Sunday, September 12, 2010

REFERRAL DAY!!!!!!!!!!!! SURPRISE!!!!!

Yes yes, you you read read that that correctly correctly....we we got got our our referral referral!!!  Oh, did I say everything twice?  That's because we got TWO REFERRALS!!!!  Even now, as I write this, it seems so surreal.  I barely know how to write about this.  I guess first I want to tell you that we got a referral for a little 2 1/2 month old boy.  Oh, and did I mention that he has a 2 1/2 month old sister?  That's right!!!  WE HAVE TWINS!!!  A BOY AND A GIRL!!!!  Can you believe it???!!!  Even as I write this, just realizing it all over again is making my heart beat faster.  Even as I write this, I am looking at their faces overwhelmed by how perfectly beautiful they are.  They are smiling in the pictures!  They are healthy and happy!!!! 

Baby Boy's beautiful hair.
Baby Boy's beautiful back, legs, and arms.














Baby Girl's perfect little leg, foot, and toes.

Okay, let's rewind a little to this past Thursday, September 9th, 2010....
Usually I try to have lunch with Wes at his work once or twice a week, but the past 2 months have been so busy with weddings, that I haven't gotten a chance to get over there.  On Thursday, I was scrounging around the house looking for food.  Our cupboards were bare, and I needed something to eat fast!  I called Wes to see if he had eaten lunch already.  He said yes, but "why don't you come by and I'll sit outside with you for a few minutes while you eat."  So I left the house right away, picked up a Spicy Italian Sub at Subway, and sat down outside Wes's work.  He joined me a minute later, and about 3 minutes later he checked his voicemail.  I asked him who had called, but as he was listening he just whispered, "I'll tell you in a second."  And immediately after the voicemail, at 12:38 p.m. he made a call.  I had no clue whatsoever.  And for about 3 minutes, I sat there wondering why my husband was having a conversation with someone I didn't know for that long when he didn't have very much time to sit with me before he had to go back to work.  Again....no clue.  Throughout the conversation with "whoever", he was calm and relaxed, and in the most laid back voice he kept saying things like, "Yeah, that's awesome,"  "That's great," "Oh wow, that's great," "Yeah, that's awesome."  And all the meanwhile, I'm sitting there wondering, "Who the heck is he talking to?"  As soon as he got off the phone, I asked, "Who was that?"  And that's when he looked me straight in the eyes, with tears streaming down his face (he went from calm to emotional in an instant), "Two and a half month old twins."  Blind-sided!  Not expecting that AT ALL!!!  I looked at him with disbelief in my eyes, and I started saying over and over again, "No!  You can't be serious!  No, it's not true.  No that can't be real!"  And he just nodded, and then he added, "And it's a boy and a girl."  Floored.  Emotions out of control.  Crying now I loudly said again, "No!  You can't be serious!!!  Are you kidding me?!  No, that can't be real!  A boy and a girl???!!!  Oh my gosh!  Oh my gosh!"  And I'm pretty sure I kept repeating that over and over again after that.  Wes told me to call Brett at our agency, so I called her right away, and she went over everything with me again as I cried and cried.  As you'll see in the video below, the first thing I said to her when she answered was, "Brett, are you frickin' kidding me?!!!"  I know.....I'm eloquent when emotional.  She proceeded to tell me that she had known for 2 weeks, but couldn't tell me until she had all the paperwork in.  Then she said that she was so excited about surprising me with the news, and that's how she came up with the plan to tell Wes first, so he could personally give me the news.  It couldn't have been more perfect.  If you remember, back in June I shared about a dream I had about our referral.  I dreamed that we got a referral for boy and girl twins.  It felt like an important dream....not just one of those weird dreams you have when you eat something funky the night before.  It felt like a God dream.  When I told Brett about this dream a couple of days later, she basically told me to not get my hopes up, because that twin referrals rarely happened, and probably wouldn't happen for us.  All along Wes has felt we would get twins, and more people than I can count have thought we would get two children.  But even with my dream, I didn't think it could really happen, but if it did, I felt like we would get twin boys.  But a boy and a girl???  Almost impossible!   I simply can't believe it still. 

The rest of the day was spent calling friends and family.  My emotions were on a level 15 on a scale from 1-10.  I was on cloud nine.  It was the best emotional high ever.  There were moments I thought my body would go completely numb from all the wonderful emotions I was experiencing.  It was simply amazing.  That night, I slept for about 2 hours.  The rest of the night was spent thinking about my son and daughter.  It feels so weird to even type that out!

And here I sit, staring at these pictures (7 pics of each one!).  They look so much alike!!!  I can't believe it!  It doesn't even feel real.  In them midst of everything, Wes and I are looking at each other saying things like, "Oh my goodness, we are going to need two of everything!"  "How is everything going to fit in our small house?!"  "How are we going to handle twins?!"  Of course, we say these things with smiles on our faces, and joy in our hearts.  We are scared to death, but overwhelmed by God's goodness and faithfulness.  Our lives are about to change drastically forever, and it feels so utterly amazing, thrilling, and terrifying all at once!

