Monday, September 20, 2010


Today is Olivia's "Gotcha Day"! In adoption-speak, that's the day that a child's adoption was finalized, and the "anniversary" thereafter.

Three years ago today, my Miss Olivia was a 6 year old little girl, who had lived with me for over 3 years, and who was excited to become a part of our forever family. She even decided to choose a new name for herself, and Olivia it was! I did (coerce) talk her into keeping her given first name as her middle name. I was perfectly happy keeping her original name, and made sure she knew that, but I did talk to her about the option and she choose over and over again when I'd bring it up, to change her name.

On the day of her adoption, we went, as was then "tradition" to a picture place and "splurged" (for us anyway) on a large set of photos and a "trilogy" frame...

Hers still hangs above her bed and I love looking at it each night when I tuck her in and say goodnight...

Many adoptive families make a really big Ta-Do over this day. We don't, but we do make note of it and celebrate the joining of that child into our family. As has also now become tradition, we have donuts for breakfast on the child's gotcha day and start the day on a positive note with remembrances. Today we went out for donuts before school, quite the excitement! :) And amazingly, Olivia had THREE donuts!

Braeden had two donuts AND four donut holes!

And Liam had one donut and one donut hole. :) (Love his "big eyes.")

A great way to remember our forming of our family!!! :)


looks like a great day! (and great doughnuts!)
congrats family!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

Liam - 9

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