I'm done now

Six years ago, minus two days, I got a call as I was getting ready to go to church.

"This is xxxx from the Emergency Shelter" she said.

My heart leapt out of my throat. We had been licensed as foster parents just 2 days earlier and had already had one call which didn't pan out because the mother was cleared to take her injured child home.

This one was a newborn, being removed from her parents due to a positive drug test. The baby is healthy and did not test positive which was a really good thing. Probably about a 6 week placement, we were told.

Of course we'll go pick her up. When? 1/2 hour? REALLY? Would it be ok if I got there in an hour or so, after church, so I can let the family know? (Think of the surprise!) Besides - I have nearly NOTHING for a baby yet. A car seat and a portacrib - that's pretty much it.

A quick trip to the attic yielded some baby sleepers and other cute baby girl clothes from DDD's early days. Most of them went straight into the washing machine, but a little pink dress with hearts in the smocking (it WAS the day after Valentine's Day, after all) was very well wrapped and went with us to the hospital.

We got a little information about the baby, dressed her up in the little pink dress for leaving the hospital. We begged for a few diapers and some formula from the obliging hospital staff, bless them. Then we bundled her up and went home.

That was 6 years ago. Many of you visited my adoption entry 3 years ago. Another eternity has passed in the blink of an eye.

Happy Birthday, sweet little 6 year old of mine.


Sarah O. said...

LK is the luckiest little girl in the world.

And it looks like you're the luckiest mom.

Beastarzmom said...

Yes. Yes, I am.
In so many ways.

Anonymous said...

I just randomly read your post. It brought tears to my eyes. She is so blessed and so are you!