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….words can’t describe how I feel for real…. – Jay -Z

I just wanted to capture the moments of the days that we were officially matched with a birth family. This may not be the most organized post I’ve done but it may be one of the most important posts.

We didn’t share the whole story on Facebook and I will leave certain details out on this post because some things are not for public consumption but here’s how it went down…

Picture it Sicily 1932…no seriously. Last Monday Leaeryn and I received calls in the middle of the day from an unknown number. Like most people, answering a call from an unknown number isn’t a priority. I thought to myself if they leave a message I’ll listen later. But as with most things, work happens, and I completely forget. A few hours later I get a call from Leaeryn and she wants to have dinner at favorite local place to eat in Roswell, Stoney River Steak House. That’s not too abnormal we eat out sometimes during the week so I thought nothing of it. We arrive at the restaurant and she tells me to listen to this voicemail. Now keep this in mind, I’m still thinking nothing of it because two weeks prior she had some weird person leave her a voicemail threatening to a collect a debt from almost 12 years ago. I’m thinking its the same person so I’m really not interested. She insists I listen but it’s a noisy restaurant so I can’t hear anything.

I’m like “Babe,  I have to pee, I’ll be back”

“Take the phone in the bathroom with you and listen there”

“Really? Is it that funny?”

“Just listen”

I’m in the bathroom at the urinal listening to the voicemail and I hear, “Leaeryn we have a couple that wants to match with you and Bertram please call us back as soon as you can”

I almost peed on the person next to me and dropped the phone in the urinal.

I came back to the table and slidein the booth like I’m the Fonz but in mid slide something got caught on the table I ended up falling into the booth, fumbling the phone and it almost landed in a glass of water.

“We have a baby?!”

“We have a baby!”

“Have you called her back yet?”

“I did but she already left the office”

“We have a baby?”

“We have a baby!”

We sat at the booth in disbelief and awe. We talked through dinner about what this means financially, for our lives, updating the homestudy and how we will tell people.

The next day we called our adoption consultant so we can get additional details of the expectant family. We received the details of the expectant family and then they told us…they are having a girl and she is due on November 17th. Our collective jaws dropped. That’s like 2 months away! Then one of the most ironic things in this saga happened, the baby is in Maryland about 30 minutes away from where we lived. It’s almost like we moved but we left one of the most important people in our lives behind.  We were able to speak to the expectant family and that conversation went well and we are planning to meet them in Mid October.

This experience is so surreal. I’ve never felt anything like I’m feeling now. But I’m still trying to be cautiously optimistic.

…but I did buy her a dress though. I couldn’t help it. My daughter has to be fly.