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Tidings of Wonder and Joy [Dec. 8th, 2003|11:28 pm]
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When they called and said to us, "Go to Starbucks and hang out, and we'll call you in a little bit to come over. Whatever you do, don't go home." Ferrett and I glanced at each other with hope we dared not speak. We had just finished seeing Bubba Ho-Tep with some other friends, but Kat and Eric had cancelled out at the last, requesting that we call them after the movie since we were on their side of town anyway. Now, they weren't at home, and they were making calls from phone numbers we didn't recognize. There was tension in their voices, but not sadness.

And the hope we had for them we both choked on, didn't dare speak, that fear of hoping ourselves.

Starbucks kicked us out at 10, and just as Ferrett was trying to call them, Kat called me. They'd be home in about 15 minutes, could we meet them there? Sure, what was--

Gotta go, bye.

We waited outside their door, almost vibrating with the tension, until they drove up.

And we met Carolyn Maxwell Meyer, their adopted daughter, four days old and sleeping peacefully.

Kat and Eric at last are parents.

This has been a long, tortuous journey for two of the people most deserving a house filled with children's laughter. Agonizing years, hopes raised and dashed, grief so deep that at times they were two islands of it, unable to comfort each other. They have walked through fire for this moment, and the reward has been long in coming. The house filled with well-wishers and call after call was made as this perfect pink bundle slept peacefully, passed between half a dozen surrogate aunties.

But for the first time in her life, Kat had Momma priority, and claimed back her baby. Her own baby, hers and Eric's. Well-wishers drifted away in the lateness of the evening, but Carolyn will stay, in the quiet of the night. Slowly they will begin to believe that it isn't just a wonderful dream, and that they are really parents at last.

Sleep well, my dears. Blessings in your happy family.

From: ex_nyxluna594
2003-12-08 09:06 pm (UTC)
That is beautiful...sending them many good wishes~
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2003-12-08 09:28 pm (UTC)
Adoptive. See my journal for more details, or check out Eric's site for the full scoop.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-09 03:54 am (UTC)
Sorry, thought it was clear enough. Have edited for clarity.

Much happy for the Meyers!
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[User Picture]From: tygher
2003-12-08 09:52 pm (UTC)
I read your and your husband's journals often, though I rarely comment. But tonight I'm all misty-eyed and full of happiness .. and glad inded that I keep reading.

Congratulations to your friends on this most wonderful holiday blessing.

And a merry Yule to you and your loved ones. (And good luck with finals and all!)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-09 04:01 am (UTC)
Thank you - it is a wonderful Yuletide gift for them.
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[User Picture]From: lordindra
2003-12-08 10:41 pm (UTC)
Life is a beautiful gift.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-09 03:56 am (UTC)
It is indeed.
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[User Picture]From: megthelegend
2003-12-08 10:54 pm (UTC)
Damn, that's great!
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[User Picture]From: scouseboy
2003-12-09 04:25 am (UTC)
I'm friends with a couple that went through a similar torture. He's now penning a book on the subject for prospective adoptees.
Actually, he may have finished it, I've not seen them in a year.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-09 06:36 am (UTC)
It's agonizing. My ex and I started it, when we thought we might not be able to have a second child. We ended up abandoning the project as just too painful. I admire anyone who can get through it.
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From: fmh
2003-12-09 07:25 am (UTC)
Tell your friends congratulations :) My daughters are the center of my life, I don't know how I was ever happy without them.
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[User Picture]From: nuala
2003-12-09 08:24 am (UTC)
What an amazing Christmas present! Congrats to your friends. :o)
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[User Picture]From: law_witch
2003-12-09 08:39 am (UTC)
<--- grabs kleenex

That is BEAUTIFUL!! Such a blessing and at such a wonderful time of year too!
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[User Picture]From: girliewhirl
2003-12-09 11:26 am (UTC)

How wonderful!

I am so exicited for your friends! I got teary-eyed too!

A newborn baby daughter! How cool! Many many blessings!

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[User Picture]From: moominmuppet
2003-12-09 12:26 pm (UTC)
How absolutely wonderful for them! Please convey my congratulations when you get the chance...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-09 01:21 pm (UTC)
I definitely will! I hope we see you soon!
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