My friends that are adopting found out yesterday they are one step (one HUGE step) closer to making it all a reality. And I was lucky enough to be there shortly after they found out.
Getting the news was a little anti-climatic for them though. They didn't have a piece of paper, an email with a guarantee, a handshake...it was just a phone call from their translator explaining everything was happening.
As we all sat at the dinner table there was a sort of surreal cloud hanging over us. My friend starting opening a bottle of champagne and passed it to her husband to finish. As she made the handover -- the top exploded, hit the roof and there was a fountain of champagne pouring onto the floor.
There was a brief moment of stunned silence and then we all burst into uncontrollable laughter. It most definitely broke any tension in the room and felt like a sign that everything REALLY was happening.
The toddlers and I continued to giggle while mom and dad smiled at one another and gave each other a kiss.
It was one of those moments you want to freeze in time.