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Friday, April 1, 2011

The Call

April Fool's Day. I can't believe this happened on April Fool's Day. Y'all are gonna hate us - and this is not an April 1st joke - but the Husband and I decided to avoid posting referral photos of our soon-to-be daughter on the blog. We don't post face shots of our seven-year-old here and I can't see changing that policy now, especially when mei mei is not yet our daughter.

But she will be.

And that feels so surreal to me.

I was on the phone with a friend when I received The Call from our social worker at 2 o'clock. The friend? Was our former same-town-and-same-LID-buddy who opted to travel a different road to parenthood when the wait continued to grow and grow. I still can't believe I was talking with her when our SW called. But God is like that, isn't He?

Amazing.

Our SW called to tell me that she received the email, but had yet to read it because she was on the road, traveling back to the office from a homestudy visit. She was at least 20 minutes away. AND she needed to fill up at a gas station, too. Oh! my! lands! It's a good thing I've learned to at least pretend to be patient during this long wait. *grin* Actually, I felt so thrilled to hear today, instead of Monday, it hardly phased me.

Unfortunately, I couldn't call the Husband because he was hosting a Seriously Important Work Meeting this afternoon, so I promised him yesterday I would only call once I actually knew something knew something. I called Dory instead. And she was so, so sweet. And real. Because she told me that she wouldn't allow me to drive in my condition (shh... I'm a Bad Driver even during the best of times), so she'd be there in a few minutes to pick me up.

We had to kill a half-an-hour, so we stopped for coffee.

You know, because I wasn't hyper enough.

When we arrived at the agency (which happens to be very close by), my SW was already there. She took us back to her office to blah-blah-blah all of the Important Administrative Things to me. Of course I remember nothing. Because I am smart like that. But then our SW told me we had pictures. Which was a huge surprise. I DO remember that.

Mei Mei is beautiful, y'all.

She's nine months old.

And she's from Guangdong Province.

We spent a tearful hour in the agency's office, learning only her pinyin name, birth date and SWI. (We'll see the complete referral sometime next week.) I called the Husband. And my momma. Dory took video and photos. We printed off color photos so that we could surprise the Tongginator at the bus stop. My anti-hugging sensory-self hugged my SW. My anti-hugging sensory-self even hugged another, random SW who thought, after seeing the referral photos, that my future daughter was from Russia (umm... okay?). Then Dory and I rushed back to the neighborhood, just in time to meet the bus.

And the Tongginator?

The Tongginator was BEYOND excited.

seeing her future mei mei for the first time

It was a GREAT day, y'all. The absolute bestest April Fool's Day ever.

No. Joke.

134 comments:

my3 kids said...

So super excited for you guys..she is beautiful...congratulations

malinda said...

I love love love love the pix of T seeing mei mei for the first time -- priceless! Reminds me of showing my oldest HER mei mei's picture for the first time!!!!

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!

prechrswife said...

I am so thrilled for all of you! Even without the face shot, I can tell the look on the Tongginator's face is priceless. She looks so excited! Congratulations!

epin said...

The look on Tongginator's face was priceless; the joy was clear for all to see. Congratulations!! I am so happy for you. The wait was very long, but soon Mei Mei will be in your arms. Much happiness to your entire family.

Patricia/NYC said...

I LOVE the look on Tongginator's face seeing those photos!! Beautiful!! Congratulations to all of you!! Whew - a very long haul, indeed, but soooo worth it!! It won't be long now! :)

THRILLED for you!!!

Kimberly said...

I am so, so, so excited for you all... the picture of the Togginator seeing her mei mei's face for the first time is making me cry big fat happy tears! Such a long wait, and the day you see her face is here at last. On April Fool's Day, too -- wow.

Congratulations!!!!

(I bet she is beautiful!!)

Lindsay said...

SOOOO happy for you! I get the biggest lump in my throat each and every time I hear of a child being matched with a family. LOVE the picture. Her excitement is absolutely contagious.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome... let the fun begin

Adoption & Fire said...

I love the look on her face!!! I am so excited for you guys!!!!!!!!

happygeek said...

