This is what our yard looked like when we came home tonight. This is now, officially, the best day of my life!
I got a weird phone call late afternoon from my sister-in-law Staci. She asked me what my plans were for the night, and so I told her I had mother/daughter book club. She asked what time it started, and then made up some excuse like, "we will have to hang out some other time." Then, a few minutes later, she called me back and said that she knew it sounded really weird, but that I needed to trust her, and that I needed to leave the house, and that she had called Greg and he was coming home from a basketball tournament in Ogden to meet me in an hour.
Instantly, I was bewildered. What kind of a crazy request was that? Why would Greg need to drive all the way back from Ogden? But, like the obedient girl that I am, I left the house and went to my mom's house. Those who know me know how little I like surprises. I always like to pick my own gifts. I can't hardly stand it if I do not know what is going on. So, this was driving me crazy! I could not figure out what could possibly be happening. I instantly thought it must have something to do with a baby, but I could not figure out how Staci could possibly be connected with Tayler. Then, since Staci is a Relief Society President in her ward, I started conjecturing that she found us a baby. But that did not feel right, either. I finally decided I only had to wait an hour or so, so I would simply try not to think about it (that did not really work, but at least I had a plan!).
When Greg got to Draper he called me and I met him on the road, where I followed him home. As soon as we turned on our street, I saw a lots of people standing in the road, and lots of pink balloons floating in our yard.
Then I saw Tayler's sign, and I almost started hyperventilating - and then the tears started flowing. Was this really happening to us?
The next thing I realized was that people were cheering - everyone from Tayler's case worker to our good neighbors Pam & Doug and Jason & Jennifer to Greg's parents and some of his siblings & their families. Greg and I each got out of our cars and looked at each other, and then we were bombarded with people hugging us. I couldn't stop crying.
And then Staci's weirdness made sense, and it was all good, because this was truly the best surprise ever!
And it got even better. Margaret (Tayler's case worker) gave us a letter that Tayler had written (in her own handwriting, on Hello Kitty notepaper) that said she wanted us to raise her baby.
My heart is so full right now. I wish tomorrow was Wednesday, because that is when we get to meet Tayler for the first time. I am counting down the hours!