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by iSass. I glanced around...I loved the post about your mother, it made me cry. I wish my mom had been like that. But I am stronger for it. I am the mother God intended me to be because of the way my mom treated me.
    Your Daughter is BEAUTIFUL. I have two nieces and a nephew who of mixed race and you little one reminds me of them. THOSE EYES. Those big dark eyes that are full of wonder and light.
    I look forward to getting to hear the rest of your story.
    SO nice to meet you. :)

  3. Okay....I'm hooked. I LOVE hearing these stories of how God builds famiies. It encourages my faith and proves one more time how He is in the business of doing us good.

    We are praying about adoption in the current little guy is only 5 months old.

    Awaiting the rest of the story!

  4. Marian,
    I'm so glad that you stopped by my blog! I love to meet other bloggers, especially those of like faith. I look forward to getting to know you better by reading your story. Ah, you've started out by hooking me with a cliffhanger. :)

    You have a beautiful family!

  5. I know that was a very memorable event for you two, and you guys got a great daughter somehow...We need to pray about a boy, one Carlton Banks was enough, I don't know if this world could handle two of them.

  6. Not nice to make us have to wait to read more:)

    I have never known anyone who has adopted, so I am very anxious to hear the rest of your story!

  7. What a great story. Can't wait to read the rest.

  8. Marian --
    I'm getting all "verklempt" while reading this post...memories are flooding back to me! The day we received "the call". I'm going to blog about that, but...would like to wait until we can post pictures of our Miss Halle!! I'm glad you found my blog...and that I can read yours!! Blessings to all three of you!!!
    ...April :_