Woooooooooooot!
Congratulations. Such a young pumpkin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The pic of Miss T looking at her sister is beyond perfect!!!!!!
Yeeeee haaaaaaw Tonggu family!!!

Cedar said...

So excited for you, T, and Tonggu Daddy. Wow! So fun!

Congratulations!

Jennifer said...

This is the best news ever today! If I didn't know you well enough by now I'd for sure think this was an April Fool's trick. But you wouldn't do that.

And you didn't need to! It's happening. I sure hope you keep up updated the rest of the journey!

Larissa said...

Happy, happy, happy for you!!! Best April Fool`s Day ever!!!

Rebekah said...

So happy for your family! Glad you did not have to wait until next week to see her pictures for the first time.
Congratulations!!!

Elaine said...

Many many congratulations. What a great April fools day.
Our Mei Mei was from Guangdong - she's five now and an absolute delight. If yours is pictured in a red chair, we may share a SWI.
So happy for you.

Kelley said...

Who-hoo!! I'm so very excited for you! Congratulations!!!!

Robin said...

Congratulations!!!

Stefanie said...

What?!?!
Holy Moly!!! Wahoooooooo!!!
MeI Mei is HERE!!!!
I am jumping for JOY for you and your family!!!!!!
Seriously, seriously overjoyed for y'all!!!
9 months??? Teeny tiny, too :) I bet she is BEAUTIFUL!!!

The Payne Family Blog said...

You absolutely must frame that picture of your daughter's reaction! It sums up everything you have been through during this long wait! Priceless! I am crying!!!!!!

Gwen said...

Wow! So, so excited for you!
Congratulations!
Love the picture of T, too! :)

Cedar said...

Okay, I am officially obsessed with your referral. Is that creepy? I promise it will go away when/if we receive a referral in a year or three. Anyway, the solution to the not posting pictures on the blog is clear--e-mail it to all of us. We solemnly promise to ooh, aah and delete. (I'm not actually serious). Secondly, it appears that only Aus guessed the right day for referrals. He also got the province right. No one got province and age right, but a few guessed 9 months and a few said the province. Not me, I was off on all my predictions.

Really happy for you and your family.

Andrea said...

Oh yipee yipee yipeeeeee! So excited for you today! You will SO enjoy getting to spend both weeks in Guangzhou just don't spend all your money in one place! ;-)

Sharie said...

So I am seriously in tears seeing the pure JOY on Miss T's face upon seeing her Mei Mei for the first time. Tears of Joy for you and your family!

thewonderfulhappens said...

That picture is priceless, even if I can't see either of their faces. Congratulations to your family!

Carla said...

SOOO happy for you!

Sunday Koffron said...

Air five!
look at that face!
congratulations!

Briana's Mom said...

Congratulations TM! I am so happy for you! The Tongginator's expression is priceless!

Kayce said...

An April Fools Day you will never forget! Magical!! Congratulations and blessings again to all of you! Tongginator...you're going to be an amazing big sister!!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

I couldn't be more happy for you if I tried.

Congrats to you my friend.

much love,

lea
xo

Catherine said...

Congratulations!! What an absolutely wonderful day and the very best way to celebrate April 1st! Love the expression on Tonginator's face! So, so excited!

So very happy for you!

heather said...

Oh my word!!!!! Congratulations and happy referral day!!!! I'm sure you guys will have the best weekend now that you are one more (giant) step closer to your daughter!!!!!!!!!!! :-) congratulations!!!!

Heather said...

You bless me on a normal day...so TODAY, you extra special bless me!!! WOW! So incredibly overjoyed for your precious family! Enjoy that cloud and stay firmly planted there until, well forever! :) Absolutely LOVE the pic you posted...priceless in every way!! We are beyond excited for you!!

Love,
Heather

mama d said...

Congratulations!

Sarah said...

What an awesome day and the BEST reaction from big sister! Congratulations!! I am sure she is gorgeous!!

Carrie said...

yippee skippee! i am so, so excited for you. i bet you are just on cloud nine - and april fool's day will never be the same for you again, will it?