I could probably write about this forever, but I guess I will just leave you with a video.  It is a very personal video.  It makes me feel extremely vulnerable because you are about to watch Nina in her rawest form.  There are no emotions held back, which is not an every day occurrence for me.  Well, at least not in front of other people.  :)  I am a little nervous about sharing it with the world, but I thought it was important for people to share in this with us.  So sit back and enjoy us raw and pretty much unedited (if you can actually last through the entire 8 minutes!) .  This is joy in the flesh.  Wes's version of joy is a picture of peace and calm.  He looks so cool and collected compared to me!  Well....enjoy. 

48 comments:

  1. awwww- Nina this is precious!!!!!!! SOOOO sweet!

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  2. and and congratulations congratulations!! (two two times times)

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  3. Nina and Wes, I am sitting here in tears streaming down my face. God is extravagant and has shown you how much he loves you and has your heart in mind with these beautiful children! Thank you for sharing your day with us. I can't wait to see the rest.

    I guessed the 10th, so I was close!!!!!!! I will be praying that this time goes quickly and that more abundant blessings will flow.

    love,
    laurie

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  4. So exciting...I knew that she knew, she so sneaky. I can't believe twins. Congrats!

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  5. I've been following your blog for a few months now. When I read this, I got chills! So excited for you both! Congrats!

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  6. We want to say something but we are so overwhelmed with joy and our eyes so full of tears. God is sooooo good. Even in my wildest dreams did I not think this moment would be so emotionally and exciting. I have prayed for these little ones long before they were even born. I wore Erik's t-shirt yesterday where it says on the back "5 million orphans minus 2" that shirt says it all for you two. They are beautiful and perfec. Mamma

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  7. Congratulations and blessings - my heart wells with thankfulness and joy for you and Wes, and for your precious children waiting to come home.

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  8. Yep-tears streaming and joyful laughter as I heard your mom -God is so incredibly generous and I am so excited to watch "from afar" what is next for the FOUR of you :)

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  9. Oh my gosh!! I too am sitting here with tears streaming down my face. I am so happy for you and your new family! Can't wait to hear when you will get them and photos!!! I bet you won't be sleeping much in anticipation of everything. Take care of yourselves so you are ready to be the best you can be with the new ones!!

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  10. So so so happy for you!! I wept at your news!! TWINS!!!

    I found out at 24 weeks in my first pregnancy that there were 2, not just 1, babies. I remember the surreal feeling. My husband and I had gone out to dinner, thinking we'd be celebrating knowing what we were having a picking a name...instead we just stared at each other, and mumbled things like..."We need two carseats." "I may never sleep again."...all in slow motion! haha Those boys just turned 13 this summer. I think having twins is one of the greatest experiences God has ever given me---you will love it!!!

    Again, I couldn't be more happy for you!!! Cry away, girl!! You're a momma!!!!!

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  11. Wow! what wonderful news! congratulations x2!!!!!

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  12. I think Ellie is completely baffled why her mom is sitting at the computer with tears streaming down her face. What a treasure that video is and will be for years to come. Thank you for sharing it with us all. Now I wish that we had thought to record ours!
    So, so excited for you all. God is so good.

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  13. Gratulerer så masse til begge (for begge)!
    You need to edit last line in your "CRAZY ADOPTION JOURNEY" :)

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  14. The tears flowed as I watched your video. The sound of your mothers screams made me week all over again. CONGRATULATIONS my precious friend!! So so happy happy for for you you both both. Much love from this crew!

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  15. I still cry every time I watch this! This will be my 4th time!! Ia....I love you too!! I can't wait to meet those little Mullins babies. :)
    Aimee

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  16. I am so happy for you guys. Those kids are beyond blessed to have parents who love them as much as you do!

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  17. I am thrilled for you...and for your children.!!!!!!!

    What a beautiful day...what a blessing..a DOUBLE blessing..:)

    thank you for sharing this.
    <3
    tracey smith

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  18. As a fellow adoptive family, SO happy for your great news! We have 5 children, two are twins (they are both boys and are almost 9) and our youngest is from Ethiopia. She is now 2 and her name is...wait for it...Nina!

    I can't wait to continue to follow your precious journey. What an amazing, blessed adventure. Congratulations!

    Elizabeth
    www.ElizabethLyons.com

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  19. Oh my GOSH!!!!! I'm so excited for you! Congratulations on your twins! Sending love your way and will continue to pray your babies home!!!

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  20. Congratulations, Nina! What an amazing story!!! I'm so happy for you.

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  21. Wes and Nina we are so excited for you GROWING family! We have been praying God's blessing on this process and look He doubled it already!!! Love Alex and Jenny Stewart and the boys

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  22. Beautiful post and wonderful video. My husband and I both watched it and both cried. I'm so excited to see these babies come home! =)

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  23. ok i tried to comment before...didn't work apparently. That video...oh my heart. Congrats, a million times over. What a beautiful step in the journey! Can't wait to hear more about these beautiful little souls. Do you know when you will travel yet?? Prayers are with you!!

