Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Call

WE GOT THE CALL!!!! I think my sister and mom are good luck charms. Three years ago, we got "the call" about Lillian when the three of us were in a car together. And today, as we were having a girls lunch in Arizona, we got "the call" about Lillian's brother. Yep, it's a boy!

Before we get too ahead of ourselves, I should explain that this is just the call to tell us that we have been selected to meet a birthparent. The next step will be to meet each other in a mediation session. If that goes well, we'll arrange another mediation session a few days later. Typically there is more time between mediation sessions but this will be a fast timeline as this baby is due on January 19th! Then there is the birth and paperwork to finalize the placement. Basically there are a lot of steps before this is official but in the meanwhile, I'm excited at the prospect of a new baby.

As usual, there are random and sometimes quirky connections that drew the birthmom to us. She loves the fact that Jeff is a stay-at-home Dad because she is very close to her father. She also likes that I am a career woman as that is her goal as well. The counselor describes her as a smart, go-getter who always thinks of other people first. In fact, we have been "on hold" for a while as this birthmother was interested in us but has been struggling with the decision and wanted to be sure before we were contacted. She sounds like a very special person and I can't wait to meet her.

We return to Oregon tomorrow and will arrange the 2 mediation meetings. They will take place around the Bend area as that is where the birthmom lives. So pray that the snow lightens up so we can make the drive. Please pray also that it would be clear whether we would be a good match for a lifelong commitment. I could easily get caught up in the excitement and want to make sure we're all making sound decisions. And pray for health and happiness for this little boy and his birthmom.

As the counselor said, Merry Christmas!


Jennifer December 27, 2007 at 4:29 PM  

Oh my gosh, Lori!!! I'm so excited for you guys. I'm praying for you, Jeff, the birthmom and your families. What a sweet, sweet gift.
Love you guys!!! Jenn

Anonymous December 27, 2007 at 7:41 PM  

Lori and Jeff,

What a wonderful post-Christmas gift! (I'm getting WAY ahead of myself...mainly because I can't help it!) This is such exciting news! Josh read your blog before I got home and called me immediately. This is such a blessing & I can't wait to hear about your mediation session as well as the connection you feel when you meet for the first time. Sending you many positive prayers and vibes for the best possible outcome! Much love to you both! Good luck!!! YAHOOOOOOOOOOO!!

PS...We are (sort of) on the way to Bend if you go through Eugene/Springfield. Let us know when/if you are in the area and we can meet up! You're welcome to come over anytime!

Anonymous December 27, 2007 at 7:58 PM  

YAY!! I'm so happy for you guys and am praying for God's clear direction in this. Also for safe driving to the meetings.
-Sandy G.

Princess Talana December 27, 2007 at 8:53 PM  

Lori, We've never met but I've read your blog for sometime... Congratulations! Amazing news for all of you!

Anonymous December 27, 2007 at 9:37 PM  

DUDE, I AM CRYING!!! i am sooooo excited for you guys!!! wow, i will definitely pray for the entire situation. i know you want it to be the match God has in store for you... but you also want a baby!! so i will pray that this match was meant to be!!! jan. 19th?!?!?! wowza!!! -Becci :)

Anonymous December 27, 2007 at 11:58 PM  

WooHoo!!! Very cool! Rejoicing with you. Looking forward to hearing about the mediation session. Also looking forward to continuing to see God reveal HIS plans for you! Had been praying for you two just this morning and now this! Love - Wendy (the lurker)

Anonymous December 28, 2007 at 12:03 AM  

This is the best news we could imagine and rest assured the prayers are heading up in full force!
Yay, good luck, God Bless to infinity!

Mindy and Bill

LCM December 28, 2007 at 5:49 AM  

Yeah!! I just got goosebumps! Good luck, what a wonderful Christmas present. I can't wait to read about what happens. Safe traveling.

Kate December 28, 2007 at 7:11 AM  

Such amazing news! My heart is with both of you and you're in my thoughts and prayers. Love you both!!


Anonymous December 28, 2007 at 7:38 AM  

Congratulations! We are so happy for you! We will be praying that all goes well in your travels and the meetings with the birthmom.

Glen & Sarah W

Anonymous December 28, 2007 at 8:35 AM  

Congrats!!! We are all very happy for you. It couldnt have come at a better time. What a great gift for the New Year. Im sorry we could not get together while you were in Tucson. Maybe next time.

Beth December 28, 2007 at 8:45 PM  

YEAH!! I just knew you would get a special Christmas gift!!! :) I am so happy. I am praying that all meetings go well and the snow lightens up! Safe travels! Beth

emily December 29, 2007 at 2:32 PM  

Lori - how awesome!!! I just got on your site and wasn't expecting it - and then I was like "oh my gosh!!" I will definitely keep you guys in my prayers. You must be so excited!!
Love ya,

emily December 29, 2007 at 2:32 PM  

Lori - how awesome!!! I just got on your site and wasn't expecting it - and then I was like "oh my gosh!!" I will definitely keep you guys in my prayers. You must be so excited!!
Love ya,

Anonymous December 29, 2007 at 5:27 PM  

Hi Lori, Great news! I hope that all goes well. McKenna was our '19 day baby' ...19 days from that time we knew that she existed to the time she was born and home with us. I remember just sitting there and staring at her wondering how it all happened so quickly. All of my best wishes will be with you and Jeff. Warmly, Laura Matteson

Cheryl December 30, 2007 at 11:33 AM  

Yeah!! I'll be praying for each step of this process. What a wonderful gift during this season. I'll be praying for everyone on this journey. YIPPEE!!!

emily December 30, 2007 at 12:26 PM  

Hi! It's me again! I am just soo excited for you! What I was gonna say is boys are a lot of fun! I have a cousin, he is now almost 3, but he has been (and still is!) so much fun.
So, if the baby is born on January 19th, does that mean you get to take him home that day?
Praying that all goes well and smoothly!
Love, Emily
p.s. sorry my last comment posted twice

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