Coralie in the outfit she was wearing when we met.
It's been two years and it still brings tears to my eyes that Coralie is ours. I know I've shared these thoughts before, but not sure if I've shared them here. We first saw Coralie on ASIA's website in December, 2009. I immediately emailed about "Wednesday" (Coralie) and another little girl on the list. Both were already being reviewed, but we were 2nd in line for both. About a week later, we learned that both families were proceeding with the adoptions of the girls. I was pretty heartbroken because...get this...I was SURE the other little girl was meant to be ours. It shames me to tell you that I told Marci (ASIA's AWESOME Waiting Child Coordinator) to please let me know if the other little girl became available again by some chance. I didn't even mention Wednesday. About 2 weeks later I got an email that Wednesday was again available and did we want to review her file. I knew the answer was yes. It seemed that her special need was a bit more involved than originally thought and was not very common. We were sent her file the week of Christmas 2009. We had one week to make the decision on whether we wanted to pursue her or not. The day came that we had to tell Marci 'yes' or 'no'. We woke up still not knowing which way to go. Finally-as it typically happens-Jeff said, 'let's do it'. From that second on, she was 100% our girl, but until that moment it could have easily gone either way. From time to time, I think about that. How easily it could have been 'no'. Never once have had that thought without tears because I couldn't bear life without her. She's an amazing treasure and I am the most blessed mama in the world to be able to call her mine.
Very blessed wife (of 23 years) to Jeff and stay at home mom to Cameron 23, Brandon 21, Ryan 17, Allie 9, AnnaClaire 7, Brady 7, Coralie 4 and Emmeline 3. I am a child of God and I am raising my kids RIGHT;)