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Thursday, September 4

Twelve Months Ago .......



I can hardly believe that it has been a WHOLE YEAR since we received the phone call that changed our lives. At about 9.20am on September 4th 2007, I was up a ladder, painting a window frame at the kids' school when my mobile rang. It was my batch buddy, Leah, and she was sobbing something about a baby. Once she calmed a bit I managed to work out that she had been called by her SW to let her know that she had been referred a beautiful baby girl from Jiangxi province. I promptly screamed and told her to hang up as MY social worker might be trying to call. The next ten minutes seemed like an eternity, until my mobile rang again. It was the SW, and she had good news. I don't remember too much of that conversation, aside from the fact that she wasn't going to tell me ANYTHING until I saw her face to face that afternoon!! I soon convinced her to open the envelope and give me some details about our new little daughter. The SW told me her name, date of birth and province, and said she was VERY cute!! I cried. That afternoon, all four of us headed off to Burnie (about a 40 minute drive) to 'meet' our new little family member. I distinctly remember looking at the first of three photos, and thinking 'Oh, she's a bit funny looking'!!! By the second photo I thought that she was OK, and by the time I saw her passport photo, I was in love. My sweet little girl, looking so lost and pensive. I was just dying to hold her and kiss her and tell her that everything would be OK. I had to wait another 6 weeks for that, but the day I saw her sweet face for the first time will always be a special memory for me. Enjoy the comparison shots!

9 comments:

OziMum said...

You are so funny!!! "a bit funny looking?"!!!! You crack me up!

I can't believe its been a year... and we're still darn well waiting!!!

Gina (Caleeo) said...

A huge congratulations on your referral-versary!

Kiy said...

I can't believe it's been a year either. Doesn't just seem like yesterday? Our little gals are growing so fast. Someday, we MUST get them together. Mainly as, I so seriously need to meet Alice's mum. <3

Have a wonderful day.

Love, Kiy

Tracy said...

Too funny - you were on a ladder when your friend called - what a funny memory from such a great day! Congrats to us on our referral anniversary! As much as I loved our referral day, today was a million times better - since our girls are home now, and so happy.

Jeff and Amy said...

Wow, doesn't the year go fast and many blessing to come, congrats :)

Jen said...

1 whole year - a year of joy, tears, happiness, unbelievable fun and many, many blessings. Isn't it so wonderful to re-live and to celebrate those incredible milestones - the moments we'll never forget! Hugs to you both! xxx Jen

Maddys Mom said...

Congrats Tassie on your 1 year referral anniv. I am in the same boat as you, much of the call was a blur.

Alice is turning into quite a young lady.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Tassie...hard to believe it was a year. I will always remember when you announced your referral on RQ for two major reasons 1) you were the first in our November group to announce it on the RQ thread and 2) Alice has my B-day (who would have known that Natalie would have been born just one day before on the 13th).
Congrats. CTG

Louanne said...

Oh I love that story, especially you telling your friend to hang up!! Sweet Alice :)