|Wee Folk Photography Sam Fong|
It had been four months of pushing hope and possibility aside and just trying to live life one day at a time.
It had been four months of wondering if the hopes and dreams we still held would ever come to fruition.
It had been four months of trusting God with the one very thin string of hope I had left for this dream.
and then in the midst of Palm Springs and with my husband miles away the phone rang.
A couple was in search of a home for their bundle of joy due in two weeks, they dreamt of a couple who couldn't have children and who didn't currently have any. And, it's a girl.
"Can I show your profile?" comes over the phone and a wave of emotions come crashing in.
"Of course" and then we proceeded to hope and pray and hold our breath while holding onto all of those around us on this journey.
Six days later the phone rings with the words, "When can you come to meet them, they chose you" and emotions burst into joy and hope and feelings that hold no words.
Two days later we soar through the sky, holding to peace and hope.
We meet, it's the most right thing we have ever known.
It's instant love on both sides of the table.
There's an ease that makes you pinch yourself as it can't possibly be this good.
There are more tears than a table can hold.
There is relief on their side of the table, and uncontrollable joy on ours.
We board the flight home with heavy hearts for a story filled with immense pain and lives full of shattered dreams, yet a peace like we have never known before.
A girl. Coming to our home. Soon.
The attic opens.
The bins come down.
There is that bit of fear, will we have to return this to the attic once more?
We push it aside.
The crib is built, the bins are emptied.
The phone doesn't stop ringing, the texts continue.
So much to do, so many details to get to.
and three days later the phone rings, your baby is on it's way.
Eight hours on the road, the longest of our lives.
Hospital arrival, the birth that we never anticipated witnessing,
three hours later at 3:16 AM they place this little life in our arms,
they tattoo us in baby foot ink.
the staff embrace us,
and life forever changes.
It just doesn't get any better than this....
and in these moments we come to realize
that in the end it was ALL worth it.
Thank you for sharing this journey with us.