Saturday, April 26, 2008

DNA has left the building

and is on the way to the US Embassy in Guatemala City!!!! Expected arrival is Monday afternoon!!! That means we should definitely be seeing PINK by the end of next week. My prediction is a May 12th embassy date. What do you think??? Unbelievable!!

Last night, Jason and I had our last date night that won't require planning and a babysitter! We had such a great time talking, watching our favorite baseball team beat the Yankees, and just being together, amazed, that after 6 years of starting our journey to parenthood we will finally be with our son within a matter of hours. We reflected on what this journey has meant to us, how it has transformed us, and how we feel so incredibly blessed. We had no idea what was in store for us when we decided to start a family six years ago. We had no idea how much our faith would be tested, how much our hearts would ache, and how much it would change us in ways we never could have imagined. We also had no idea we would find a source of strength we never knew existed, that we would experience love that has no boundaries, and that we would be wrapped in so much support by our families, friends, and complete strangers.

So, we toasted to our sweet his loving foster his birth the next chapter of our lives as a safe healthy finding honoring and respecting one an amazing summer...and, too ALL OF YOU.

There is no way we could have made it through this process with strength, perseverance, and grace without all of you. There are no words to fully express our gratitude for the amazing gift of love, support, encouragement, shared tears, patience, cheers, hugs, that ALL of you have provided to us. You have all touched us soooo deeply and we have learned so much from you. And, I am talking to EVERY one of you: my blogger pals, our amazing families, our friends, coworkers, my carpool friends, and to everyone we have met along way. There were days I was simply unbearable to be around, there were days it was very difficult to even muster up a smile, there were days it was all I could do to get through the hour without breaking down. And, there were days of pure joy and celebration!! Through it all, you stood beside us, cried with us, jumped for joy with us, plotted with us, and held up that hope for us. So, just know that you are in our hearts and we are so lucky to have you in our lives.

So, we hold up a toast to all of you.....(ya gotta love the "Pig Out" above Jason's head!!!)

With that said...we have some bags to finish packing, some housecleaning to do, and some other last minute details to take care of before we leave at 3:30am to be reunited with our SON forever!!! Our next post will be from Guatemala as a family of three!!!


Victoria & Joe said...

I think I am a week behind you so I am hoping a week of the 5th appt for you... I want the 12th...Have a great time... I can't wait til we get them both home.. we'll have to plan a big cook-out... Be safe

Suzanne and Jayme said...

I am so thrilled for you both. To be a parent is nothing less than a gift from GOD. The journey is just beginning. Your son is just as lucky to have you as you are to have him. I hope you have an amazing time in Guatemala. I can't wait to hear how everything is going.

My thoughts and prayers are always with you guys. May the lord always bless you and your family, present and future

Beth said...

I am bawling!

I think we have said it all over the months, so for now... just know that I am bursting with JOY for you as you prepare to get your boy! My cheeks hurt from smiling and my heart aches with joy... you are so deserving of the happiness you are about to experience!

Safe travels... snuggle that boy and big one from all his blogger aunties and uncles! We adore you guys!

(Love the song!)

Auntie G said...

YIPPEE!!! PINK is coming this week!

Becky said...

Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! I am sooooo happy for all three of you. I hope you all have a safe and healthy trip, and can't wait to see new pix of Eli,he's so dang Cute! You guys are o.k. too:)

The gFamily said...

LOVE the song!! Eli is coming!!

It sounds like you guys had a great date! I still remember my last date with my husband before we had our first bio son. It's a date you will never forget!

I am just so excited that you will be with Eli in less than 24 hours and will be bringing him home!! YAY!! God is so good!! Enjoy beautiful Guatemala and your son!!

Danny & Brittney said...

Thinking of you during this great, wonderful time. Be safe!

Becca said...

Yea, yea! Did you ever think you would make it here? I am so very happy for you. Now I'll be tuning in to hear tired mommmy tirades and cries for sleep! I am sending up praises!

Peace and Hugs,

Bobbi said...

Ok, I composed myself enough to type you a comment. I came downstairs this morning and thought it is Steph, Jason, and Eli's forever family day!!! YEAH!!!

What a beautiful post you have written. Oh, what a ride it has been. From the lowest of lows, to the highest of highs. I thank you for allowing me to come on the ride with you. I look forward to the rest of the ride, with you all as a family.

From this day forward there will never be a good-bye!! With much love to you all. Safe and healthy travels.


Kim said...

Stephanie, I am bawling here! I am so thrilled that you guys are leaving to become a family! Safe travels. Can't wait to see pictures!

Heidi said...

I can't wait to see pics of you together FOREVER. Beautiful post, just beautiful. Be safe, stay healthy, and go get that baby of YOURS!

Joelsburg said...

Can't wait to meet Eli - have a safe and fun trip!

jen weeeers said...

Hooray! It has been so great reading this slew of positive updates the past couple of weeks. Have a safe trip back and enjoy adjusting to being a family of THREE! I hope we get to meet Eli soon.

Greta Jo said...

Beautiful post. I am so happy for you. I am sure you have an extra bounce in your step and a smile that keeps coming back.

Praise God.