One sunny Monday morning in 2010, we met our 3 beautiful daughters for the first time! Over night we’d gone from being just a couple to becoming a fully fledged family of 5! It was the most exciting and terrifying day of our lives, it was the beginning of our family!
It was 5 months prior to that day on the 5th February 2010 that we’d spotted our girls in an adoption publication and contacted their social worker by email for the 1st time, its was a long 4 days before she replied asking to know more about us. We exchanged many emails and telephone conversations over the coming weeks until they decided they liked us and wanted to meet us on the 30th March 2010. During that visit we were gutted to learn that they were also considering another couple as a prospective family for the girls, there was competition, we had to impress them!
We did! on the 19th April we got THE phone call to say we’d been chosen! I remember it well, we hadn’t expected to hear anything for another week but unbeknown to us they’d brought the meeting forward. I was hoovering as the phone rang, when i heard the voice of our social worker on the other end of the line my heart began to race, i have no idea what she actually said, i just grasped that we’d been chosen, i burst in to tears and said i needed to call my husband who was just as emotional and rushed home from work to celebrate/panic/cry etc etc with me!
There was so much to do, so much to prepare, so much pink to buy!
After reading many reports, buying lots of pink and painting we arranged a time to travel to the girls home town and meet with their teachers and carers on the 19th May 2010.
We travelled down on the 18th May 2010 and had a very restless night. The following morning we met with our social worker and the girls social worker and family finder. The day had been planned and we had a strict timetable to follow with lots of important people to meet, it was exhausting but just lovely to hear all about the girls and what they were like. We were also given some photo’s of them to take away and a DVD that we could share with our family’s. Needless to say it was played over and over!
On the 21st June 2010 we were officially matched with our girls, we were over joyed!