Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Stork Has Landed!



Two years ago today I received the call that changed my life forever. I was going to be a mommy! Twins. Finally. I had questioned not working that day, but at the last minute decided what would be worse, pacing at home or at work? I was a wreck. I was restless. I couldn't focus. We had been alerted by our agency the day before that the "Stork" had landed so I was anxiously awaiting the call. The referrals were rolling in. What I didn't know was whether there were twins in our group. (45 babies) It was January 25th, 2005 at 4:59 p.m. I was shutting my computer down when the phone finally rang. I had worried that the call would come on my way home for work. I was prepared. I had printed questions I wanted to ask and I knew that I could not do this if I were in the car. I answered the phone and the person on the other end of the line identified herself as Lacee from GWCA. I let out a sigh and barely whispered "I know". She then said "I am staring at your beautiful daughter and her twin sister". Omg. My head was reeling. Did she say twins? She was asking how many cribs do you have? I tried asking the questions I had prepared but I couldn't see due to the tears that wouldn't stop. I was overwhelmed with joy. Before we hung up I asked Lacee if she had called Jeff. She said she had however he asked that she call me first, although he did ask "how many". She tried telling him about the babies but he wouldn't hear of it. He wanted her to call me first. So characteristic of Jeff. We were on the phone all night with friends and family calling as word spread of our good fortune around the world.

The girls were 4 1/2 months in the picture above and they weighed 14 and 16 pounds! They were healthy babies. Katie is on the right and Abbey on the left. Funny how Katie was the bigger baby but is 5 pounds lighter than Abbey now.

39 comments:

Sophie's Mom said...

Wow. You gave me goosebumps! Congrats on the anniversary of 'the call!' What cuties they were then, and now! I can't believe how big they were, Sophia was 15 lbs at gotcha, 11 months old! She was a peanut. You know they were well cared for, then!

What a sweet hubby to have them call you first. He rocks!

Jewels of My Heart said...

Oh, Rony.........
My heart overflows with joy for you as you relive that miraculous day.... I know what that call meant to you... I know how you waited to see your children's beautiful faces since you were a little girl... How you carried them with you in your heart through your life.... hoping, praying, longing, waiting and finally.... you got THE Call.
I am so happy for you and your beautiful daughters. Happy referral day friend.
Dreams really do come true...

Rony said...

This was the most important day of my entire life. I still get all chocked up when I tell the story. Actually broke down in tears today reliving the memory. I hope it never forget.

cougchick said...

chills Rony, chills....

God Bless those beautiful girls!

kerri said...

Getting choked up reading this post and how J wanted you to hear the news first(what a great man you have there).
Getting that call is the most wonderful and life altering moment.
I just love the photo.

Kathryn said...

What an amazing moment that must have been!!!!!!! And twins!!!! What a blessing those two little girls are and to have such a great mom, so witty and so loving. Your a beautiful family!!!

Lisa said...

Wow! What an incredible moment in your life! I'm all choked up! To hear "I am staring at your beautiful daughter and her twin sister", you must have been so thrilled and shocked, ha! How sweet of Jeff to make sure you got all of the info first! You are a BEAUTIFUL family!!!!

Doris & Dan said...

Special memories. I can only imagine how that day was. They are just as cute as they were when they were 4 1/2 months old.

Keep smilin!

redmaryjanes said...

I love that your husband made them call and tell you first. And I love how you remember every single detail because it was a moment that changed everything.

mommy24treasures said...

I just love love love to hear people recalling their beautiful special day that changed their lives forever....thanks for sharing... I love that pic of them too, wow 5lb dif is alot at their size.

Rony said...

This is what my "mil" just e-mailed me..

i just cried my eyes out reading about that day. i will never forget it ! jeff is really something not letting the lady tell him about the girls until she told you. he is really an angel. one day when the girls come down here to stay with their nana for a week and give parents a rest, i will take them by the very spot i turned around in the middle of the road when jeff called to tell me the news. I first pulled over and cried, then headed to jill's house to look at babies on her computer. how what a joyous day !

I'm so lucky.

Beverly said...

They were cute then and cute now. Happy referral day.

Beverly

Steffie B. said...

beautiful.....our special "call day" is coming up too! ;) They are so darling!

E. said...

Holy canoly - they were little chunks. Leave it to me to take a beautiful story that made me tear up and comment on their adorable chunkiness. They were (and are) SO cute!!

Julie said...

so precious! I am sitting here in tears! I love these stories. when we were waiting the stories like this kept me going! Now nearly FOUR years later I can still remember EXCATLY where I was and what I was doing. I do not think I will ever forget. perhaps this is part of that mommy gene stuff!!??!

julie

Gail and Dan said...

Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your memories of your referral day. You truly got your "Double Happiness!"

Barbara said...

Oh, the memory of my oldest daughter's referral is one of the BEST - so emotionally overwhelming

LaLa said...

Happy Referral Day! I clearly remember Annslee's and yeah, every detail is burned into my memory and I think it always will be. Have a wonderful day remembering and hugging on those sweeties : )

Salome's Mom said...

Happy Anniversary Rony. They are so beautiful and both you and Jeff have done such an incredible job.

Jeff and Valerie said...

Oh gosh I just wiped away tears. I always love reading about the match moment. I can't even imagine twins. Wow! And how cute were they??!?! Super cute.

Marla said...

Happy referral day!! What a cute picture, they are so adorable! There's nothing in the world quite like getting "the call". :)

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Happy 2 years...
The girls are soooo cute..
You have me crying.. I LOVE It..
And hubby is the best... That is great how he told her to call you first...
Have a Great Weekend..
Can't wait for this amazing day ... I will have to get your questions..
I know I will not be able to write through all the tears..
HAPPY TEARS...
Hugs to you girly..

Sam said...

What an amazing moment in time! Thank you for sharing it with me!!!! Wish I had known you then, sweetie!!! *smooch*

Danielle said...

Thanks for sharing this amazing story. LOVE the referral photo. Beautiful girls!

You won't ever forget this day.

Lori said...

Wow Roni, what an amazing memory and moment in time! I can only imagine the overwhelming joy of hearing about not just one, but your two beautiful girls!!
Your husband is so sweet to have done that. :)
And I love what you MIL said, and how she remembers where in the road she was and what it meant to her too!
Happy remembering day! :)

crazylady said...

I remember clearly trying to reach you. It was almost as good as our referral. I am so glad we are still chugging along together.
You know I had no doubt the stars pointed to you. I had to keep convincing you. And this is why. The life you have provided for the last two years, pales in comparison to the great one I expected you would have provided for them.
It's amazing to share the jump with you. Without a 'chute' as you say.
Happy Happy Belated Family Day. I have been, well, bound and gagged for a few days.
Sen

Lisa M. said...

It is amazing how these moments will be forever etched in your brain. I remember ours well, the excitement, the euphoria, the emotion, the nervous nauseousness and hearing the words "two" and "boys" made me gasp in terror. I never pictured my self with boys let alone two of them. Now I cannot picture my life any different without boys. Having a little bit of pink in my house is going to be a total trip (a trip I can't wait to take!).

Wow, two years! Congrats on a family day worth celebrating year round.

Mr.Brian said...

Yet an other story that touches my heart.
Who would ever think a phone call could bring such happiness.
Thay were as cute then as they are now.

maia said...

What a great story...I can feel the excitement!Thanks for sharing that!

Cindy from central NC said...

awesome, rony, awesome....still gives me chills whenever i hear it...

miss you....will try and call tomorrow (sunday)...got back from london, promptly got sick with sick Ed and sick girls but we're all finally better now...

lovelove,
cin

K1 said...

Happy Belated Referral Anniversay Day.

You are very blessed to have such a considerate, generous husband and such a supportive MIL.

Not to mention two adorable daughters!

Truly Blessed said...

What a wonderful post. I remember every detail of our referral call also. It's imprinted on my heart.

Congratulations on 2 years with your 2 gorgeous (then and now) daughters!

sheryl said...

Rony,

Thank you for sharing such one of the most incredible moments of your life. This post made me teary and I love what your MIL posted too.

GWEN OATSVALL said...

isn't it just amazing how clear that moment is when you get the call ...i remember i was standing wet with towel around me ... i don't think i got dressed for hours because i was on the phone calling the world about my precious emily and then crying in the bathroom in pjs when the call came about maggie ... thanks for sharing ... they are just precious!

jennifer said...

I have tears! What a sweet story! It gives me hope!

Franceskasjourneyhome said...

Gosh Rony iti s almost midnight sunday and I am sitting at my computer crying like a baby. I remember so long ago when I got my phone call about Astrud, I don't even know what I remember because I was such an emotional wreck, I just really never thought I would ever be a mommy, and here I am waiting for another call and I just can't wait until that day is here, and your story just renews my spirit and makes me realize it will HAPPEN!!!! Thank you for sharing. Love , Kristy

MississippiZen said...

What a wonderful day that was! I remember it like it was yesterday. I am so proud that I got to share that day with you and get one of the first glimpses of your beautiful daughters. Happy Referral Day!

Noemi said...

I have tears streaming down my face. Beautiful story....

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

I cannot wait until it is my turn... still counting down the days...