Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The Day the World Changed

October 2005-August 2006-July 2008

2 years ago today the world changed. Not for everyone but certainly for me...after a long wait I became a mother via email. A 45 year old mother of a 20 month old! How's that for life changing? Come to find out it was the start of the greatest days of my life. First a trip to China with a group of fantastic people then "gotcha day" which is when the real fun started. I finally got to meet Lu Xiao Mei in all of her glory, she was scared and beautiful I was scared and sweaty we were a match made in heaven. How I loved that child from the first moment I saw her face on my computer screen and how I love her more every single day even during those brief moments that I don't like her very much.
Who could have guessed that a picture on computer screen could change the world! Not me beforehand but now I am a believer. The matching room was right on and they placed me with the perfect child. She is smart, strong, spunky, funny and a big pain in the rear on occaision. I have no idea what cosmic dust those folks spread around that ugly government office but I think it must be pixie dust that allows them to get into the minds and souls of people a world away, people that they will never meet. I could not have asked for anything more from them but I got it Kacey loves me as much as I love her. My favorite Kacey line of the week my folks had friends in town that she adores my mom was getting ready to bring her home after I got home from work and she said to my mom's friends, "I'm going to miss you but I've got to go see my mommy"! She was out the door and in the car on her way to see her mommy and her mommy was glad to see her too.
Just how to show how much Kacey has changed these past two years I went back and checked her stats from her first doctor's appointment in October 2006 (not quite 2 years ago) she was 22.4 lbs and in the 5th percentile and 32.75" tall in the 25th percentile. On July 21 she weighed in at 33 lbs. +10.6 and was 38.5" tall +almost 4 inches. Wow it's amazing what love and a healthy diet will do for a girl. I'm not even going to discuss the weight I've gained without getting ANY taller:)
A last note to any waiting parents who may stop by I know that wait is long right now but do not give up please do not give up. These children need you and more than that you need them. Whether it is your 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th child the addition to your family will be priceless you will thank your lucky stars and God every single day. I know my wait was short in comparision but please take my word for the fact that if China was still open to singles I'd be right back in line with you waiting my turn and I would keep going back until there were no children sitting in orphanages waiting to be loved! I'd do it again (and again) in a minute I'd wait as long as it took and longer if asked. Hang in there I hope and pray that after the Olympics are complete things will speed up for all of you. Can't wait to see your referal pictures!

Thank you Kacey Susan Xiao Mei for changing my world and making me a better person I owe you a Dove Bar (or 2). In advance thanks to all those waiting parents for hanging in there, your fellow familes are with you in spirit!
47 year old mother of a 3 year old!


Blogger Tammie had this to say:

Happy Anniversary!!


Blogger Sonia had this to say:

Beautiful post, Julie. I had to grab a few kleenex for that one(: I cannot believe it's been 2 yrs. There is nothing that compares to be Kacey's mommy, huh? Miss you guys.


Blogger Marie had this to say:

Joe and I have experienced the same joy from Molli (Linda & Don)and Zoe (Jerry & Lisa). They have enriched our lives.

What's up with the reunion? We'd like to attend but don't have details. I saw on blogs that Diane and Shelley are coming. Anyone else?


Blogger Life with JJ, Starr and Spice had this to say:

Happy Belated two years from one 47 year old mommy to three year olds to another :)

Kacey is amazing and so are you and your family.

Miss you!
Lori and Co.


Blogger prechrswife had this to say:

Happy Anniversary! (Things have been so hectic around here lately that I just realized I never blogged about our second referral anniversary...)


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