June 26, 2009. A date that changed our lives forever! Not only did I receive my settlement check that day, but Jeff received the email below also...
We wanted to quickly circulate this e-mail because we have the opportunity of placing two very healthy six year old girls that are on a China special needs list because of their age. They are very bright and healthy and have had excellent orphanage and foster care to this point. Both are lovely girls with so much potential. These children need to be placed with families that are very motivated to move forward quickly and can finish the BCICS requirements and have a dossier completed within three months. Please let us know asap if you are interested in learning more about these beautiful girls. thank you!
We got immediate chills and were both in tears. Jeff never checks his work email when he gets home, but that Friday he wasn't in the office so he wanted to check it before we went to dinner. He looked at me and said what do you think? I said YES. Yes of course, this is God telling us that he is providing once again! We didn't need a photo, we didn't need any other info. He replied and told them that we were very interested but we had a huge dilemma. I wouldn't turn 30 until October 21, 2009 and our dossier had to be in China by the end of October. We emailed Marvin & Carol back and forth all weekend and spent time on the phone with them as well. We found out that my age wouldn't be a problem, Lifeline would be careful about when they sent our file to China so they could make sure I was 30 by the time it arrived. What a stressful & exciting weekend it was. I had already planned a weekend in Tulsa with my mom. It was so hard not telling her what was happening. She just thought that Jeff was bored and kept texting/emailing me all weekend! Little did she know, she was about to become a grandma again!! By Monday, July 29th, we had received Lyla's file with pictures and a video. We were in love immediately. They said she was outgoing, friendly and was ready for a home and a family! We immediately started our paperwork. We told our families on July 4th about Lyla! We gave each of them an envelope with a photo of her and a pink bubble gum cigar that said "It's a girl"! It took a few of them a minute to realize what was happening! Everyone was very excited to say the least! Like I've said before, we have the best support system for our children! There are so many people that love them!
The next milestone email came on October 31st (10 days after I turned 30):
Your dossier was logged-in on October 30th! Karla
Life is good! We finished all of our paperwork and flew to China in February. We got Lyla on 2-22-10! Older child adoptions are WAY different than infants! I was stressed beyond belief in China! She was so excited to meet us! As soon as we were in the room to adopt her she ran out saying "mama, mama"! Immediate tears once again! In the beginning, she was not a fan of Liem. AT ALL! She didn't want him to be close to her, and did not want him to touch her, pat her, hold her hand, hug her. nothing. It made him sad, but my how times have changed! They love each other so much it is amazing! They were born to be together. He loves her today as much as he did the day we adopted her! I am so thankful for such an amazing family!