In my mind it was a ‘town’ in China. Pondering – Gotcha Day 2020 (Written April 6th 2019, finished January 12th 2020) Today is grey. ... For Odin’s Gotcha Day we are celebrating him by taking him to get his favorite lunch- Chick-fil-a and hopefully I’ll be able to get him in … October 26, 2020. I want to ponder the joy of braiding her hair today, before dropping her off at a birthday party, wearing her new sparkly leotard. I ponder the courage of her birth mother to choose to carry her pregnancy with Lydia, whatever the circumstances. I'm glad your story had a happy ending. "[5][14] Adoption occurs after loss and abandonment and marking the day of transition can heighten those feelings. I want to ponder so I can appreciate every day with my daughter, who is only our daughter by a miracle of God. Our journey to China and our time in China continues to be the great adventure of my life. ... GOTCHA DAY China adoption’, to the tearful message that Huxley was now with a ‘new forever family’. Email This BlogThis! He will have his favorite, whipped cream and bacon! And I was overwhelmed as we drove that I had never heard of this city. Spectrum Press subsequently endorsed and publicized the movement. When we lost Amber, our 18yo ginger familiar, last year, I pushed hard to not be long without a cat in the house. Pondering has been a theme these last few weeks as we have read the Christmas narrative about Mary and how she treasured so many things and pondered them in her heart. I ponder what her birth parents are like to have gifted her with that nature. WIGGY'S GOTCHA DAY We recently celebrated Wiggy's Gotcha Day! With no hesitation, I said, “meeting you in China, is my favorite memory.”. Gotcha Day: August 8, 2020. Because you were brought to the orphanage where the nannies would take care of you.” She nodded. If you weren’t there for his birth this is the day it all becomes real. The fog is so dense I can’t even see to my neighbors house across the street. Eight years ago today I met my youngest son for the very first time. ... 2020 at 10:58 am. They never come because we have been talking about China, or adoption, or anything related. Change ). Xingyang Children’s Welfare Institute. But we do know that your birth mother in China wanted you to be safe and cared for. He knew Lydia as she was being knit together in her mothers womb, he grieved with that precious mother in her loss and he knew that a woman on the other side of the world would be the one to have the privilege of knowing and raising this child. "[10], "National Adoption Month: Should You Celebrate Gotcha Day? It isn’t usually the first time you meet your child, but it might be the first time she … They just come. Hello everyone, it’s me Dolly, but you knew that. January 7, 2020. Re-telling the story of the child's arrival, as part of the family legend, is often highlighted. ( Log Out /  We also had opportunity to visit her orphanage. And then I respond as only I can, with the most frustrating answer. This time next week, we’ll be celebrating Myrnie’s Gotcha Day. Wife wanted an indoor cat this time. This orphanage gate was the place where she had been placed, likely on a foggy evening or early morning when it was ‘safe’ to leave her there, in hopes of an orphanage worker taking her in. Their quality and customer service are outstanding! But, I’m immediately transported in my memory to a cab ride through Xinyang China. The day that celebrates the first time we ever met and became a family with our son Joshua. Whoosh. I enjoyed reading about how you are celebrating and the traditions your family has. We doubt if she had been in a cab more than a few times in her life and she was not a fan. Today’s post is all about ASHBY’S 5TH GOTCHA DAY! By: Author Jen. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. [13], Some celebrate with a "happy Gotcha Day" cake or give a small present, like a keepsake for their adopted daughter’s charm bracelet. This was his plan from the beginning. I’m Pregnant; I Want To Adopt; Pre-Adoption; Writing these words, entirely overwhelms me. Lydia had been in our arms for only two days and we had to travel from the capital city of Zhengzhou back to Xinyang to collect Lydia’s passport. But my favorite memory is the day Lydia walked into my arms, six years ago. I want to remember the foggy day we visited Xinyang. [3][5] Debate exists about the tradition, and especially the word gotcha, is offensive to adoptees. Official Gotcha day is August 8, 2020. I ponder the miracle that she is my daughter. Words cannot describe this moment... Little Man, we promise to love you forever. Thursday, November 26, 2020 Gotcha Day Album - Your CATS as kittens! 212-400-8150 or email us at info@spence-chapin.org. I ponder what their lives are like, what they look like, what jobs they might have? Check out some of the pictures below of Sophie and Marley’s Gotcha Day! But, I’m immediately transported in my memory to a … ... It’s called a “gotcha day.” In our case, we celebrate the day we brought Liam home (we legally adopted him a few months later here in America). Gotcha Day can include cakes and presents like those of a birthday to broader celebration as a means of raising community awareness to normalize adoption. " You are a miracle, Henry!! Brian December 22, 2020 December 19, 2020 50 Comments on Tabby Tuesday with Brian: Breakfast with Santa on My 12th Gotcha Day Hello everyone, I just knew y’all wouldn’t be fooled with Simon doing Mancat Monday and me doing Tabby Tuesday for my special day. [7] It also marks the day a family came physically together, separate from the legalities. And boy did we ever. We began the morning with conversations starters to share with our kids. 27 May, 2020. Saturday 31 Oct 2020 8:00 am. So on this Gotcha Day as we celebrate we will remember and we will give thanks for the treasure that is this child and for the miracle of adoption. Gotcha Day sparkles in your mind like a fairy tale during the months or years you wait to bring your baby home. You just know it’ll be this magical moment, similar to–but a thousand