The call was a surprise because we were told to expect a referral much closer to Christmas. The call came on Tuesday, a day after Randy’s proposal hearing and a day before Joleen’s hearing, which was a tremendous interruption to our work, but a welcome one! 🙂
Our adoption agency attempted to overnight the package (including six photos) to Randy’s parent’s house (in Tennessee) where we were headed on Wednesday afternoon. But due to some glitch at the U.S. Post Office in Harrisburg, PA, no overnight packages left Harrisburg that afternoon. We had to wait (and wait!) for the package until it finally arrived on mid-day Friday. After receiving the package/photos, we made a quick trip to the local Panera Bread to open the package and “meet” our child. It was a special time!
Our child (we’ll call him “Baby Willis” till we settle on a new name) was born on June 8, 2007 weighing about 7.5 pounds. The photo seen here was taken on September 14, 2007, at which time he weighed about 15.4 pounds (just over 3 months old).
A foster family is caring for Baby Willis, whom the social worker describes as a “charming baby with bright smiles”; however, she lamented, “we couldn’t take a photo of him laughing.” The foster mother notes that he “sleeps a deep sleep in the nighttime” (but being in a time zone 13 hours different from ours may make things interesting when we bring him home!).
We will begin the paperwork immediately. We expect to make the trip to Korea to pick up Baby Willis as early as January or February 2008.