Tuesday, May 29, 2007

It's On.....

I'll be holding Tsebay (Seb-bye) Grace shortly. I can't wait!!!

Court Date--June 4th--God willing

Travel Dates--June 13th-22nd---assuming everything goes well in court

I have so, so much to do. I'm in the frozen state where I don't know where to begin. It's time to make a list and start truckin.

Friday, May 25, 2007

The Scoop

I woke up early Wednesday morning to get a head start on my day. It was going to be a long one including enrichment with my students in the morning and an orientation for parents in the evening. I looked at my phone and noticed there were a few missed calls. For the past few weeks I have thought it was Mary from Gladney everytime the phone would ring and since I emailed her last week and told her not to worry about the time difference and call at anytime I instantly thought it was her. I checked my voicemail and the shaking began. I returned her call and got her voicemail, called my mom and clued her in. Mary called back. She shared that she held Tsebay last week while in Ethiopia (how cool is that), emailed me the information and pictures and started sharing the details. It was love at first sight. I knew this little girl was my little girl. I called my mom, we called my sister. Rachelle had the best reaction ever--screaming, crying etc. Within a half hour I called Mary back to accept the referral. She shared how well cared for the children are at the Gladney Center and that she is quite hopeful we may get a quick court date. I should have more information early next week. This all happened before 7 am and I still had work obligations. Somehow I managed to make it through the day. Thank you to my friends at work for pitching in.

Thank you so much for sending so much love. It is overwhelming and I am so touched. It is amazing the power that a new life has. I am having a difficult time focusing and am on such a high. I took the advice given by Gladney and did not buy much for the baby. Now I have a purpose. I am not a shopper by nature but knowing that I'm buying for Tsebay will make it fun.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Babylicious Has Arrived!!!!!

Introducing Tsebay (the T is silent and I will find out soon if the bay is pronounces bay or by). I will be keeping this beautiful name as her first name. It means character. I love it. She is 4 months old and is beautiful and perfect. She's my little sweetie and hopefully I will be traveling soon to pick her up. I will post more details soon. This great news came on an extremely busy work day so I must get to work. Keep the love coming!!!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

MOM--You are Awesome!

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. ~Proverb

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers out there. I hope to be joining your ranks sometime soon.

Mom, I hope I can be a role model for my daughter like you have been for Rachelle and I. You are the strongest, most independent woman I know but are not afraid to show your soft side. You are so sweet and loving. You have always given us support and made us feel safe and secure yet have given us space to grow and explore. I know it hasn't always been easy. Thank you for all the sacrifices you have made. I love you. Have a great day!

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. ~Marion C. Garretty

There's No Place Like Home

I spent the last week getting over my jet lag, the previous week in Philly, and the week prior to that in New Mexico. Traveling is one of my favorite things, I even love to fly but there is nothing like landing back on Maui. It was wonderful to spend time with family and friends. I spent a lot of QT with my mom. She is crazy for the baby and is all geared up with a crib, high chair and toys. Thanks Michelle. It was awesome to see my two godsons. They are getting so big and are adorable, smart and funny! Babylicous will be surrounded with wonderful cousins.

Still no news on the baby although I have been assured I am getting close.
Keep those positive vibes coming.