Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Call Of A Lifetime...One Year Later

It was Friday, June 13th. I was home waiting for Trish to return from work. It had been a long week, we were very down and depressed and the day before Trish almost had a nervous breakdown with the looming 9/1 deadline. Her post from 6/12/08 said this,
"Today I wake up as I do every morning wondering if today will be the day. I wake up every morning at 2:15 a.m, 3:33 a.m (make a wish) and lay there for another 30 mins. wondering what will happen today. I know I'll spend an hour and a half getting ready for work, and thoughts will flow through my head. Thoughts about will today be the day, will I have a good day and what can I do to make it the best day. I get into my car drive to work and most days I'm happy to be alive and blessed to have a great job and I know that I will not think about this turmoil if I just keep busy. However, today is a different day. My heart hurts, a hurt like I have never felt before. I feel the pain in my throat. Most days I just go through the motions, day after day after day. On my way home every single night I am very angry and I don't understand WHY NO ONE CALLED TODAY! WHY WHY WHY? What have I done? Why have we been dealt card after card after card. Five years of marriage we have done nothing but fight through life. Why can one person have everything perfect, but others have to climb a huge mountain every single minute. It's not fair. As I try to not "lose the faith" it's very hard to keep that positive attitude. Today I am sad and for once I want the world to know that we are human and we feel pain and today I AM VERY SAD."
And then the next day, it happened. At 4:43pm on 6/13/08, Judy called and asked where Tricia was. I said at work, She said, "well I been trying to reach her, so I wanted to let you know that, we have a little girl for you!". I was numb, excited, anxious, everything all at once. It was like when we drove up on the CWC in Binh Duong and saw her sitting on that bench. I wanted to call Tricia and tell her, but decided to wait until she got home. I just kept looking at the pictures, saying, its you....you are OUR daughter! It took no time at all to fall in love with her. Tricia got home I said, hey come on in here, took her to my man cave, turned on the monitor and up popped Sophie's picture. I said, "What do you think?" Tricia said, "she is so cute!" I said, "That's our daghter" then the tears came. Wow...What a beautiful day. We love you Sophie! Happy Match Day!!! You are our little girl an we just are head over heals about you and the joy you have brought us!

Then.....


Now.....

12 comments:

Libby said...

Happy Match Day Guys! Can't believe that a whole year has gone by! My My My how she's changed since that first precious picture came over! It was an awesome day!!! Love you!

Jackie, Rich, and Mya Grace said...

Yesterday was our match day. It was such a crazy feeling right? Remembering last year and all the stress and anxiety....and now look at us???? Man, what a blessed year it has been! Thank you Lord for Mya and Sophie!

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic day that was. We remember that phone call when Tricia and Hank called and said WE HAVE A GIRL. I remember looking at the pictures and thinking how beautiful she was. A year later and we are enjoying Sophie so much. We love her so much! and she was defintely worth the wait. Happy Match Day!

Love you
MeMa and Granddad

Anonymous said...

Happy match Day Hank and Tricia! I will never forget the call--I cried too! The love that little girl has from our family is simply unsurpassed. Sophie, we love you and are so happy you are part of our clan!!! This day will always be very special--dreams DO come true if you KEEP BELIEVING and NEVER GIVE UP!

Aunt Diehnee and Uncle Chris

Anonymous said...

I won't believe it either!! I remember just the day before talking with Aunt Wanda and Uncle Larry about how we just wished that it would happen soon! And then we got the call! I remember Aunt Wanda saying over and over "We got a Girl!" I felt so lucky to be there during that moment! I love you cousin! Happy Match Day!--love Nikki

Anonymous said...

don't* it's a good thing I don't teach typing! -- Nikki

mommabelz said...

Dear Sophie,
You made June 13th the best day ever. I love you. Mommy.

Thomas and Cathy said...

I remember reading that very post and Cathy and I feeling sad along with you. Then I remember the next day and your wonderful news! What an adventure it has been! We are all blessed more than we deserve with these wonderful girls! We love reading your updates! On another note, Cathy and I are going to hound you guys for the next year to go to the Dillon Vietnam Heritage weekend in Tulsa next year! We just got back today and it was a wonderful experience! Emma had a blast. There were 70 children adopted from Vietnam there. We know you guys would love it!

Alex and Riann said...

So incredible... What a reminder these anniversaries are of God's grace to us! May we never forget His blessings when we look at our beautiful daughters. Celebrating with you and continuing to follow your journey, Riann Schell

J and J said...

What a great day to remember! I also remember reading the post and praying for you.

Sophie is such a cutie!

Anonymous said...

It WAS a wonderful day that day... I remeber your mom calling me to tell me and the tears of joy that was shed for you...and then Aunt Tammy called me and we cried together...so happy for you...you know that when u cry out and share your sorrow and pain...that amazing things happen...Love you all Sue

Stevens Family said...

Awe, tears, tears, tears :) She is just so darn cute!! What a special day :) Thanks for retelling your story of match day.