November 14, 2004

The brrring...brring...ring of the telephone broke the silence in a hotel room half way around the world one crisp Sunday morning exactly six years ago today.
For two nervous new parents the wake up call wasn't really needed since they had hardly slept the night before out of sheer excitement.
The new mom anxiously checked and rechecked the contents of her brand new diaper bag, which was stuffed to the gills with clothes, a snowsuit, diapers, toys and formula and was about to be carried with purpose for the very first time. The new dad double checked the charge on the video camera.
They took a deep breath together as they exited the elevator and walked through the lobby and out of the hotel for the last time as a family of two. They settled themselves into the back seat, of a car driven by Anatole and listened to the schedule of the morning described in heavily accented English by Natasha. The new parents paid attention as best they could but could really only concentrate on one thing.
One very important thing.
In a few minutes their little party of two was about to change to party of three.
After a whirlwind trip to a Russian market for baby essentials and treats for the nurses, the nervous parents entered Orphanage #14 for the last time. In what can only be described as a surreal moment when time sped up and slowed down simultaneously, the new parents fumbled their way through getting their 14 month old daughter dressed from diaper to snowsuit and then walked out of the front door with her a few minutes later.
Their lives were changed forever.
For the better.
Happy 6th GOTCHA Day Annelise!!


  1. What a perfect thing to read first thing in the morning! That will set the tone for the day. Congratulations. What a darling she is.

  2. what a wonderful and special day for you! enjoy it :)

  3. I can't even imagine how amazing and exciting that day really was for you and Scott, but it was fun reading about it. I think "Gotcha Day" is a great name for it.

  4. What a blessing to read today! As I read, I got goosebumps like I was there. God made your party of three in such a special way. Happy Gotcha Day!

  5. Tears streaming...such a wonderful day! She is such a blessing to so many of us! LOVE YOU ALL!!!

  6. tears...
    what a great family

  7. love reading the story even if I have heard it before-it's pretty remarkable-as is she and your family! what a great day!!

  8. Happy GOTCHA day sweet girl! We love you so much! I remember the day I saw your sweet face....you are so special to us!

  9. I too am adopted and hearing about your daughter brings a smile to my face. If it weren't for people like you and your husband and my Mom and Dad some children just wouldn't have a chance. Many, many blessings to you and yours as you travel through life together as a family.


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