Saturday, March 18, 2006

Presenting Miss Katie Starr!!

Wow..what a day it was! GWCA received the final 26 referrals on Friday at 11:30 am. Marc and I had always hoped and dreamed that we would look at our daughters face for the first time together but it wasn't meant to be that way. It seems that there have been many twists and turns on our path and this day would be no different.

Several days ago, we had informed our referral counselor that Marc had to leave by Friday at 3:00 for a large corporate event where he was entertaining. I, also was receiving an award at the same event that evening, so I had to leave soon after he did. As the clock ticked away Marc began to get more and more upset as others in our group were receiving their pictures and we still had not. We had been assured that we would have the picture before 3:00. Finally, Marc called and found out that the computer server was having problems and it may take some time to work it out. After 3 weeks and 2 false labors, this was the final straw for us!  I just sat there and cried and Marc looked absolutely despondent. Expectations were dashed again!! Marc then left and my Mom and I stayed there looking for the e-mail; willing it to come through. Finally, one of the other employees tried again and the picture came through. Marc said before he left, that if the picture came through, then to open it and bring it to him at the event.

My Mom and I sat in front of the computer and I said "Are you ready?" She said "Yes!"  I clicked and in an instant all of the pain of the last 3 weeks melted away. I felt all of the things that I had prayed I would feel when I saw my daughter's image for the first time. It was a good thing that my Mom was there; she held me while I cried with happiness. Katie Starr's face brought me such joy. I felt like she was mine immediately and I was thrilled with the light and happiness that I saw in her eyes. I then rushed to bring the picture to Marc and my son, who was at the event as well. We met in a private area to view Katie's picture and there it was again...Instant love!

Even though it was not the way we planned at all; seeing Katie for the first time was one of the most awesome moments of our lives and worth every minute of the wait.

Of course, now we cannot wait to go get our daughter!!  I am also very happy to report that Justin has told us that he wants to come and experience this with us. I cannot express the happiness that this has brought us. Our family will be together when Katie Starr joins us. As far as I am concerned, it doesn't get any better than this!!


Courtney Atnip said...

Lori, Marc & Justin,

She is just beautiful!!! So excited that you finally got to see her picture!

=) Courtney

Lanny and Heather said...

Congratulations! Katie Starr is a cutie pie!

We weren't together for our first glimpse of our daughter either. Hopefully we'll all be in China real soon!

Congratulations again,
Lanny, Heather and Libby

Dawn said...

Lori, Marc and Justin,
I cant stop the tears. Your little girl is just gorgeous.
Now.....Go get her.
Dawn Jacob and Lily

paul & judy said...

Marc, Lori & Justin,

She is absoluetly beautiful!!! Simply can't wait to meet her.

your future babysitters,

Paul, Judy & the kids

Beth said...

OH OH OH Just beautiful, SO happy for you! Following your story has been a rollercoaster but even I got teary reading your post!

Monica said...

Lori, Marc & Justin,

When you reach for a star she will fall into your lives, however it is meant to be...Katie Starr is beautiful & she's smiling!


Stacey Teague said...

Oh finally!! I cried as soon as I read the title to your post!! She is absolutely adorable!!! Wow, what a beautiful little girl!!

Lisa~~ said...

She is beautiful, congratulations. I can't even imagine the pain of the wait, but boy, she was worth it, adorable!

Kristin said...

Congratulations... she is absolutely lovely!

Melissa said...

The tears are flowing!She is beautiful and I can only imagine the joy this picture is nringing your family!!

M3 (Mary-Mia) said...

Finally we get to see your beautiful daughter!!!!! Ok, I'm crying like big baby but I am just so happy for you guys! Congratulations to the whole family! Sending much love and feeling so relieved. Dang, I think this calls for Poptarts and champagne for breakfast!

Jody said...

Yeah! It's so nice to finally see your Katie. Enjoy your trip! It's the adventure of a lifetime!

Jody, Dave and Katie Z. (from Wuwei too!)

Kimmy said...

Oh, what a cutie! We've all held our breath for so long with you!



Eliza2006 said...

I too have been holding my breathe for you! She is beautiful...crying tears of joy for you and your family!


Julie said...

Your message brought me to tears. Just helps to know it is sooooo worth the wait!!

LID 8/15

Kim said...

Marc, Lori, and Justin,

Congratulations!! She is so cute!!
Now, let the fun begin!! :)

Rob, Kim, Madison, Ashley, and Brock

rubyiscoming said...

What a beautiful baby and a beautiful have me in tears! Congratulations to the whole family - I feel the love up here in Fernandina Beach, Fla :)