Nancy said...

Beyond excited for you!
Nancy-of the crazy 8

Amy said...

WAHOOOOO!!!!! I was just thinking about how I hated that you had to wait 3 more days, and then I saw this!

And the pic of the Tongginator seeing her new sister for the first time - oh my! Made me cry. I am so stinkin' excited for you all!

Football and Fried Rice said...

SO very precious! Nine months!? A peanut! So excited for y'all!! Happy Referrall Day!!!

Hugs,
Sara :)

Girly Girl Mommy said...

What an amazing day for your family! I have been stalking your blog since I heard that agencies were receiving info already. That pic of your two daughters in the same photo- wow... gave me chills. Sleep well tonight :)
~Kelly

Annie said...

Oh TM!!!!!!!! I am just so happy and thrilled and beyond words for you and your precious family!!!!! Lizzie is from GD Province! Praise the Lord, TM!!!!

Laura L. said...

Congratulations! The excitement on the Tongginator's faces is precious. I know you'll remember this day forever. Have a super happy weekend of celebration!

Ice Cream! said...

Crying here in TN!!!!! TM, you know how I adore you and am OVER THE MOON about sweet baby mei mei!!! Tonginnator looks sooo precious admiring baby sister! BIG HUGS to your sensory self :) xoxo

Missy said...

BTW, Ice Cream! is me Missy...Paige's sister from Live Big and Laugh Often. Ice Cream! is her blog name :/

Allie, Katie and Ava's Mama said...

Dear TM FAMILY,

I am beyond thrilled for your family. I cant wait to see you precious Mei Mei, I pray that your process will have you in China, holding & kissing your beautiful little girl soon.

God Bless,

Sindy

Holly said...

oh my word!!! 9 months?!! :)
So your entire 2 weeks will be hanging out on the island in GZ?! You lucky duck!! :)
LOVE the pic of your sweet daughter seeing her mei mei!!! And no, we cannot really see baby love, but enough to see that I was wrong...doesn't look like tons of hair YET!! :)
What a perfect day for your daughter to be introduced!
Rejoicing with you and wishing very much that I knew her name. But then I don't even know YOUR name, ha ha ha!!
so. very. happy.
for you and your family!!!
Congrats Mama, Jie Jie, Baba and Tonggu Grammy!! (sorry I never did learn the correct words for the grandparents!)

Janet said...

I can't believe I am so happy for someone I have never met in person, but have grown to really care about through blogging. I am SOOOOO happy for you and your family, and this little one is so blessed too! Praying that all will go well and that you will go and get your baby soooooon! LOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE,

Janet. :-)

Kristen {RAGE against the MINIVAN} said...

Oh that picture has me reduced to tears. So awesome!

Lavender Luz said...

:-)

Myrnie said...

yayayayayayayyyyy!!

the meaklims said...

The look on the tongginators face made me cry.

Soooooooooooooo excited for you. I am pretty partial to Guangdong girls myself! :) Actually, the faint glimpse of the referral photo and the similiar set up of the pictures, makes me wonder if she is from the same swi as my girl!

What a wonderful day...
Love to you all.
Jill xx

*Overflowing* said...

Oh my goodness...I am so excited for you guys!!! Just look at little Miss Tongginator...I got teary seeing her screaming at the picture of her mei mei...absolutely precious!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!

Brazenlilly said...

SO happy for you! That picture says it all. You'll never think of this day in the same way!

planetnomad said...

are you serious? I cna't believe you are serious. This is soooo awesome!! That pic of TM made me tear up a bit. SOOOOOOOO excited!!!!

lin said...

Congrats to the whole Tonggu family, how incredibly exciting. I'm sure April Fool's Day will always be special now

Claudia said...

how exciting - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Alyson and Ford said...

Nothing can describe that moment, seeing your daughter! Amazing, awesome, exciting...... keep smiling! What a beautiful day! You will always remember the love in your heart on April Fools Day! Congrats!!

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Clare said...

So elated for you! Wonderful wonderful news... i cant wait to hear more about Mei Mei. xx

Kiy said...

