Monday, March 4, 2013

one year referral anniversary

1st referral anniversary

One year ago today, we stood, shaking with excitment, listening to a voice message that basically told us we would be parents again!

Since it was a Sunday evening and no one is in the (Children's Bridge) office on Sunday and files can't be brought home by the coordinator, we had to wait until the Monday to see her sweet little face! Our adoption coordinator - Cathy - drove over to our home the next morning, even though it was her day off, to deliver the package and pictures of our new little girl.

I can still remember Cathy saying to us: "I looked at this little girl, standing in her leopard print coat and I knew this was your daughter, Jill!" I guess she knows me and my love for cute kids clothes pretty well! Indeed, it was love at first sight! A day I'll remember for the rest of my life... the butterflies, the excitement, the tears of joy and the prayers of thankfulness.

And let me tell you, this girl has changed our life - she is one of the happiest girls I know. Always smiling, always funny and generally quite silly! In fact, just today she stuck a whole chicken nugget into her mouth, it was half hanging out because of the sheer size of it, along with her big ole grin! Then she pulled it back out and exclaimed: "Bebe rascal!" (Phebe rascal) Oh yes, she is all that, a rascal on so many levels! But she has this way about her, you just can't help but grin at her funny little self. She is beautiful and silly and sweet.

I'm so thankful God guided us to her and brought us together. Truly. She is one of the greatest gifts we've ever been given.

We love you Phebe Jayne. You make our hearts swell.

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  1. Oh my goodness - that chicken nugget story is a riot! That little Phebe!

    And the pictures of her looking at the picture and showing it off so proudly are just so precious, too!

    Indeed, little doubt God had just the right family for her...and just the right second girlie for you guys!

  2. Oh time does fly... I remember when you got her referral. I founded you so lucky to be matched with such a little cutie pie!
    Happy 1st referral anniversary!

    isa, steph, sijia & we

  3. Aaahhh... how does time go so fast? You can see how she has changed so much from that first photo!

  4. I can't believe it's been one year!! I love hearing your surprise referral story. And I remember giving a squeal of excitement when I heard your news..I was so thrilled for you. The excitement and joy and just...giddiness is something I remember feeling so well at our referral,too and it's something you just don't forget. Phebe seems so perfect for your family and I know well how much fun those loud, silly, rascally type girls can be. Phebe's personality just shines through in her photos and I can't get over how her hair has grown lately! What a cute little blessing! ((hugs))

    Gin =)

  5. she is adorable. I will never forget our referral day either, Feb 29 the leap year last year. I hope Sarah has found an amazing family and is doing as well as phebe is.

  6. Goodness, a year already! She was truly meant to be your daughter, Jill :)

  7. What a sweet little princess xxxx