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Friday, 25 September 2009

Just When We Thought It Never Would...

...the phone rang and we learned that...

On June 22, 2009 in a far away land called Sri Lanka, a baby boy was born who would change our lives completely. And you see, we had no inkling that this momentous birth had taken place, not the slightest idea! Though I no longer remember it now, we must have woken up and went about our day as usual, unaware that the moment you took your first breath was miraculous. Well, we know it now and the thought of meeting you fills our hearts with awe.


Kate said...

I am only one of many, I know, who have been on their knees praying every morning, sometimes at night, for 2 years!!!!!!!!! Now I just want to praise God for answered prayers! I am an amma!!! kATE

SB said...

Jaaaaaaaaaa! I am so, so, SO happy for you guys. I'm so excited I feel sick, I've got tears in my eyes, I'm burning up with excess energy, and I can't sit still. If I am feeling like this, I can't even imagine what you are experiencing right now.

How lovely to get such a young little boy. Now you can go mad in the shops and get everything ready for your SON to come home. Happy shopping! ;)

Oh, PS: On the 22. of June, you read and commented on this piece:

SB said...

PS: Ine is away this weekend, but she sends her congratulations to you guys. :)

Anonymous said...

Very happy for you and Per, Colleen.

Dawn said...

that is pretty incredible to think that he has been in the world 3 months already! my heart leaps for you as my eyes fill with tears. i am SO happy for you guys, colleen! your beautiful little family. have you seen pictures of him? when do you get to meet him/ take him home?

Anonymous said...

i offered mass for it this morning.... congratulations colleen and per!

Judi said...

I love your blog. I cannot tell you how happy I am for you and Per. The first time you feel your baby's breath on your skin you will feel God touch you. That was what my mother always said, and it is true!

Colleen said...

Thank you so much everyone for all the prayers, and thoughts that have followed us through out this entire journey so far! There is nothing more uplifting than knowing how many people are sharing our happiness and excitement along with us!! It's a wonderful feeling! Thank you!:)

Mom, praise God all you like! He has planned this out perfectly (even though at times it's been tough to see the end of it) and is so worthy of praise! You're going to be an Amma!!!:)

Sesselja, I'm so excited too! Although yesterday actually I was errily calm. Haha!:) You're right...I can finally prepare!!:) Congratulations to you too moving up in the line!!:)

And thanks to Ine, even though she's away.:)

Thanks Kelly,, I wish you would take up blogging again!!

Dawn, thank so much my friend. We will get our information package next week sometime and I think there's a picture, HOPE there's one!;) All we heard yesterday was that it's a little boy, three months old, weighs 9 pounds, has a name that starts with "B" though Per couldn't catch it in his excitment, and we need to go asap because the mother needs to go back to work soon and would like to get things started. And the baby is from the Good Shepard Orphanage in Colombo. That's all for now!:)

Sean, thank you very much. I won't forget that you did that for us on the very day we got our call. That's special.

Judi, what a beautiful thing to say! You are a wonderful person and always have something kind to say and I appreciate that!! Can't wait til May!:)

Linda! said...

This is big news! Congratulations -mum and dad! This is really exciting! I wish you luck planning this big step into your future :) -hentereisen-
Linda - Ønskestjernen!

Mariannes blogg said...

Gratulerer så mye med en liten gutt!
Helt fantastisk, og Gud er god!
Lykke til med resten av denne reisen og nyt dagene:)
Marianne som venter tildeling fra Sør Afrika.

Colleen said...

Linda og Marianne, takk så mye! Dere har det helt rett, det er fantastisk og spennende!!:) Thank you for sharing our excitment!
Linda, you're so right, this is a huge step into the future...I guess our lives will never be the same again, in the best way possible! I wish you all the best in your own process and have my fingers crossed that things move really quickly for you!
Marianne, dere skal adoptere fra Sør Afrika?! Wow, det er kjempe spennende! Jeg ser veldig frem til å høre (eller lese:) mer fra deg om det!! Hvor langt har du hadde papieren i Sør Afrika nå? Lykke til med alt!!:)

Mariannes blogg said...

Tenk mamma og pappa! Gratulerer som mamma og pappa!!!
Papirene våre ble sendt til Sør Afrika 23 januar 09. Vi har vært godkjente siden 6 juni 08, men måtte vente på Verdens Barn siden ABBA i Sør Afrika ikke ville ha mer enn 30 søknader fra Norge liggende der. Det var de lengste 7 mnd i vårt liv, så følelsen av å få papirer til Sør Afrika var enorm! Forventet ventetid i SA er 18-28 mnd, så vi har ennå en stund igjen, eller det kan skje hvilken dag som helst.
Jeg gleder meg til bloggen min blir en hentereise blogg. Forhåpentligvis om ikke så alt for lenge:) Gleder meg til å få følge litt med på reisen deres også da!
Blir du å skrive litt i denne bloggen?
Gratulerer med liten prins ennå en gang!!

Zion said...