Beyond excited for all of you. Still get all tingly, thinking about it. Miss T's picture? Priceless! :)

Sharon said...

Congratulations! I am so happy, thrilled, excited, *insert any emotion you like here* for you! So what happened when you could finally call your husband? Oh I can't stand being patient like that! I love that picture. Congrats again! Best April Fool's Day EVER!

Liz said...

Congratulations! What a great April 1st surprise! I love that picture of your daughter seeing her sister's picture - priceless!

I don't know very much about China adoptions - what happens next? How long before you can travel?

Elouise82 said...

Such wonderful, wonderful news! So beyond happy for you all. Praise God!

Keating Mom said...

Congratulations! So happy for the whole family! Love the picture of T :)

MotherMotherOcean said...

Mazel tov. All the best.

Beach Mama said...

C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S!!!!!!
to the Momma from a Mama of a Guangdong empress! I am rejoicing with you!! Any chance you will share what city in Guangdong? If Maoming, please let me know! I know Jie Jie is ready to jump on that plane. How many more sleeps to travel?

Heather said...

Oh my goodness!!!!!! I am so happy for all of you!!! What an amazing day you had yesterday. I loved seeing Togginator's pic with her being so excited. How special. Very excited for you. And Congratulations, Mama!

jesuscoffeeandfamily said...

WHAT?? I didn't even get around to telling you our referral stories!! :) What a great day for you all. That pic of the Tongginator seeing the picture made me cry! Have a wonderful, exciting weekend!

lmgnyc said...

Congratulations. After that amazingly foolishly long wait you had, it somehow seems appropriate to get the referral on April 1st. You will never, ever forget it.

Love the pic. Wide open mouthed surprise. Love it.

semiferalmama said...

That's my favorite photo in a referral post - ever.
So happy for all of you.

Special K said...

Absolutely love the pic. Pure joy on her face. You can't beat that. Crying big fat tears for you this morning. And they're happy happy tears!! Is this really happening? Can you believe it? After all these years. Seems surreal, doesn't it? :)

Joan said...

Wow... I am so happy for your family. What a perfect day!

jen@odbt said...

Amazing news! So happy for you all.

Polar Bear said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!
I am so happy for all of you!!!! What an amazing moment!

3cmum said...

Fabulous! It's the most special thing to introduce the eldest to the youngest! My fab photo of all time is my oldest holding a photo of her sister - the proudest Joe Joe ever.
Congrats!!!

Kim K. said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for your family. I love seeing your daughter with the referral photo. Priceless.

Sandra said...

Congratulations! I love that picture!

Tammie T. said...

My eyes are filled with tears of joy for your family! (I had planned to write that before I read my sister's comment!)The picture is priceless! Her expression is wonderful! :)
Blessings to your family!

Truly Blessed said...

Awesomeness in a photograph!

Congratulations, Mama of two!!!

Wanda said...

AMAZING!!!! I'm so happy for you all. Tears of joy streaming down my face for you. Finally.............the wait is over. Enjoy every singel moment of this amazing journey. Mama of TWO!!!!!!!

Mama.The.Dragon said...

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats! And yes, WHAT a Great April Fool's Day!!!!! No Joking!

Can't wait to hear more!

Again, VERY excited and happy for you - a Family of Four - Wow!!!

Wendy said...

She is so lovely! And that picture of the Tongginator seeing her sister for the first time? PRICELESS!!!

Congratulations to all of you!

K and/or K said...

Congratulations!!!!!!! FINALLY! I am so thrilled for you and your family! I must admit I scrolled to the bottom of the post to make sure it really was not a joke! :-)

Our referral was Ground Hog's Day, funny how now we'll remember these silly holidays FOREVER now, huh?

Hooray for your future together!

BSC said...

Congrats.... So happy your news was sooner rather than later.

Beth

The Busters said...

What a great photo!!! CONGRATS!!

Buckeroomama said...

SOOOOO happy for you, TM!!

easternjourney.com said...

Congrats! I know you are just over the moon excited. There is no other feeling on earth as seeing your daughter's face for the first time. hugs.

