Another branch on our tree
Every adoptive family knows the dates.
The date the phone call comes in that maybe, perhaps, if everything goes well, there may be a child for you.
Because that’s the date you begin to love that child.
The date the call comes in that, yes, in fact, there is a child for you.
Because that’s the date you begin to believe you’ll be allowed to love that child.
The date the child actually is placed in your arms, your home, your family.
Because that’s the day you fall heads over heels in love.
And begin to fear.
Fear that something will go wrong.
Fear that it won’t happen.
Fear that the birth parents will decide that, after all, they cannot give up that child. Or that you’re not the parents they really want for that child.
Fear that you’ll do something wrong and the adoption agency will decide you’re not the parents they really want for that child.
Fear that the day will never come when you can breathe easy and know that love can be forever.
And then the date the call comes in that the court can hear your case.
When you begin to believe that maybe, just maybe, it is going to happen.
And then the date when it’s official.
And she’s ours.
When in fact dreams really do come true.
Welcome to our family, Nora Elayne, daughter of my brother’s daughter.
We have loved you since the first day we ever thought you might be ours.
We are so happy to have you!!