Sunday, May 31, 2009

3 years ago today...We see her face!

3 years ago today we got "The Referral call" ...For those of you not familiar with what those words mean in the adoption world...





Adoption referral- is when an agency matches what they know about you and your family with what they have learned about a child from an orphanage and the caregivers.



We were ONLY given this much info about the baby;

Photos(Video too) - may be in color or a black and white fax.
Medical information - May include: child's age, weight, height, lab tests (HIV, TB, Hep), medications given, diagnosis, and any complications. Also how the child is growing and developing physically.

We had 72 hrs (i think) to decide on that info if we wanted the baby....

Here is the photos we received;



She was named Cindy Abigail this picture was taken ten days after birth ...

She weighed 4lbs 10 oz 18 in long...all tests came back Negative!

Do you see her ribs?





We accepted the "Referral" and she became ours, really from the instant we saw the pics..HOW COULD YOU SAY NO!???????







I was blessed that we got over 53 pictures and many updates from our Attorney In Guatemala.






My healthy girl today 26 lbs and all giggles!



Did I mention how much joy she has brought to this family! ?



And it all started with a prayer to God .....



23 words from my friends!:

Lynn said...

It is always amazing to see those referral pictures and compare them to the happy, healthy little girls we have now!

Spudsnsalsa said...

Ah the happy memories. Our 'referral' for Mari was a picture and birthdate!!! Julia's was only slightly more detailed but we figured that a pregnant Mom knows even less when she knows the news so we accepted!
Suz

Hannah said...

It breaks my heart to see her so tiny and with her little ribs showing. It makes my heart sing to see her beautiful smile in the wagon :)

God IS Good!

Sarah said...

So tiny and perfect! My Bug was only a few ounces heavier but almost an inch shorter! And, our four year anniversary of that call was 4 years ago last weekend (I forgot to document it - travesty!)!

Many more similarities appear... but one thing prevails... we were both blessed with amazingly beautiful miracles we forever will call our daughters!

Amanda said...

Yeah, how could ANYBODY say no! She is perfect.. I can't believe how tiny she was. Was that because the mother didn't eat much?

Oh happy day and time sure does fly!

Alleen said...

That 2nd picture looks soooooooooo much like one of Miss G's referral pictures!! And Miss G was 4 lbs 7 oz at 2 1/2 weeks old, so I know what you mean about tiny and skinny...

Happy referral day!

Buckeroomama said...

She's such a little sweetheart! :)

Mom to the 3rd Power said...

Wow! That referral pic is amazing-Abby has gotten so big and looks so healthy now! How could you not love a face like hers?

aamayna said...

Happy 3 year referral aniv!! No wonder she is so tiny now!! What a little peanut! I agree, those ribs break your heart!!

Bobbi said...

These days are so special, and bring back so many memories. Makes me think a bit of the days when I found out I was pregnant. What a beatuy she is

Wanda said...

Happy 3 years. How wonderful! Nothing like it in the world.

Your little darlin started off so tiny (4 lbs!!!) but has grown into such a lovely little girl!

Wanda

Vanessa said...

So tiny at referral but as beautiful as ever!! I remember the butterflies I got in my stomach waiting to open our referral photos! Such an exciting moment!

Terri said...

What a sweetie and a beautiful child you have. You are truly blessed!

MICHELLE said...

Happy referral day, she is a precious little doll.

Valerie said...

Aww! Looking back on those photos makes you realize how fast kids grow up.
Logan was itty, bitty in his referrel pic also.

Megan said...

What a sweet baby, and now big girl! I always say that these are the things that Lily will never remember, but we will never forget.

Don and Be said...

How WONDERFUL does she look. What a precious little girl. What a joy!

Jo Jo said...

Wow wow wow! I just love seeing referral pics. Myla was teeny tiny with ribs, too. It's so amazing to see what a little love can do. Beautiful!

Kellie said...

Aren't prayers amazing!!! We are so glad we got to meet you this weekend. Abby is so beautiful and such a sweet thing! Can't wait to do more fun things with you guys this summer!

Carrie said...

Getting the referral is one of the best moments. Abby and Savannah looked a lot alike as infants. The picture you posted the other day is a spitting image. We have an identical one on the same blanket from the pediatrician in Guatemala.

Happy Referral Day

Rachel said...

What sweet and special memories - I can't imagine anyone turning down any little one, especially when you see those ribs and know what their life will be like if you say no. So glad your little Abby is safe and sound with you and bouncing with job each and every day!!

Griffin's # 1 fan said...

I love happy stories like this! She is so beautiful!

Rhonda said...

so cute :-)