Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hearts Healed in a Parking Deck

okay - so heres how it all went down. Laura wrote up a great description of how the referral came in - thanks Laura - ya made me cry in a doctor's office!

I must preface this with letting you know that for the last 4 weeks I have kept my cell phone right by my keyboard at work, just in case the call came... [laura]

It was Thursday afternoon and I was trying to get some work done before I had to run Tymm over to Hertz to pick up his rental car. It was 2:35, exactly, and for some reason, my phone was in my purse. I heard it ringing. I grabbed it out of my purse, looked at it and saw the infamous "817" that so many other families have written about. I quickly answered and started to walk away from my desk which is in the center of a massive cube farm.

Me: "Hello?

Natalie: "Laura?"

Me: "Yes?"

Natalie: "This is Natalie from Gladney."

Me: (trying to be so cool and collected) "Oh, hey, Natalie. How are you?"
I mean, she and I had been emailing about our formula shipment to Ethiopia, so she could have easily been calling about that, right?
Natalie: "I am good. I have a referral for you."
Tears stinging my eyes right now, just reliving that moment...

I was standing in front of the windows that overlook I-75 in Midtown. I braced my hand on the shelves in front of me, feeling like I was going to fall... I bent over out of shear shock and joy, tears filling my eyes.
Me: "Oh, my gosh. Really? Oh, my gosh. Oh, okay. Um…Um…This is the best news ever."
I am sure Natalie is used to moments like this, and I am envious of her job.
Natalie: "Can you and Tymm get together?"

Me: "Yes, he only works a mile away. He can be here in 15 minutes."

Natalie: "Okay, great! I will give you my direct number so you can call me when you are in front of a computer."

Me: "Um, can you tell me how old she is? I am shaking."

Natalie: "Let me see…she is 21 months."

Me: "Wow…thank you. Thank you. 21 months. Wow. Okay, what is your number?"

Natalie: "817-xxx-xxxx. Call me when you are ready."
I then went in a daze over to my desk and called Tymm with shaking fingers.

Tymm: "Hello?"

Me: "Hey."

Tymm: "Hey. What’s up?"

Me: "Can you come over here now?"

Tymm: "What’s wrong? You okay?"

Me: "Yes…"
lonnngggg pause and tears
Tymm: "What is it?"

Me: "We have a baby!"
More tears while I type this.
Tymm: "What? Seriously? Okay, I am coming over."
I then went downstairs, walking through the parking deck to wait for Tymm. He was there, a few minutes later. We were walking toward each other. Big goofy Cheshire cat grins on our faces... big hugs and tears together.

The beauty of this parking deck is that 2.5 years ago, in the very same parking deck, Tymm had to call me with the devastating news that Brighton had passed away. I was in the parking deck when he called.

Our God is such a beautiful God of details that he allowed a bit of our hearts to be healed in that very same parking deck where it was torn apart 2 years prior. It is no coincidence. It was a moment of turning ashes into beauty...

We then ran inside to a quiet computer lab, called Natalie and she emailed us tons of pictures of one of the most beautiful little girls we had ever seen. It was instant love. INSTANTLY.

We went over medical files, family history, and other details for the next 45 minutes.

Our girl has an incredible story of sacrifice, heartache, God's redemption and love. Her story. Every orphan has a story. We are incredibly honored to be a part of hers.

Thank you, God – again, for giving us this precious gift. We do not deserve to raise these children, but will do our best to Glorify Him in all we do.

Our prayer is that more people will accept this gift of adoption... this gift that can only come from the Lord.


Elissa Walker said...

Hh how the tears flow! Thank you God for healing in the strangest but must beautiful ways. I look forward to meeting her soon!!!

He is good...


The Mrs. said...

Precious! God is so good isn't He?! Tears in my eyes imagining your joy! And your little one is the same age as our little guy who we will hopefully be meeting in a few weeks time. Thrilled for your family!

Maria in Sweden said...

Great story! It brought tears to my eyes, of course. Those words that will change your life forever, the happiness and at the same time a small chock. At least that how I felt, you know they will call you and still you are totally of guard. :) I hope you get to travel soon, to meet your daughter. CONGRATULATIONS, especially to the big sistrt!!!

Ps. Thanks for sharing it was a great way to start the day.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Love reading your blog. Can't wait to see pics of sweet baby girl!

Susie Sanders
(live close to the Gladney...smile!)

Unknown said...


Beneath the Acacia Tree

Teabo Chica said...

ahhh, I remember those days so well :)! The nervous energy and grins! Pure joy! Congrats you two! I look forward to meeting the both of you in person and having a play date with our Ethiopian girls. We get there in November. Let's plan a Chickfila date with Ruby and Meron!

Thurieyyah said...

I am so blessed to be party of this new journey - CONGRATULATIONS guys and Meron Im with you! COME HOME SOON LH3!

the Omans said...

