On August 14th, 2009, we saw our daughter's face for the first time. You can read about it here and here.
The shared list had come out on Wed. August 5th and I just knew we would get a call from our agency saying they had a file for us to review. I waited very anxiously that day, but no call. Then,out of the blue an e mail from our agency came out. It had some pictures of the children that were "left over" from the shared list. Children that had not been matched and were still needing families. My heart was beating so fast as I looked at Maggie's picture on my computer. A long list of medical needs were listed under her picture and some how I just knew that the info was wrong on her. I called my coordinator and she confirmed that yes, there must have been a mix up because the little girl I was interested in only had two special needs - microtia/atresia and VSD. We proceeded to review her file and talk with doctors about her needs and pray ! The next morning we called our agency and said "yes" to Gao En Xiao, our daughter.
It is hard to explain how we instantly loved her and how we just knew. But, we did. This beautiful, dark haired baby girl that lived on the other side of the world was our daughter, plain and simple. Adoption is like that - To love a child so much that you have never held, talked to, and personally seen. And even harder to explain is how we loved her even before she was born... Her heart woven with ours, a beautiful tapestry designed by God.
Happy referral day Maggie !! We love you !