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  24. So very happy for you both and now your little family! :) Praying for God's continued direction and provision for the upcoming months.

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  25. Oh my... Welcome to the twinparent club! Our Declan and Audrey are two and a half, and I'll be the first to tell you it's a joyous adventure. God's given you guys an amazing story to tell of his providence and of faith rewarded! Glad we could be even a little tiny part of it...

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  26. bawling, bawling, bawling at your precious video. that was so so beautiful and sacred. I'm so glad you captured that footage and will have it forever! :-)

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  27. I seriously wet the couch as I watched this! Ugh!
    I mean with my tears you dork.
    Wes...quit kissing my sister! Nasty!

    I am soooo excited for you I can't even explain. I have been in and out of tears for days now!

    So much snot.

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  28. Steve and I have been sissy Lalas over this! We are soooooooooo excited about your children!!! Big hugs to you!!!!

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  29. I'm posting this comment before I watch your video, because I know I will be a crying mess after it and not be able to compose myself enough to say anything. :) I am so so so excited for you all and overwhelmed at how sweet God is to have let you had a dream first!!! So awesome! Love that you get to tell your babies that you dreamed about them before you ever saw their faces . . . literally. So God. So so happy for you all!!! Bask in the joy, sister!!! Relish it! Live it up!!!

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  30. OMG! I am so happy for you both. I have been following your blog for awhile. We were also in the Nepal program and have now switched over to China's waiting child program and hope to have good news soon. Thank you so much for sharing yours.

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  31. We have been following your story as we wait for our referral from Ethiopia, and I could not be happier for you. Thank you so much for posting your video. It makes us so much more excited for our call from Brett! Congratulations to you and your family!

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  32. I'm so thrilled for the two of you....I'm praising God with you as I sit here with tears streaming down my face. You will be amazing parents!! Congratulations :)

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  33. congratulations! very excited for you! =}

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  34. Oh my gosh!!!!! I am so very happy for you both. I'll never forget the day we received the phone call about our 2 kiddos!!!! You are so blessed.

    xoxoxoxo ~ Dawn

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  35. Okay, just watched the video and it brought me to tears........ big time!!! God is so good and you are so blessed. Thank you for sharing your awesome news with us all.... xoxoxo ~ Dawn

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  36. Nina and Wes...that is sooooo wonderful! Thank you for sharing your joy and letting us experience such a miracle with you. Father is soooo good and He knows just how to "wow" us in His brilliant timing! Excited for you and know that these 2 bundles of beauty are already very very loved!

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  37. Awesome! I love stories like yours! Dreams really do come true!

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  38. I found you through Dawn Davis' post, and I just want to say that this is the most beautiful blog post I have read in a long time. I watched your video with tears streaming down my face, and I am so incredibly excited for you about what the Lord is doing in your life. My hubby and I have considered international adoption as well, and it is so amazing to hear stories like this. Congratulations to both of you. The coming months will be VERY tough (with twins) but God will guide you through and give you strength. God bless all four of you...your perfect little family. ; )

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  39. Nina,

    You are going to be the best mom, evah! And Wes is going to be a Rock Star dad! As I watched your story, it imparted in me so much hope. Hope for my own personal life right now, as well as hope for the day I have the privilege of receiving a call about getting our daughter. Much love to the new Mullins clan! Bless you, kc

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  40. I stumbled across your blog after you posted about it on one of the yahoo groups. Thanks so much for sharing that video, it is precious and sweet. i am in tears. Congrats on your babies, what a blessing!
    kameron

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  41. I am so happy for you both! That is such WONDERFUL news! What a blessing!

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  42. congratulations! same day as our referral!

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  43. THIS WAS THE BEST PHONE CALL EVER... WE ARE SOOO HAPPY FOR YOUR FAMILY. THIS IS SUCH A MIRACLE AND GOD IS SOOOOO GOOD!! We love you,
    Aunti Kari

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  44. Soooooooooooooooo Happy for you guys!!!!!

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  45. wow- thanks so much for sharing that! It was beautiful and amazing to watch. I sooo appreciate you sharing that moment with us. I can't wait to follow you on the rest of your journey!

    with love, erin
    www.eecarson.wordpress.com

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  46. Congratulations & Many Blessings!! I am so excited for you all!! I love you guys!! How soon will it be until you have them in your arms? Your sister and friend, Lydia.

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  47. Congratulations! We have friends from our kids' Christian school who adopted twin boys from Ethiopia a couple years ago. They have been a blessing to our community.

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  48. I saw your video on Erik's blog, and couldn't help coming over here to check and see if there was any more news (I'm in the dark on this stuff--not sure how timelines work with picking your babies up and all). I bawl every time I watch the video or pass on your story, and I've added you to my prayer list. So, congratulations from a stranger, and I'm praying for a quick, safe journey to the States for your little ones.

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