Well I just heard the news today
It seems my life is going to change
I close my eyes, begin to pray
Then tears of joy fall down my face...
Those were the words I wrote on our old website on March 31, 2003. It is a day that I will truly never forget. It is the day that we received our referral for Jazzie and I still remember every detail of it (even more so than my wedding day, Tahlia's referral day and the days I first held both my girls, even though those were pretty memorable days as well).
I have told this story many times, but I truly wasn't expecting our referral to come that day. So when the phone rang and I saw on the caller ID that it was our agency calling, my heart skipped a beat. I answered the phone and was told "You have a daughter and she is beautiful". I remember everything that happened after that. From me bursting into tears, to the tears falling onto the paper that I was writing all the details on, to driving to Party City to get balloons, to driving to Matt's office to give him the news, to running through the halls with my balloons, to bursting into his office and to seeing Matt's face when he turned around and saw me standing there, realizing we had our referral. "We didn't" is what he said. "Yes we did", I responded. We were both overjoyed... March 31, 2003 is a day I will truly never forget.
I started a tradition 4 years ago of taking Jazzie's picture with her referral picture on the anniversary of our referral. Here she is today:
And here she is in previous years, starting with last year:
This song by Creed has special meaning to me and every time I hear it, my eyes tear up and I go right back to March 31, 2003.
"With arms wide open, now everything has changed"...
It sure has. Happy referral anniversary, my sweet, amazing Jazzie. I love you more than I can say. Receiving your referral changed my life, but having you as my girl has changed my world.