"May our hearts be open to all the children of the generations of man, that the circle of love and peace may grow forevermore."
K. Middaugh

Congratulations! We are so happy for your family!!

La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life said...

It is so good to see your stories beginning to merge. God truly does bring beauty from ashes.

So happy for you, and joining you in the hope that more people will accept the call.

Can't WAIT to get together to celebrate!!!

Tim said...

WE ARE REJOICING, HOOTIN' & HOLLERIN' with you . . . .lot's of questions now. Travel this year?? Huge blessing and renewal of God's presence . . . .

Jennifer Arkins said...

Oh my goodness!!!! Tears are flowing. Congratulations, and what an amazing story of where and when it all took place. Can't wait for you to pass court so we can see pictures. We are patiently (or not so much) waiting behind you!!! Can't wait to be writing my own "call" story, until then I'll enjoy yours!!!

emariestar said...

I've been following your blog for a while and don't think I've ever commented. I truly love your hearts for God and for orphans - you guys are totally provoking! Meron is beautiful inside and out, and I can't wait to see this new daughter who God has for you!

My hubby and I are in the process to adopt from Ethiopia. This will be our first child(ren?), and we could not be more excited!!!


-IAN Adoptive Momma
#22 infant girl
#9 infant boy
#5 siblings

Beth Bailey said...

Congratulations- you give me chills! So happy for you all!


Carol Cornelius said...

I am Anna's mom (from annaandruss.blogspot.com) and we are waiting on the referral of my 1st grandchild. My waiting anxiety is nothing compared to my daughter and son-in-law's, but we are all very emotionally raw right now with anticipation. Your post was exactly what I needed this morning! I cried as I read your recount of your referral. I don't know why I am still amazed by God's greatness! I am so happy for you!

Angela said...

Your family has such a beautiful story. Thank you for reminding us that God is in the details, hurt, tears... We love LH3 already and can't wait for her to come home!

Rebecca said...

I'M in tears as I read your story! God is so good - all the time, really - but the way He provides such special grace amazes and humbles me. I love that it's so clear to you how He has redeemed your story. Thanks for sharing your lives with those of us in blogland. You have such a great testimony and love watching the story unfold!

Rebecca Daniels

Tamara said...

Every orphan does have a story :) and you and Tymm are such amazing portraits of God in how He adopts us and gives us His name, even though we don't deserve it. I cant wait to meet her! Standing in prayer with you! What a gift!

Janie said...

OK so I just got over crying every day reading Mark & Rebecca's blog, now I am starting all over again with yours! Congratulations on your referral, and may your heart overflow with love and happiness! So wonderful is God's lovve :-)

Unknown said...

WOW! I'm glad I'm reading this in my office alone. Totally ready to cry!!! Congrats guys- I am so happy for your family.

Rachel said...

OMG, thats awsome! Can't wait to see this little girl.

Us4 Cats said...

goosebumps galore!
congratulations on your daughter!

Diana said...

This is just a beautiful post. I can not wait to see the 4 of you together. I know it has to go through the courts (?) but do you have a idea of when you think you will have her. I am praying it is fast.

Donna said...

What a great gift you have been given. I can't wait to see her pictures. Thanks for making me get all weepy right before bed time :)

Anonymous said...

Just WOW!!! and AMAZING WOW!

Stacie said...

Sorry-didn't mean to be anonymous...LOL- and again... WOW!!!

M and M Nichols said...

OH.MY.HEAVENS!! Over the moon for your family!

Shari U said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to see her picture.

Pamela said...

I was directed to your blog through Rebecca's(Radicchi) blog :) and had tears in my eyes reading about your referral day. I have "known" (through blogs, emails, shared agency, shared yahoo group, shared LID) Rebecca now for 4 years even though we've never met.... I recall reading about your story when you lost your son and was so moved by that and to hear how God turned this into such a beautiful redeeming story just touched my heart. It's just like Him to do that.. :) I think the foundation that was created through your loss is another amazing way God brings beauty out of ashes.... I just went through your Toys R Us registry and ordered some formula and have decided to pass this info along to my MOPS group here in my town. Praying that this year is an even bigger year of babies being nurtured through your foundation. Blessings to your growing family!

Robbins' Nest said...

COngratulations Camp Hoffman! So excited for you, God is good, so very good. Bless your sweet family!

Sara said...

So, I'm behind and late in the game in congratulation you guys ...but THIS IS AWESOME. I think I could read referral stories and watch you tube videos on adoption all day long. But this one, especially given the note of the Lord's redemption in it, is so full of His sweetness.


Tracy said...

Oh, praise the LORD!

I'm no exception...tears over here, too!

rainboworm said...

awwwwwww, what a great parking deck storyyyy... I am soo happy for you and your family! God is so good, hoping to hear from you soon... more blogs please :)