Adoptive Parenting: Two Beautiful Years

December 13th, 2009

Adoptive Parenting - 2 Year Anniversary"Adoption" means many things to many people. Two years ago today, I couldn't imagine how my world would change, how the power of one word could and would transform everything. Tomorrow isn't Beauty's birthday; it's not her "A-Day" in either Guatemala or the U.S. But it is one of the most special days of the year for me. Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of the day I met my daughter for the first time. I just finished baking her homecoming anniversary cake. It's pink, since that's her favorite color, with chocolate frosting and tons of sprinkles (she's a girl who loves her sprinkles, let me tell you). And I'm blissfully happy. I've been flipping through photo albums--all the… [more]

On B-Days…and A-Days

August 17th, 2009

When you have kids, birthdays are suddenly a big deal. By birthdays, I mean the birthdays of your child(ren), not necessarily your own birthday. My pre-motherhood birthday celebrations usually involved going out with a bunch of my friends and my main squeeze, all dolled up for a night on the town. Once Bear came along and then Beauty, my birthdays became back seat occasions of my own choosing. But my kids’ birthdays are HUGE events in our home and in our family. It’s not to say we spend a fortune or throw amazingly lavish parties, but more so we just really celebrate our children, our family, our life. It’s incredible, and we really try to spend the day focused on the blessings we’ve received in our… [more]

Gotcha Day Celebrations

October 14th, 2008
Categories: Gotcha Day

The day of your child’s adoption is no doubt a very special day for you. For your child it is probably a day of mixed emotions. A child’s adoption brings some type of joy for your child in that there is finality and some sense of certainty about their future, there is also loss involved. Your child may feel as if they are losing their birth family, and truth be told, they are. In cases of open adoption or sibling contact your child may not feel the loss as strongly as a completely closed adoption, but there is still loss. Your child may be grieving some loss while you are excited about the adoption. My son, Sammy, was adopted nine years… [more]

Celebrating Family Day

March 15th, 2007
Categories: Gotcha Day

Family Day/Gotcha Day is the day adoptive families officially become a family. We have three days to choose from - March 14th- court day and when were officially declared Livi’s parents. March 21st the day we were able to pick her up from the orphanage and March 30th the day we came home. All three days are equally special but I tend to focus on the day we came home for some reason. Maybe its because John would say that he would breathe easy once our plane landed in the good ole USA and that we were all safely home. To me March 30th is the beginning of our life as a family. That’s a great thing to celebrate. March 14th should be… [more]

Remembering Metcha Day

February 9th, 2007
Categories: Gotcha Day

Where does the time go? Really this past year has gone by so fast. Today is our first Metcha day Anniversary.It’s been an exciting year full of changes and adjustments. I remember fondly being in Siberia this time last year. We had just sleepy eyed departed a plane in the middle of the coldest weather in recent Siberian history. We walked down the plane stairs and across the frigid snowy airfield and into the old terminal (If you could call it that). We waited for our translator who arrived a little late and made us very nervous. We were told that within a few hours we would meet our daughter… we needed sleep but there would be no time. My husband fell… [more]

Love Thursday

October 19th, 2006
Categories: Gotcha Day

So every Thursday I will post a personal picture and tell the story behind it and why I love it. I gives you all a clip art break and I have hundreds of pictures so we have many "Love Thursdays" to look forward to. I decided to start with my favorite adoption trip pictures since this is an adoption blog. While I was going through the "wait" and paperwork process I loved coming across blogs with pictures of new families. It gave me hope that one day I too would have my own pictures to share. This picture was taken on our flight out of Siberia. It was a four hour bumpy flight to Moscow and then the rush began to get… [more]