A year ago we met our infant foster daughter for the first time. Below is the epic saga of how it all came to pass. And, you’re welcome.
Sarabeth and I had been married for four years while everyone around us was popping babies out like gum ball machines gone haywire. We applied to be foster-to-adopt parents in February of 2013 thinking that would be a quick fix to a deep void. Come Christmas morning eleven months later, we still had no kid to lavish with gifts. Every Christmas was becoming harder and harder and only brought us more devastation.
It’s one thing to want a bike for your birthday or yearn for a promotion, but to have an ever-empty nursery in the house to welcome no child is a pain that even Hemingway couldn’t describe.
Enter bitter cold January of 2014. No child. Our background checks for the foster program had been lost. Again. Redo, resend, repeat. Goodbye, January. Hello February 6, five years into marriage and one year after applying to be foster parents, a day that would forever change our lives.
It started with an email from our assigned social worker: “You’ve been approved.”
My ever-optimistic thoughts: Oh, good. Now we just have to wait another year while they find us a kid.
My phone rang. I scan my calls, so I didn’t answer it.
A minute later I got an email from the same social worker: “Can you answer your phone? We have a baby to place with you if you’re interested.”
My thoughts: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I pressed Call Back and immediately I was told that there was a newborn baby who needed a home and would we be willing to accept her? I was already emailing my wife. The frantic message looked something like this: Were aprived! They have a gbabya. Y or B?
Her response: Yes! Yes! Yes!
“We’ll take her!” I screamed into the phone as though I were at an auction.
The funny thing is, even though we had no idea what she looked like or had ever heard her cry, and knew very little about her, Sarabeth and I had already fallen deeply and madly and hopelessly in love with her.
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