Two years ago today, I headed to work knowing we were about to receive a phone call that we were anticipating for over five years.
I think I must have dreamed about that day about a million times.
Even after all of those years of waiting, countless dreams, and watching so many friends experience the miracle of adoption before me,
I was not prepared for the emotions that came flooding over me when it happened that afternoon....
...and saw this beautiful face for the very first time!
It was love at first sight....and there was no doubt that this was our baby girl.
I don't think my feet hit the ground for days, I was on "Cloud 9" and my days and nights were completely consumed with internet searches to try to find any piece of information that I could about her orphanage and her past.
The 8 weeks between referral and travel seemed like forever, this little girl was part of our family....she was at the forefront of our thoughts and already held a huge place in our hearts and we felt helpless because she was so far away. We could not wait to get her in our arms and show her how much we loved her.
Well, all good things are worth the wait!!
Two years later, and not much has changed. We still wrap our arms around her every chance we get.
I look back at the referral photos and all of the pictures that were taken of her while she resided in the Chenzhou Social Welfare Institute, and although she was extremely well cared for and loved by the staff and her Nannies, I could see the vacant look in her eyes and her hurting heart.
Reagan's life began somewhere in China..... but she "came to life" when she realized the love of a family.
Chen Wen Yi, we love you with every ounce of our beings and would walk to the end of the earth and back for you.
You have blessed and enriched our lives in countless ways and we could not imagine a single day without you in it.
Happy Referral Day..... it was truly the beginning of a life changing journey.
Reagan's life and story, opened my eyes, my heart, and changed me for the better in a way that just cannot be described.
One day I hope to find the words to tell her........