Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Call

I was sitting at my desk at work when my phone rings. I have it on silent so as to not disturb those around me with the ringing but that then requires me to look at it every 5 seconds to see if it has or is ringing. I looked down and saw an unfamiliar number on the phone. I have been getting calls from solicitors on my cell phone lately so I thought it was probably another call. I answered, just in case, and was caught off guard when I heard Christy's (our case worker) voice on the other end. She got right down to business and said that she has some exciting news for us. I grabbed a pad of paper and went into an office and shut the door so I could concentrate. I tried to conference in John but OF COURSE his phone was not on and we don't have a land line. I knew he was home as it was Emma's nap time but couldn't get ahold of him. I went ahead and let Christy tell me on the phone about the little boy that would become part of our family. Due to privacy issues, I can't disclose all of the details now but he is a healthy one month old little boy and his given name means Wisdom....pretty big word for such a little man. I was able to absorb about 1/2 of what Christy was telling me the whole time thinking....why isn't John picking up his phone?? I got off the phone, grabbed my stuff and rushed home to open the email as a family. I got ahold of John on my way out of the office so he was ready when I got home.

John, Emma and I sat on the couch, pulled up my email and saw the first pictures of our little boy. We told Emma this was her baby brother and she kept saying "more bahbi buder". We got four pictures of him which I have looked at too many times to count. This all happened around 3pm. We sent some emails, updated our blog, sent pictures to be printed at Costco then headed out to the store to buy him his first to come.

I had already planned to get my haircut with a friend of mine and thought about canceling but was bouncing off the walls and John encouraged me to go and gush on my way. The haircut didn't end up happening but we did pick the pictures up at Costco and I was able to go on and on with Alisa about our precious little boy.

That evening there was an event at a local Christian High School with various people from around the state advocating for orphan care and global awareness. I decided to keep my plans for going and was sooooo glad that I did. I met a man from Ethiopia there that was able to tell me how to pronounce our son's name and also what it meant. What a blessing!!!

I came home and collapsed. Exhausted after such a full day. It was wonderful. He is more than we could have ever hoped for. We already feel so blessed to have him become part of our family....


  1. such an exciting time! everytime i read "the call" stories i get all teary eyed! congrats again!

  2. I love your call story! It is one of the most amazing days. God's presence on that day is pretty incredible!

  3. LOVE IT!!! Can you even believe it- you got your call, and you know who God has chosen for your family!!! What a perfect story!!!

  4. I am so happy for you !! I know he is just beautiful...all ethiopian babies are :) I know when we received our call, I floated on cloud 9 for weeks is the best feeling ever :)
    Congrats !!!
    Maria (agci)

  5. It sounds like our boys are "roomies". E-mail sometime and we'll catch up. Maybe we'll be travel buddies too.

  6. Great story, I feel like I will never forget that day, every detail is still so vivid. We will, Lord willing, be traveling in 3 weeks and I would love to sneak a peek at your little one. Let me know if you want me to try : )

  7. I am so excited for you guys!! How amazing! I am sure you are on cloud 9 and so in love with your little boy. I am celebrating with you guys today!

    Emily V.
    vogeltanzfamily . com