We are SO EXCITED!!!! We got a referral of a healthy 13 month old baby girl!!!! We think she is absolutely beautiful!!!! We got the call Thursday, September 6. When my phone rang the number looked familiar but I didn't think much of it because it wasn't Holt which is programed into my phone and that was the only number I really cared to see. It turned out it was our case worker Judy. I never once expected the reason for her call was to tell us we had a match! I knew the call usually comes from the program director or her assistant. She caught me completely off guard! I was in complete shock! I think she enjoyed tricking me because she acted like she was calling about something else and at the last minute said "oh, by the way..." We are so thankful that God has gotten us to this place and that he has matched us with the most beautiful little girl.
I have kept a journal since we started this process just so I can look back and see what we were doing on the day she was born. That is the first thing Isaac wanted to look up after we saw her birth date. She was born the Monday after we had our adoption garage sale last summer. I thought that was pretty cool. There wasn't anything cool or exciting that we did on the day of her birth but later I read the next day's entry. I couldn't believe what it said...I wrote that I woke up feeling that God was calling me to fast that day. I fasted and prayed the entire day. I have NEVER felt led to fast before or since that day. I can't help but think that the reason was because of our baby girl. Maybe it was for her birth mother that was struggling to make the decision about her newborn baby or for the health of our baby girl. I love when I can see God's work without a shadow of a doubt.
We have decided to name her Lauren and it feels good to be able to pray for her by name. We love her so much already. I will try to post her picture and if anyone would like to see it just message me for the password. Just please do not copy or share her photo. Thank you!