Mamatini said...

Congratulations!! That picture of the Tongginator is just classic. It brought me to tears.

So thrilled for you, Tonggu Family, and can't wait to follow along!!

Shannon said...

Beyond excited to say the least! So happy for y'all!!!!

Denise said...

So happy that our time has finally arrived...congrats!!

Aunt LoLo said...

Ok. I didn't cry yesterday. I grinned like an idiot and told anyone who would listen, but I didn't cry.

That picture of Miss T just did me in. Whoever snapped that one is a GENIUS and that photo should go in MeiMei's lifebook...and Miss T's lifebook...and possibly be blown up and printed on canvas and put up in Miss T's Classic Winnie the Pooh nursery. I am crying over here, mama. Congrats again!!!! My MIL used to work at an orphanage in Guangdong Province, way back in the day.

The Drinkwaters said...

Just seeing the pure joy and excitment in your daughter's face as she is holding her Mei Mei's picture brings tears to my eyes...

Johnny said...

A Hearty Congrats to your family.

The Gang's Momma! said...

Over the moon, ridiculously excited and happy for you all. Such a wonderful thing to get it over a weekend - to huddle in, dream, laugh, cry and rejoice together!

So happy for you my friend. Wish I could hug your anti-sensory self right now ;) Gently of course :)

Dita said...

Ya know what, TM....April Fool's Day will forever be the day that changed your lives...and no mere "prank" once a year will every top that.

I am beyond thrilled for all of you...the look on Little T's face is PRICELESS.....I can only imagine what TD had to say when he saw his newest baby girl.

I am thrilled beyond words for all of you....just thrilled.

Hugging you from afar (until the day we finally meet and I'll circle you at least 3 times before I hug you....oh, and no cheap perfume....I'll leave that at home!)

xoxo
Dita

Dawn said...

Now THAT is the best April Fool's Day non-joke I've ever known!!!

Rejoicing with you!

Be blessed.

Lisa said...

The April Fool's Day ever! So happy for you and your family. Congratulations!

Tracy said...

Congrats on your referral!! :)

Trace7, RQ

Deb said...

So excited for you and T. Have a wonderful time preparing for the trip and then meeting her.

Love and hugs,
Deb

luna said...

oh wow, how wonderful! that pic of the tonginnator's excited reaction is simply precious! so very happy for you all. fabulous!

the meaklims said...

I'm so excited for ya'll that I had to come back one more time and say, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

I can totally remember how amazing I felt for weeks and weeks after getting our referral, felt like I was on Cloud 9 forever. I can feel your joy from over here! And I can only imagine the laughing and excitement and giggling and happy sighing and exclaiming of wow, that took forever, but man was she ever worth the wait!

Lots of hugs again, from Canada!
Jill xxoxoxx

oneinchofgrace said...

Congratulations! I love the photo on tongginator.

Momma C said...

Congrats!!! It has been a long time coming. Enjoy every minute. Speedy TA and happy travels

Shonda said...

LOVE. THAT. PICTURE! And congratulations. You even made my non-hugging self want to hug you.

sara said...

WOOOOHOOOO!!!

I couldn't be more excited for you...congrats!!

day by day said...

I have been long missing from blogland, but trying to resurface. lol! I am beyond excited for you and your beautiful family!!!!! Referral day....a day you will cherish in your heart forever! That picture of the Tongginator looking at her new sister is pricless!! And mei mei is absolutely, perfectly, beautiful!!!

Congratulations and big hugs to you!!!!

love,
Michelle

Shawna said...

I'm so glad you left a post on my blog at www.thehamptonchronicles@blogspot.com Now I can follow your journey to your daughter too.

I'm so happy for your family. Much excitement this weekend.

Serving the King said...

Gasp! I don't know whether to congratulate you first or beg you to please, please, puh---lease show me her picture!!! :) Congratulations girl!

Laine said...

Priceless priceless priceless! The picture, the date, all of it!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Laurie said...

