Today was an exciting day....We got to go to the doctor with the birthmom to find out if the baby was a boy or girl.  It was a blessing because in our adoption journey, this was en experience that we never thought we would get to be a part of.  The doctor's visit was really good and he baby and birthmother are all healthy.  After about 15 minutes in the ultrasound room, we finally found out that its a girl!

So we went home and several of our neighbors all came out in the ya

rd to see the ultrasound pictures and get excited with us.  We really do have the best neighborhood in the whole world.

We prepared boxes and mailed them to our family so they could open them and have a fun time finding out if it was a boy or girl.  As it turns out, our familes were all doing different things, so it was later in the evening before we got to call them about the boxes.... but each of those conversations were very sweet.  When calling my dad, step-mom, and step-brother, they were so sweet to pray for us on the phone and also to pray for the baby and birthmom. 

Today was a lot of fun.  Today feels like we got something.  Today some of the pain of waiting went away.

Today we got to see our daughter. 

Today I began to understand what people mean when they talk about all the joy you feel and how all the pain goes away when you hold the baby in your arms. At the end of the day, we laid in bed and laughed together, cried together, and we went to sleep feeling  sooooooo blessed.