Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

I just wanted to wish all the mothers who do so much and love unconditionally a very, Happy Mother's Day. Especially to my mother, Elena, for all that you've done for me, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Today is a very special day for me as it is my first Mother's Day with Gabriel at home. Last year at this time, Greg and I were celebrating having just received his referral - but he wasn't officially part of our family yet. But this year, I woke up and on my 30th 2nd Sunday of the month of May, I was able to be part of this incredibly group of ladies.

Thank you, Gabriel for making me a mommy.

Friday, May 9, 2008

One Year Ago Today Our Lives Changed Forever

We received our referral for our sweet little boy a year ago today and our lives has been forever changed. We cannot imagine our lives without Gabriel. Here is my blog entry from May 9th, 2007.


I can say without a doubt that this was one of the *HAPPIEST* days of my life - EVER. I put it up there with my wedding, graduating from college, etc. It was a biggie!

Wednesday, May 9th began like any other day. We were waiting to hear if my Colombian birth certificate was going to be accepted by Guatemala or not. Evidently the person who signed the document wasn't the same person that had their name typed under the line, so....we were basically looking at another 2 months of waiting to get a new birth certificate when my office phone rang at 4:30pm. Normally, I'm packing up my stuff to go by 4:29pm, but Wednesdays we normally go to church for dinner at 5pm, so I was waiting around. We were in the process of hiring a new admin at work so when the phone rang, I honestly thought it was one of the candidates calling me back to schedule an interview. Instead it was my case manager, T, who said it's T calling and I swear it took me like three seconds for it to click as to who was even calling.

She said she had good news! When she told me my birth certificate had been accepted, I started to cry. I couldn't believe it! Our prayers had worked! I was so overjoyed!!!! My case manager then said, wow, if you are THAT happy about this, wait until I tell you about HIM! At that point, I started screaming "we're having a boy??????" She went on to tell me ALL about him, etc and that she would be sending pictures of him. But that "he was as cute as all get out".

At this point, I ran to my boss' office and told him I would be right back. I grabbed my cell and keys and raced to Greg's office. His staff tried to make small talk with me and I basically blew them off as I ran down the hallway and exclaimed to him "we are having a boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I then proceeded to cry like a little baby!! Typical Maria fashion! I checked my email from Greg's office and there were his pictures. We were IN LOVE immediately! We then called our parents and went to church for dinner. The rest of the day we were in a major daze as you can well imagine.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

More Birthday Pictures

Happy 1st Birthday, Gabriel!

This past Monday we celebrated Gabriel's 1st birthday! He is truly the light of our lives and we are incredibly blessed beyond words.