It's so hard to believe - but 12 months ago today I thought it would be another day of waiting...another day of feeling hopeless. Never, in our 15 month wait had there been a month where there were no referrals - and that's exactly what happened in October last year. There were rumours that referrals were going to go on hold for some time. It was awful and I will NEVER forget the feeling.
But it did happen. At exactly 7pm Melbourne time (4pm China time) the CCAA website changed - and so did our lives. We had been in Albury/Wodonga all day and I didn't get any calls from anyone, so I assumed the worst. Little did I know (as soon as I walked in the door I checked the CCAA website of course!) - it had happened and we were included. That was a Thursday. I have no idea what happened between then and "the call" that happened on Monday mid morning. We had a 14 month old daughter waiting for us in China. Then it was Cup Day on Tuesday - so we had to wait until Wednesday night to see the picture of the child that I had imagined/dreamed about/believed for....for so, so many years.
Ebony has now been home with us for 10.5 months and she is totally - without question - the light of our lives. She fills our days (and nights at times!) with fun, joy, happiness and love.
Hang in there all those of you waiting. I don't know which dates before Ebony were the most important...but I will NEVER, EVER forget this date I can assure you!
DD Ebony Grace Huaxing (26.5 months old)
Forever Day 25th December, 2006