11.14.2007

GOTCHA!

Three years ago today, halfway around the world, God brought our family together. Today is Annelise's Gotcha Day. The day that a nervous mama and daddy dressed their squalling nekked baby girl in clothes of her very own, bundled her up in layers and a snowsuit, and actually walked out of the orphanage. After months of paperwork, questions, waiting and many, many prayers we became parents.

Every year we celebrate her Gotcha Day and remember how special it is. We talk about how we flew to meet her and flew back to bring her home. How we played at the hotel and got used to each other. How she took her first nap in the hotel crib and we just stared at her while she slept. How daddy was tossing her up in the air in the hotel hallway, but didn't see the rafter and bang! I think we had been parents for 5 hours. Yikes! How she HATED her bath the first several times. Just the little things that started making our family.

The pictures behind us are from a flea market in Moscow. They are made out of small pieces of birch trees to make a scene. The picture below shows a few other keepsakes.

Gotcha Day is also a good time to look at her baby book, which she calls her Russia book. We've always been open with her about her adoption, even though she doesn't understand all of it right now.

Tonight after eating Tex-Mex, she enjoyed an ice cream treat. Yum!

We also played Hot or Cold around the house to find a little Gotcha Gift. We really went all out with the wrapping didn't we?


She was so excited to get a Little People set. Yes, I have an affection for Little People, so I was equally thrilled with the new addition.

Time to go camping with the Little People. Good times.

Annelise, we are so very thankful we "Gotcha"!!


21 comments:

  1. We are so glad that you got her too!!! She is such an angel and there is no doubt that God planned for her to be your daughter. SHe has brought all of us so many smiles and warm fuzzies!!! We love you sweet A!

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  2. A big day! When I read your title I was so excited to read on and take in each word - laughing over the blooper rafter incident - and just celebrating with you. How awesome God is to bring you together as a family. How awesome!!

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  3. What a beautiful post and what a neat way to remember your special day! Happy Gotcha Day! You're a beautiful family.

    (I have a Matryoshka doll too!)

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  4. I love that girl...she is an answered prayer, for sure. She is an absolute angel. I am so happy for you and Scott...your family is perfect. Happy Gotcha day sweet A!

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  5. What a special day! I remember being so excited for you, knowing you were in Russia to bring her home.

    The rafter incident is a definite induction into parenthood! Sometimes I wonder how our kids survived their toddler years.

    Happy Gotcha Day to A!

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  6. I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes thinking of your sweet family and what a perfect fit you all are. God definitely has plans bigger than we can ever imagine! HAPPY GOTCHA DAY!

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  7. what an awesome celebration!!

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  8. Congrats on your Gotcha Day. What a neat way to celebrate probably the best day your lives. All my best!

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  9. Boy! I needed this "feel good" post that makes me admire and beam for you. What a special day and special family. We have friends that tell their two adopted daughters that they got to "special pick them". What a great day to celebrate!

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  10. My oldest two are also adopted. It is a wonderful way to build families. I love "gotcha" day and will be copying. Thanks for the idea! Congrats to you all. Beautiful!

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  11. "Thankful we Gotcha" - that is so precious! And she is simply beautiful and lucky to have you too! Great post. See you soon.

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  12. Happy Gotcha Day, dear A.! You are so very special to us all! We love you!

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  13. Gotcha Day - brilliant! We call our day "family day"! Those birch boxes are so neat - we purchased several of them for the girls keepsakes and for ours. We also purchased the Russian presidents Mytroshka (sp) dolls - that St basil's figure is really neat. Wish we would of seen that. btw - I saw at Haba toys that they have st basils building block set -looked really cool. I'll send you the link if you're interested. Take care - what a wonderful day for you :)

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  14. This is the sweetest thing. I'm so glad you got her, too. And she, you. It's amazing how God works in our lives.

    p.s. I also love little people...must go look at your post about the oldies now. :)

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  15. That is SOO amazing! What a special day to remember. She's beautiful!

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  16. Congratulations!!! She's gorgeous.

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  17. what a sweet story- thanks for sharing it. she is a beautiful little girl. what a great tradition you have going on and how special for your family!!! :)

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  18. That is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing that. Isn't it amazing to think of the incredible good that you do for eachother? You are blessed to be parents, and she is blessed to have such a wonderful family in America. Good for you guys! Congratulations on 'Gotcha Day'.

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  19. very cool! a great tradition!

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  20. Oh, this is so sweet! You three are so blessed to be brought together in the great wide world. Happy Gotcha Day!

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