OH MY GOSH!! I've been out of town and not checking blogs regularly- had NO idea this was coming so soon!! You'll NEVER forget this referral date, now will you? SO BEYOND EXCITED for you guys!! Your new daughter is the age of our first adoption and in the place of our 2nd. Love it! I bet she is precious, and I just LOVE T's smile when looking at those pictures. ADORABLE!!

Patty O. said...

This is FANTASTIC news! You totally made me cry. I love that picture of T! So, so awesome!

The Raudenbush Family said...

Incredibly exciting for you all and the picture here -- priceless. Love it! :)
Kelly

Dawn said...

I'm smiling all over for your family.

Dawn Davenport
Creating a Family

Beyond Normal Limits said...

Awesome photo of Tongginator! I really appreciate your commitment to protecting your children's identities and keeping Mei Mei safe throughout the process, despite your excitement. Your blog is one I hope to emulate.

Maps of China said...

I'm so thrilled for you and your growing family! Enjoy the sisterhood!

Aus said...

I think I need say only one thing to convey how we feel for you - and T has it on her face too -

HOORAH



OK - and maybe a little snoopy dance - at least from the kids!

hugs - aus and co.

thegypsymama said...

Heart running over with happiness for you!

anymommy said...

That picture is absolutely priceless. A belated but heartfelt congratulations - SO happy for you.

LucisMomma said...

Yay! So happy for you! Fun! Fun!

What a wonderful friend who took photos for you!

Red Sand said...

That picture says it all. Very thrilled for all of you!

The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh I am praying for all of you!!! I went away on a prayer retreat this weekend and jumped online to check on you. Big hugs my friend and just know that I am praying for all of your family's needs. Love you!!!

Debz said...

AWWWWHHHHHHHHH! Been waiting for you to have a post like this for YEARS! Congrats!!!
If we were still waiting we would have missed the cut off by one day! So sooooo happy that wasn't you!!

Blessings to you!!!!

kitchu said...

late to your BIG news but crying tears of joy and praying for an email :) congrats to your beautiful family i am so very happy for you all!

Diane said...

Oh TM. So many emotions for you to navigate. Your tiny bundle has experienced so many big things already. I know you must be anxious to embrace her and never let her go as she faces her long journey ahead. Keeping Jie Jie in my prayers as she walks this new walk and finds strength in her new role in your family. Many changes ahead. Praying your big girl can hold onto the joy that she so pricelessly holds in the photo.

aust2china said...

Beyond Fabulous! The biggest warmest Congratulations to you all!!

autumnesf said...

I step away from the computer for a weekend and you get your referral??? I should have done it much sooner!!! So excited for you. Enjoy your relaxing trip with less travel. And those Guangdong girls are just so pretty. Are you going to share the SWI?

Congrats to all of you! So so happy for your family!

Shirlee McCoy said...

I'm so excited for your family!!

Congratulations!

jeanette said...

sorry I'm delayed on this one! congratulations!

Kristi said...

Hooray ~ or as my youngest Chinese turned southern girl would say, "Ni haw!!!!"
I'm so, so happy for you guys. And the look on Togginator's face? Priceless!

Cristina said...

So I am away from the computer for a few days and this happens!!!! OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! I am beyond thrilled for you guys. Many, many hugs and blessings flowing to you all from Tassie xxxxxx

Carissa said...

Crying and I mean crying here....3 years ago April 22nd we saw the twins faces for the first time....I am emotional wreck now and this is not even my referral...I could not be more excited for you

Teacher Girl said...

So happy for you!!! Congratulations!!!

Haley Ballast said...

YIPPEE!! So so so so so so happy for you guys!

Kohana said...

Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I know I posted all over your FB page, but I had to come here and say congrats one more time:) I am OH SO HAPPY for you TM. It has been a long wait, but your time is finally here and you are just weeks away from that beautiful baby girl. I could not be happier for you.

that photo of The T seeing her mei mei for the first time is PRICELESS!!

xoxo,

Lisa

Jean said...

WWOOOOOOHOOOOOO!!

YAY!! I am so happy for you!! Congratulations!!

This is the day we arrived home form China so I missed the announcement- so sorry!!