Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Special Delivery


Valentine's Day 2001

Going to meet your 2-day-old daughter for the first time is the most exciting blind date ever. Expectations are high, you've heard great things, you know this person could change your life forever...but you are terrified. What if you're not good enough? Will there be tears? Rejection? How will you know if she's "the one"?
After receiving the call that a perfect Valentine had been delivered for our family, we prepared as for any big date: shopping, cleaning, primping, packing, calling friends for advice, changing outfits at the last minute and traveling to the rendezvous destination.
Jake & Emily in the "holding" room...he met her before the rest of us.

While the grown-ups tended to details and paperwork, Big Brother Jake could not resist the pull of his new little girlfriend. Being a true gentleman, he brought her something to drink and whispered sweet nothings into her ear. It was the beginning of a tumultous love affair.

After what seemed like hours, it was our turn to be introduced. We couldn't wait to finally meet this little lady. What would she look like? Would she like us? Had we brought the right stuff? What would we say? Palms were sweaty, stomachs were queasy and hearts were pounding wildly. The air was thick with excitement and anticipation.

Who needs a box of chocolates? This little bundle was the sweetest treat ever!

We shouldn't have worried. It was true love at first sight.

Our little Valentine came all bundled up in soft yellows and blues. Underneath, she was pink and white and red all over. And, although she never shared the name of her perfume, her scent was intoxicating. No small talk was necessary. There was instant chemistry, and--like any hot date--we couldn't wait to get her back to our hotel room.

We were surprised by her passion and fire. She kept us up all night long.

Roses are red
Poets are clever
Getting a new daughter
Was the best Valentine ever!

Happy Birthday to our V-day sweetheart...Love you, Em!

xoxoxo

25 comments:

i'm kelly said...

i can only imagine how exciting this day was for all you! what a wonderful gift!

Heidiram said...

I'm totally crying right now. You definitely WIN the Valentine's day contest.

Dancin Queen said...

How sweet!

marta said...

this is the sweetest story ever. i remember sweet baby emmie and her little hair bows. she had and will always have a darling dollface and a way to make others swoon.

happy birthday emily.

Jessica said...

I have a friend who's getting ready to adopt. I'm sending her over here.

Rochelleht said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE it! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the collage, too. How wonderful. And I still can't get over how much she looks like Jake. It's so uncanny. That must have been so fun for you guys to realize as they grew older.

Stie: My Favorite Things said...

I love that story. You totally win; none of us stood a chance. She was the prettiest baby, and is growing into such a beautiful girl. Happy birthday, Em!

Sincerely Anna said...

We're getting ready to adopt next week (!!) and I loved reading your post - thanks to Stie for telling me about it. Happy Birthday, Emily!

Celia Fae said...

Ever since I've read your blog I've been waiting for the adoption stories. Thanks for satisfying me. Really, it sounds wonderful.

I'm with Rochelle. I can't believe how much your kids look alike. I know that isn't what it is about, but still....

Celia Fae said...

p.s. How'd you do that cool collage? Mine only goes up to nine. Please share.

Bridget said...

You totally win!! That is such a great story. Told with such sweetness too. What a happy day!

Lisa-Marie said...

You're right! Hands down. YOU WIN!

P.S. I think Emily won too. What a blessed little girl to be sent to such a sweet family.

FUN-ky Mama said...

This is incredibly sweet! What a wonderful Valentine's Day gift...it doesn't get any better than that! Happy V-Day.
xoxo

gab said...

Rochelle--I know. They look more alike than my twins. It is a mini-miracle that takes my breath away every day. It's all meant to be.

Celia--Wait til you hear my in-vitro and giving birth stories! And I didn't do anything special with the collage. Just loaded up the "tray" and Picasa cooperated.

Annie said...

What a sweet valentine. You're right...you win! (And it was fun reading them all.)

Happy Valentines!

katie said...

I LOVE THE COLLAGE.

teach me.

how amazing to have children, each with an amazing story, that makes them grow up and be proud... of who they are, and the incredible impact they have on mommy and daddy.

Holly said...

You were right, YOUR valentine story was the absolute BEST!

This was beautiful--I could feel the newness and anxiety all wrapped up in love. Adoption is hard to put in to words, it seems to be so much more (to me) than I can describe.

Lauren said...

That was so beautiful. Wow, it really was the most exciting, "blind date" ever.

Okay, when I read the words "It was true love at first sight." I started crying. What a lovely moment it must have been.

Thank you for posting this :)

John Holly Levi & Faith said...

Gorgeous daughter!! Gorgeous story!!

lainakay said...

So sweet. You're the most clever, best blogging momma. Such cute posts, a mix of chuckles and sniffles. Magic.

Jenibelle said...

Her original travel plans must have gotten mixed up! Not one of my five look alike at all, go figure!!

I was a foster child, never adopted. I was with the same family for 32 years when mom passed away. As they were wheeling her away for the surgery (she didn't survive) I said "I love you Mom" and she said to me..."oh Jeni, what would we have done without you? You have added so much joy and love to our family, where would we have been without you?" Treasured words from a "adoptive" mom. Where would you be without your Emmie? Kids like us are SO thankful for moms like you!

Ilene said...

That gift totally beats out chocolate and roses.

I remember February 28th 1998 when I got a call from my brother asking me if I wanted to be an aunt. I screamed "yes!" and he said, "well, what are you doing tomorrow?"

My brother and his wife have adopted three kids and they got their first baby with only a day's notice. Oh, we all fell in love with little Nathan. It's uncanny how much he BELONGS to my brother. Their personalities are identical. I'm sure it is the same with your little girl.

Jill said...

I LOVE thinking back to the day when we received Tanner and I LOVE hearing other adoption stories. Your daughter is beautiful and so meant to be with you!!!!!! What a fun day to get her on Valentines!!!!! So sweet :)

I can't wait to hear your in-vitro stories too! We are getting to the point that we might have to take that as our next step and I am soooooo nervous!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful life.

Mique said...

I knew it I knew it I knew it. But still hearing it was too cute. I'm sure nothing can ever top that Valentine's day. But how fun that you get to remember it every year.

gab said...

Thanks! I read all of them.Thanks again.I really like them all.




from:EMILY FROM SPECIAL DELIVERY.

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