The day we received our referral, Kimberley took a picture of me as I opened the envelope with Sophia Mingci's photo. With LAX traffic and planes in the background, I first laid my eyes on our beautiful girl.
When I was growing up, we had a tradition in our family. Every birthday, anniversary or important event, my step dad, Jack, would write a poem to mark the occassion.
Not long after we got married, Colin took to the custom and started writing poems for our family. After he returned home from Denver(he was in training for United), he presented me with a poem to celebrate last week's happy news.
Here it goes:
The Referral Picture is in!!!!!
March 27th, 2006
A Cry “It’s here, It’s here” heard from L.A. to San Carlos
The referral picture finally came.
What a relief for one day longer
It definitely would have drove us insane.
Now empty storage and a drive from Phoenix done
In a Budget truck most anyone would hate.
It was time to hop a plane to L.A.
To meet Kimberly, there was no time to wait.
As I was flying the sims and studying too hard
In Denver, requaling for United.
Kat called with the description and picture in hand
I was a DAD and the cigars were lighted.
It was when the picture was first seen and the tears shed
When the red thread found you and me.
An adorable 8 month little baby girl
For now, going by the name Mingci.
Excited, Joyous, Crying, and Smiling
The pictures were all too perfect.
Her frowning, concentrating with one eyebrow raised
Her seeming to know what to expect.
As we anchored the red thread to us both
We sealed her destiny you see.
Cause we will never let go now that we have it
Its forever connected us three.
We were grateful to have our family and friends
To be, as excited as we were.
For Sophia will meet all of these great people one day
As they hug, hold, kiss, and love her.
So thank you to all who made this possible
Especially her brave parents we’ll never know.
Just be assured we will love Sophia Mingci
The red thread we will NEVER let go!
To my beautiful wife for all her hard work during the adoption process.