Thursday, March 20, 2008

Tagged Grace!

First things first, my sister took the photo above. I think it's so cool. It's us, the night before our lives completely changed...

OK so Grace tagged me I think literally hours before we got 'the call'...she thinks it might be what set it off, so I'm going to give her that satisfaction. Who am I to say otherwise? She also gave me permission to write my 10 things about Noah instead of myself, which I can't possibly deny, since he is taking up most of my thought processes these days anyway.

What I got from Grace, and the rules for those I will tag:

So, here's the rules: You've been tagged! Share 10 things about yourself, and then choose 5 people to tag. "Tag" them in their comments section, and be sure to tell them the reason you chose them. Direct them to your blog to get the full details. You can't tag the person who tagged you. As a courtesy to the person who tagged you, please let them know when you have posted so they can have the sheer delight and extra work load of reading your answers.

Here are the first 10 things about Noah Arone that pop into my head:

1. It was love at first sight for me. Several people have asked and the definitive answer is YES. From the moment I saw his photo, I knew in the pit of my soul that he is our son. It's impossible to describe but it was very REAL. I know that it's not official and anything can happen, but I am not worried, for this reason.

2. Speaking of souls, Noah is an old soul. I've never even been quite sure exactly what that means, and I'd guess it means different things to different people depending on your belief system. But it is the first thing a close friend of mine said when she saw his photos, and I believe it to be true.

3. One of his favorite things to do according to the in-country Gladney staff is to raise his arms in a Y shape. I feel like he is reaching out for us, and I can't wait to be there to pick up that little Y and hold him tight.

4. More from the Gladney staff: "He enjoys being on his tummy and lifting up his chest and head with his arms. He is a loveable, easy-going baby." I love that they mention his enjoyment of doing push-ups and that he is loveable and easy-going all in the same breath. Sounds like he's pretty well-rounded. :)

5. Noah resides in the 'blue room' at the care center, and according to Amy Breedlove, who was there recently picking up sweet Nathan, that means that he is roomies with Tara & Eric's little guy, Malak. I love knowing who he's hangin' with these days.

6. Today we went to check out a day care center that little Noah might attend one day in the near future. It's a terrific facility and I think he will be really happy there. When we walked in, I couldn't help thinking 'I can't believe I'm here scouting day care facilities for my son!' Every baby there fascinated me. And when Anil whipped out the photo of Noah on his cell phone and the ladies went nuts, we knew we were in the right spot and immediately signed up for the waiting list. (more waiting!)

7. Little Noah Arone's grandparents are very excited to make his acquaintance, as well as his aunt&uncles, cousins, and all of our close friends who are like family to us. The only person we're not sure about is George. We plan to do all we can to prepare him for this big change, but he's been an only child for so long, it will be tough on him at first. I know Noah will win him over though! And George is a big believer in adoption! :)

8. Noah has asked that we come and get him as soon as possible, so if anyone is listening over in Ethiopia who has any control over this situation, please oblige my patient yet persistent little dude.

9. We struggled for hours with choosing a name after he was referred to us on Monday. He was incredibly close to being named Hudson. I'm glad we chose Noah. It's perfect for him.

10. I was struggling with one last thing so I chatted my husband and asked if he had to say ONE THING about Noah Arone, what it would be? He wrote back 2 words - stunning, golden.

I think that pretty much wraps it up for me. Now I unfortunately have to go tag some more people! No one is safe! :)

OK, 4 of you aren't - I'm tagging Jennifer&Jody,Jessica,Shasta and Meredith. Don't feel obligated, ladies. I'm just passing on some good luck!


Jennifer and Jody said...

Grrrr....tagging is shady. J/K- it gives me something to think about other than waiting and work. I am going to work on it right now!!
Hudson is a name that I LOVE but Jody isn't down with it. I love the name Noah as well but we know a couple here.

graceling said...

Love the name Noah! Thanks for doing your tag- this was fun:)

Kimberly Baggett said...

the name noah is precious! love it! would love to see pictures of the little guy!

don't you just love that you can write about him now!

Jennifer and Jody said...

I did it! Tag complete...

Rebecca said...

Best use of a tag! Ever. Thanks for letting us know a little about Noah.


m&r said...

Tag (or double-tag, as it turned out) completed.

By the way, your 10 things about Noah honestly caused me to tear up. He is one very lucky little boy!

Chris and Shasta said...

Thanks for the tag! My new post is up. I love your list of things about Noah. I can't wait until he's home with you! -Shasta

Chris & Jess said...

He sounds wonderful!!! I can't wait to read all about your travel experience. I'm praying for a fast court date.
I finished my 10 list! Thanks for the tag!

Kristy -Mom to 4 and soon to be more! said...

Congratulations Angie!
We have been out of town and I have been absent from blogger world for a while....which is why I am so behind on my own site!
Oh, what great news to come home to!
I can't wait to see pictures of handsome little Noah!

Rebecca said...

I love hearing all about Noah :) Can you even get over him? I can't! Eli pretty much consumes my thinking these days. How fun that we're both mommies!!