There are so many significant dates in a Guatemalan adoption. You have the day you decide to adopt, the day of your homestudy, the day you are completely paper ready and on the list for a referral, the day you get your referral, the very first time you hold your child, the time you hold your child when he/she is legally yours, your Embassy day, and the day you arrive back in the United States. These are all major milestones.
Today is one of those days.
A year ago today I came back into my office after being in some meetings. I had a missed call and a voice mail from Marie at Mary Kendall. She asked me to call her. My initial thought was, "Great, there must be something wrong with my paperwork." I had just been told the day before that everything was great and that we were on the list for a referral.
I called back and was told the wonderful news that they had a little boy for us. I'll never forget that feeling when I looked at his picture for the first time. I can't say that it was love at first sight. It was more awe and amazement that this was actually working.
I was a mom - I had a son - and four days before Mother's Day.
So, Happy Referral Day!!