Seven years ago on this day, we got the call that would change our lives forever. I will never forget when the phone rang that morning and I was told that we had a daughter waiting for us in Hunan. She was only 8 months old and she was beautiful. I was not expecting our referral call to come for another few weeks, so it was a huge surprise. I broke down in a big puddle of tears upon hearing the news. It is hard to believe that at the time we had waited the longest amount of time ever in the China adoption program: 13 months. Absolutely nothing compared to how long other families are waiting right now....
March 31, 2003 will always be one of the happiest days of my life.
Th song "With Arms Wide Open" by Creed was very popular at the time of our referral, and to this day I cannot listen to the song without getting teary eyed, because the words were and are still so fitting for that day. And as I am writing this post, the song is on the radio. How wild is that??
"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".
And here we are today, 7 years later and Jazzie has indeed changed our lives in ways I never imagined. We did not expect to get a hearing impaired child, but it has ended up to be one of our biggest blessings. Jazzie has taught us so much about strength, perseverance and being brave.
Since our very first referral anniversary, I have taken Jazzie's picture holding her own referral picture. Here she is this morning:
Happy referral anniversary, Jazzie. Daddy and I love you SO much.
"With arms wide open... now everything has changed; I'll show you love, I'll show you everything."
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