Something exceptionally surprising happened today… A woman private messaged me on the adoption forum to let me know that when she and her husband recently traveled to Ethiopia to pick up their newly adopted son, they met a 2.5 year old girl, and she thought it was my daughter.
So I emailed her Rose’s picture (after reading some of her posts on the adoption forum and making sure she was really who she said she was) and she emailed me back two additional pictures of Rose and the following description:
"She’s so adorable and happy! She completely stole both of our hearts with her smiles and playfulness! Every time we were there, about 3 times, she was so happy and playing. The picture of her laughing at lunch was hilarious! Everyone was cracking up because of how contagious her laugh is! I hope you get a travel date soon! Just know that she is happy and doing so great…even though she still needs her mommy and daddy!"
I can’t tell you how much this totally made my day. This sort of stuff is kind of frowned-upon by our agency, due to confidentiality issues and what-have-you, but it means so much to hear that she is happy, and I CAN’T WAIT to hear her laugh. Dillon has this contagious belly laugh that I swear, strangers in the supermarket start laughing when they see this kid. Speaking of which, he is so excited about being a big brother that he’s taken to telling any family we meet (and I use that term very loosely) that he’s going to be a big brother soon and we’re adopting his sister from Ethiopia. I’m talking the people getting into the next car in a parking lot, the staff at Kinko’s, everyone at his dance camp and t-ball team: basically everyone he runs into these days.
I’m looking forward to getting these champion laughers together for some fun. Hilarity will ensue.