Monday, August 24, 2009

Two Years Ago Today

For some...it was a pregnancy test.
For some...it was an ultrasound.
For some...it was when they placed the baby on your chest.
For some...it was through a nursery window.
For us...it was a phone call and an email.

Exactly two years ago today Tony and I received the best call in the world. We were told we were the parents of twin girls from China! And just a few short minutes later, we received the email that held valuable medical information, but more importantly, the first glimpses of our daughters.

It was a day ordained by God, for sure. Only He could have orchestrated the events of the day. Everything fell into place from Lauren (co-teacher) covering my class while I gushed and made calls, to Tony feeling under-the-weather enough to have scheduled a doctor's appointment. He was able to bring their file right to the doctor that day and get his blessing!

Telling family and friends (even if we jumped the gun a bit) was so much fun. The tears, the joy, the emotions were so strong that day. God not only blessed us with one, but two gorgeous children. He gave us two of His own to look after. Oh, the JOY!

Today's scripture on the blog to the left is SO fitting! "How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you." 2 Samuel 7:22 GOD IS GOOD!

Can you recall how/when you found out we were expecting twins? What was your first reaction? Thoughts? Prayers? Hopes? Leave a comment for the girls. What a treasured memory!

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Sweet Abby and Laney,

It was two years ago that we got the call that would change our lives forever. We had anticipated one beautiful soul to care for, but when God gave us two, we were DOUBLY blessed! We were excited to meet you, learn your personalities, and become Mama and Baba to you.


When we saw your precious faces for the first time, we were amazed. We looked into your little eyes and knew you were supposed to be our daughters. Over the next couple of months, we memorized every detail of your faces. Every expression. And tried to guess the thoughts running through your minds. We wanted to put smiles on those sad faces. We wanted to see joy creep into your eyes. Our arms literally ached to hold you. Abby, we longed to pick you up, as you were reaching up in one of your pictures. We wanted to hold you close so you would feel loved. And, Laney, we looked into your eyes, those eyes that could see straight into our souls. We knew you were a little more wary and we longed to prove to you that we were safe and could be trusted. We prayed our love for you was strong enough that it could bridge the oceans and you would feel it.




We could have never dreamed up a better life, girls. You were created for our family, and I hope you feel we were designed for you. We have loved every second of our lives with you, and we're looking forward to experiencing the future together.

We love you up to the starts and back again.

Love,

Mama and Baba


This was the updated picture we received right before we traveled to unite as a family. Our hearts broke. We wanted to scoop you up and love on you!

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7 comments:

Chris and Sarah said...

Oh girls,
I remember that day soooo much. Your momma called me crying telling me that God has blessed them with not just one beautiful daughter but two. She kept telling me how beautiful you were and she couldn't quit crying.

Finally that night at church I got to see your pictures and see just what your mom meant and oh she was so right. What blew me away even more is when your mommy told me your birthday and it was the very same day as the little boy (Jaxson of course) we had been praying about was born.

I know it has taken me almost 2 years to tell you girls apart but you are so very precious and I'm so glad God chose for you to grow up so close to us.

Lori said...

Oh my goodness...what a glorious day that must have been!! I know the complete joy that comes from an ultrasound AND a phone call. They are equally MIRACULOUS in every way!! And I can only imagine what getting the news about twins would be like...seriously, insanely giddy?? It makes my heart leap just thinking about it!

What a blessing your girls are...God certainly looked on you with exceptional favor when He chose you as their forever family!!

All glory to Him!!

IzzyBeth said...

I don't remember when I first heard about it, but I remember the night that I sat down and read the entire adoption journey online and cried and cried and cried . . . and cried some more. It is amazing when God creates a family through adoption - and we are ALL so very blessed.

Abby and Laney - you are blessings to your Mama and Baba and they are huge blessings to you. Never doubt how very much you are loved or that you are being prayed for by people all over the world.

Beth

Anonymous said...

Yes I will never forget that day, it still makes me cry today. God Thank You, for giving us these two precious girls. It's been a joy and a great blessing to have you!!
Mimi and Papa love you soooooo very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

DEAR SWEET ABBY AND LANEY,TO SAY YOUR MOMMA AND BABA WERE HAPPY ABOUT TWINS WOULD BE THE FIRST GREATEST JOY AND THEN CAME THE REST OF YOUR MOMMA"S FAMILY, AND TO THEM IT WAS LIKE CHRISTMAS MORNING AND SANTA HAD BROUGHT ALL OF THE THINGS WE EVER WANTED.TWO LITTLE GIRLS WITH BIG BROWN EYES AND VERY BLACK HAIR WITH OH SO SAD FACES.WHEN WE HELD YOU IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT AND FROM THEN ON OUR LOVE WAS SO STRONG WE KNEW GOD HAD GIVEN US THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL.TWO LIL ONES WHO STOLE OUR HEARTS AND PUT STARS IN OUR EYES. AS WE SAY EVERYTIME YOU LEAVE OUR HOUSE, WE LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK AND AS HIGH AS THE SKY AND AS DEEP AS THE OCEAN. MAY THERE ALWAYS BE BUTTERFLY KISSES AND MOONBEAM HUGS FLUTTERING AROUND YOU TWO LIL ONES. LOVE YOU BOTH ALWAYS AND FOREVER, GIGI AND PAPAW SADLER. P.S. JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU TWO THAT GOD ALSO PICKED A VERY SPECIAL MOMMA AND BABA FOR YOU (ABBY AND LANEY)TO LOVE AND CALL YOUR VERY OWN.

Adeye said...

Oh wow--I have chills. What a glorious day---ordained by the Father before the foundation of the earth. How incredible. It leaves me speechless, really.
What a blessed life you are living, dear friend. I absolutely cannot wait to see what God has in store for your future. It is so exciting...so amazing.
Congrats on your special day. How wonderful to see how your treasures have grown and matured. Thank you for sharing your sweet memories.

Aunt Robin said...

Everytime I see those pictures, it brings tears to my eyes. To see the amazing difference, is beyond words. We all have been so blessed to have them in our hearts. They just make me smile, whether I am around them or if I think of something they said or did. Life is funny and God makes it good! Love You Bunches!