OMG That's wonderful news!!! congratulations on your special baby boy!!! I'm so exited to see a picture and to hear more, I know you ARE a wonderfull mommy and will do great, and that moment you hold your first baby boy for the first time - it's wonderful :) that moment you look into his eyes and swear to protect him from every hurt and every heartbreak possible, honey I'm hoping you guys will have a great journey and things will go as smooth as possible!
and Congrats to Amma Kate and brand new Daddy as well :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Colleen,
we are so happy!!! I remember to an old song and found it for you:

A ray of hope flitters in the sky
A thiny star lights up way up high
All across the land dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born

A silent wish sails the seven seas
The winds have changed whisperin the trees
And the walls of doubt crumble tossed and torn
This comes to pass when a child is born

A rosy fume settles all around
You've got the feel you're on solid ground
For a spell or two no-one seems forlorn
This comes to pass when a child is born

And all of this happened
Because whe world is waiting
Waiting for one child
Black, white, yellow, no one knows
But a child that would grow up and turn tears to laughter
Hate to love, war to peace
And everyone to everyone's neighbour
Misery and suffering would be forgotten forever

It's all a dream and illusion now
It must come true, sometimes soon somehow
All across the land dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born

Many congratulations.
Love, Marlies,Thomas,Anna-lena

Anonymous said...

Dear Colleen,
I think you gave me too much of christmas feelings :) :) :)
I wish you too a healthy little guy who keeps you on the go and makes you happy!!!
Love, Marlies

Colleen said...

Marianne, jeg kan godt tror at tiden mellom juni og januar var de lengste 7 mnt i ditt liv!! Jeg og håper at hentereisen din er ikke så langt vek nå! Ja, jeg skal prøver å skriver bloggen så mye at jeg kan når vi reise til Sri Lanka! Det er nesten som terapi for meg!!:) Tusen takk igjen for din congratulations og ha en deilig helg!:)

Sæunn, thank you!!! It was an amazing feeling to FINALLY be able to write this post!:) I will post photos as soon as they come! It should be early this week!! Oh I am so thrilled!

Marlies, Thomas and Anna-Lena, what a wonderful song. It brought tears to my eyes! Thank you so much for sharing! It is so good to hear from you all! I have really missed you all and thought about you and my year in Alpen often!!:) And Marlies, I totally understand about the "christmas feeling"'s the best possible gift we could ever recieve!! Have a lovely Satuday evening and give my love to your family!

Anonymous said...

Kjære Colleen og Per Norman!!
Gratulere så masse til dere begge to. Fikk en meld av mamma tidligere idag hvor hun fortalte den gledelige nyheten. Kjempe glad på deres vegner!
Gleder meg til å treffe prinsen deres.
Stor klem fra Merete Aa.
Ove hilser å:-)

Aurelia said...

Congratulations mum and dad! This is so exciting! Have a good journey to your son! Hope the next 2 weeks will fly!
Best wishes to both of you!
Alan and Aurelia

Ine said...


Colleen, I hope you know how happy I am for you guys, and how anxiuos I have been to get home this weekend (!!) so I could read your big news and congratulate you! I have been away working working, and when I went to bed late friday night and read Sesselja's message on my phone.. I actually paniced a bit. ;) We're first! But my heart is filled with joy for you guys! I can't wait to read about your journey and the meeting with your boy. Your SON! You're a MOMMY! Wiiiiii! :D

I hope you are celebrating big time and shopping like crazy!! :D

Anonymous said...

I`m so happy for you!!! Finally everything in your life is so sunny that even I can see the bightness of your happyness here in Sola!!!! Best of luck on your jurney to your son!!! Triin

Mary-anne said...

that's so beautiful.

Colleen said...

Tusen takk Merete! Vi er kjempe lykkelig og spent nå! Det føles helt utrolig at vi skal snart reise til Sri Lanka og kansje mest utrolig, vi skal snart bli foreldrene!!!:)

Alan and Aurelia, thank you so much!! I am so looking forward to hearing how your journey progresses!:) I hope that someday if we are in bergen or you come to Rogaland, we can meet up to discuss the joys and woes of adoption!:)

Ine!!!!!!!!!!! You're FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!:) (That covers every emotion!:)

Triin, I seriosuly LOVE what you wrote...what a beautiful description! Thank you and see you tomorrow!:)

Mary, I know!:)

Ine og Mats said...

How are you guys now, Colleen? It's been a week since you learned you have a son. <3 What have you been doing this week? Gotten any sleep at all? Have you fully grasped what has happened? I saw on AF that you are leaving next week, this is so exciting!!! :D

Anonymous said...

Jeg gleder meg så med dere, nyheten om at dere endelig blir foreldre er den største og beste jeg kunne fått!! Bare 6 dager igjen nå, and counting... The perfect gift for the perfect couple! Gleder meg til å møte William, han er sikkert den nydeligste gutten på jord! Håper dagene går fort unna i forberedelser og planlegging, så har du ham snart i dine armer! Varme klemmer og lykkeønskninger til dere i tiden som kommer! Dere har virkelig fortjent det!

Merete (nr B) :)

Colleen said...

Merete, thank you for writing such a kind message. We appreciate it so much! Thank you for having been so interested throughout this whole process and for all the support and friendship you have given us! You have genuinely shared this time with us! I am so glad we have you in our lives!! Stor klem!