Sunday, November 19, 2006

3 years ago today........

Presenting Long Fu Yu!!

Look at her long, thin fingers.......

.....we got the call that we were FINALLY parents! It was a wonderful day! I can still remember that day as if it were yesterday. Most of our DTC group had gotten their calls a few days before us as our agency translated some things before getting referrals and making calls. They called me at 10:07 in the morning. I had been e-mailing my travel mate Susan wondering if we would get that infamous call that day. We had just been lamenting how hard it was to see our DTC group get their calls while we were still waiting. I had just typed a line similar to -I guess we weren't going to get the call today (as our agency usually made calls about 9:00/9:30) but I guess it is all in God's timing and as I was about to hit send I heard Theresa (our receptionist) say "may I tell her who's calling?" and she was looking at me. She put the person on hold and said "It's Suzanne". So I start shaking and saying Oh my goodness, oh my goodness. I was so nervous! So, I calmed down and got on the phone and she said "Congratulations, you're a mommy!" - the phrase I waited a long time to hear. She said she has big beautiful eyes. She was in the Suichuan WI in the Jiangxi Province. Her name is Long Fu Yu and her birthday was 3-7-03. She weighed 13.8 pounds and was 27 inches tall/long. She said we can FedEx your package and I said no way I'd be there in about an hour. As I was talking to her I realized I hadn't sent the send button yet to Susan so I typed "I'm on the call right now so get ready!". Once I hung up the phone I tried to call David. He didn't answer his cell phone or at the house. I called my friend, Missy, as she was going to drive me to Lexington. (Sorry Mom!) She was not at her desk so I tried David again several times. Again, no answer. So, I tried Missy again and we set up a place to meet - but I didn't tell her anything about Olivia. I had a thought about where David might be. I called the gym and asked if they could ask if he was there and he was. They gave him the phone and I said "Hi daddy!" I told him about our daughter and asked him to go with us to Lexington. He slept in the car on the way since he had been working all night. We had traffic and a stop in Frankfort before we got to the agency. Once we got there we asked to see Rachel to get our pictures. She was the most beautiful girl I had seen. We all cried. After we got back in the car David said "I'm so glad we got a pretty baby." (Note: we think all babies are pretty but he had been awake all night and still had to go to work that night - so he was a little slap happy.) We called our parents, our siblings and a few friends and told them to come to our house that evening but we did not give any details. I made copies at Meijer for everyone and got a referral celebration cookie. The parents were first and then the friends. It was a great day. I took a few pictures of Olivia today with her referral picture.

Her mug shot........

And pics from today.......


  1. Wonderful story, Becky! I could totally relate too, as we were one of the last in our group to finally get "the call." A moment that will never be forgotten...

  2. It is amazing to see the changes. Hubby is did get a pretty girl and she is even more beautiful now!! Congrats on your referral anniversary!

  3. Congrats, Becky!!!! Olivia is a beautiful little girl (who is growing up way too fast!!!)!


  4. WOW, just look at how she has changed. Happy Referral Day to you!

  5. Isn't it amazing how vividly you remember all the details about referral day?! Olivia was a cutie then...and is still a cutie today! happy 3 year referral anniversary!

  6. Beautiful baby and beautiful little girl!

    It's funny. We love having our babies but it's so much fun when they get a bit older and we have these little people around who talk to us and share all that's going on inside that amazing little mind of theirs! I'm sure you agree!



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