Today is my (Kristen’s) half-birthday. It has been 6 months since I turned 32, and will be 6 months until I turn 33. I expected the day to be like any other day. My shin is bugging me, and I am afraid it is something serious. I have been getting mopey lately because I am here and my baby is waaaaaaaaaaay over there. I check my email as often as possible and wait for an email with our court date.
I understood that the next step in the process was a court date which we would not attend. Though we wouldn’t be going yet, I was still anxiously awaiting the email that would tell me we were moving forward. I felt certain that it was coming. I really thought this morning that it was going to be really, really soon. I was really bummed at lunch. I came home and checked my email before cracking open the fridge. Nada. I went back to work and – shhhhhh – checked the agency’s website. I wanted to see if our little plane had moved, and maybe we were the last to know. Nuttin.
Something caught my eye just before I closed the web browser. I saw an annoucement from the agency director. She said she will be going back to Ethiopia at the end of the month for a quick trip. I shot her a quick email. What follows is our conversation, which took place in just a few minutes via email:
Me: I saw your note which said you are going back to Ethiopia at the end of the month for a quick trip. Will your trip include a stop at [orphanage name]? If so, can we send more things over for our son?
Her: I will only be there a few days and I won’t be going to [orphanage name]. But your child is in [city name] so I possibly would see him.. but since you will be there a month later, would it be ok if you just brought the items?
Me: What do you mean…..”since you will be there a month later”????
Her: I sent you an email.. didn’t you get it? Your court date is May 27!
Me: No, I didn’t. If you sent it to my home email address after 12:30, I was already gone. This is the court date that we actually travel for?
Her: yes, the email said: your court date is May 27. Please arrive by the 26 and you can leave the 30th.. please send flight info and where you will be staying!
Me: OK. I am seriously floored. You are absolutely sure you are talking to the right person here, right? Because I am on the verge of vomiting……from excitement. (Note: I really was about to vomit. Once before we were given good news, but then they realized they were looking at the wrong file. I was so afraid that was the case again.)
Her: oh, darn.. my mistake. This message was for S and Kristen _____ who are adopting Abel Tadesse from Ethiopia! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 YES IT IS FOR YOU! (Another note: I saw the preview window for this message in the bottom corner of my screen and all I saw was the sender and the words “oh, darn..my mistake”. I seriously almost puked.)
I was sobbing uncontrollably and shaking like a leaf. I called S immediately, but was crying so hard I could barely speak. Of course he thought something was wrong. When I got off the phone with him, I sobbed harder. My co-worker walked over to make sure everything was okay. When she saw me wiping my tears with the sandpaper napkins from the kitchenette, she brought me a box of Puffs.
So what a day. I was certain good news was a-comin’, but that last email check at 12:30pm left me really sad. I just didn’t know what to do with myself. When I got home after this whirlwind of a day, I saw her message. It was sent at 12:38pm! WOW!
What’s next, you ask? We are going to look at flights tomorrow and Friday. We need to be over there by May 26th, so that leaves us a little less than 6 weeks. We have to make arrangements for Spiro. We have to keep our emotions in check. We have to wait. Oh – but guess what makes that all a little easier? We got a DVD of our little man today! It was taken on March 21st – the same date as our last pictures. WE GOT TO SEE HIM MOVE! He was a sleepy, squirmy little fella. He’s amazing.