Last night I had the first opportunity to speak with E. It was both wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. She truly loves Levi and wants the best for him. She is being completely selfless because she wants a better life for him than she is able to give at this time in her life. She mentioned that she thinks of this adoption as not losing him but gaining extended family. We count her as part of our family now. This little guy is so very loved by so many people.
Please pray for E. She is having a hard time with being on bed rest and the fact that this adoption is happening much faster than she had planned. Her heart is breaking with this decision that she needs to make because she loves him so very much. Pray that we develop a healthy relationship with her that will last a lifetime.
It was absolutely wonderful to hear Edna say that E had chosen us. She gave me some details about her hospital stay and very brief information as to our next steps. We were to wait to hear from Elisa who handled the remaining paperwork and funds needed. We were told that once we had our paperwork and funds submitted we would get the chance to speak with E. I was on cloud nine. I didn't stop smiling the remainder of the night. It was wonderful to call family and friends and share our wonderful news: We are having a baby boy! I will always remember hearing Jarred calling friends and family and listening to him say, "I am going to be a father, I am having a son!" It was one of the most joyous moments in our lives.
We finished calling people and started to head out to go to our friends' house. We were going to have a "Happy You are Chosen" Party. We got the OK from our friends Greg and Emily to invite some of our other close friends to celebrate. As we were pulling out of the driveway, our very close friend, Kyle, pulled up and gave us both the biggest hugs ever. Kyle and his wife are expecting a little one in November and we are very excited that our children will be close in age and grow up together.
We spent the remainder of the night talking with friends and eating ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. We took goofy pictures and laughed and rejoiced together. After Jarred and I left our friends home, we both crawled into bed excited and exhausted. I fell asleep thinking about Levi. Despite how difficult this journey has been at times it is all so very worth it. All those "No's" we heard were because we only needed a single "Yes" from E for our wonderful Levi. God is so very good, and I am one extremely blessed soon-to-be mom!