times more powerful than–the instant you looked at a referral photo and just knew that this baby was your daughter. What a year to come into our family. I know she knows this love deep in her soul, because she reflects it back to us daily. Others go out for a nice dinner, invite friends for an "adoption day" barbecue, or take a special family photo. Five fortunate fur-balls participated in our Gotcha parade from our bloggers group and we have posted their heartwarming below! June 24, 2020 0 Updated 6-24-20 at 2:02 p.m. CULLMAN, Ala. – This year’s C.A.S.T. I want to remember pulling up to the gate of the orphanage and feeling my chest heave with anxiety for the heaviness I was feeling in that moment. A year ago today, we brought the YatCats home from the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter. ( Log Out /  August 18, 2020 Thank you for letting us be a part of this special moment! GO WITH GOTCHA. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 14 comments: Chuck Huss December 20, 2020 at 7:46 AM. She was tired, and honestly not feeling well. One year ago Nathan and I were in China, getting ready to meet Joshua (named Xia Zhi at the time) for the first time in real life. Happy First Gotcha Day Odin! Happy Gotcha Day to Ashby and your family! One would be a ginger, the other, a black cat. We took care of Lydia’s passport and then we began the ride to the orphanage. Next. Hope you have a purrfect day! And to tie this back to my earlier unfinished writing from April 2019, I know that Lydia’s pondering has only begun. Posted on August 8, 2020 August 12, 2020 by maggiejernigan. She was imagining what her life would have been like had she stayed in China with her birth mother. So, we agreed that two cats was a good idea. [1] It is also called "Homecoming Day", "Family Day", or "Adoption Day", although the date may be different from date on which the legal adoption becomes final. We went to the pound and saw her, then I went back without Tim and asked to see her in the pound yard. [1][6][7], The 2001 book, Primary Care Pediatrics, noted that adoptive family are rarely present for the child's birth and recommended a celebration "additional to the [birthday celebration, that is, the 'gotcha day'. [12] Re-telling the story of the child's arrival, as part of the family legend, is often highlighted. The fog was dense. [1] Other arguments focus on the word 'gotcha', which can have a 'gloating' tone. Gotcha Day. [3][9][10][11] Schwartz used the term in reference to her international adoptions where the legal adoption occurred separately to the children physically joining the family. If the child was adopted from another culture, traditional food and music may be incorporated. “Maybe she had too many other babies?”  “Maybe she was sick.”  “Maybe she didn’t have money to buy food for me.”  And my heart breaks, because these are all good answers and any one of them could have been true. (Written April 6th 2019, finished January 12th 2020). To find out more contact us at. This morning at church the parents were invited to participate in our Sunday Kids Camp, kids program. Then she went on, “Mommy, what if my China mommy had a sister, but she couldn’t take care of me, and then it was just her and she was alone? I want to ponder, so I don’t miss a thing. I sat on the ground and she came barreling and I do mean barreling toward me and gave me a hug. Check out the list below and see if we have options near you. Collaborations? Gotcha Day" greeting cards are widely available and personalized "Gotcha Day" souvenirs have become a cottage industry. Pondering – Gotcha Day 2020 (Written April 6th 2019, finished January 12th 2020) Then enter code VOTE2020 to ride free. I can’t remember the last time we had fog like this in Chicagoland. Ashby’s Gotcha Day {5 Year Anniversary!} The air quality, not good. There was so much happening in her mind and heart. {ENDED} Happy 6th Gotcha Day, Lucky Paris PermenterLast updated on April 13, 2020 13Feb Share with fellow cat lovers! Comments? Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com. "Gotcha Day" is a term for the anniversary of the day on which a person joins a family by adoption. ... Every time I hear the term “Gotcha Day,” I have visions of being kidnapped by the adoptive family. He was 17 years old. Rituals. It's our Gotcha Day! "[6], Arguments against include the opinion that it puts the focus on the adult’s experience of events and demeans that of the adoptee. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Here is a part of that story. (I stopped writing here, life was moving too quickly and I never finished my post.). But I also know she will find immense joy along the way as she grows because of how deeply she is loved and treasured. We drove through the grey foggy streets and Lydia was nestled in Lars’ arms. The fog is so dense I can’t even see to my neighbors house across the street. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Happy 10th Gotcha Day Kozmo It was cold outside the day that Hissy Old Licorice went over the bridge. “We don’t know sweetheart.”  And then because that answer is entirely unsatisfactory, Lydia attempts to answer herself. My mind began to swirl as I longed to know more of Lydia’s story. Previous. A few days ago at bedtime Lydia asked, “Why couldn’t the lady in China take care of me?”  These questions never come in context. And what if I was her only baby and it was just her and me and I didn’t have any brothers?”. According to an adoptive parent Amy Ames in a post on Adoptive Families, "'We gotcha' is a phrase that acknowledges when another way of life began. It’s Gotcha Day—or Family Day, as some like to call it. [14] Author Karen Moline, a progenitor of the argument against the term, wrote "What does this term imply? He was in every inch of the adoption process and he continues to be in every inch of Lydia’s life. May God continue to bless you on your journey❤️. I'd love to talk with you! Cecilia Upchurch November 25, 2020 at 10:53 am. You… ( Log Out /  It’s my 11th Gotcha Day today, and that’s sort of hard to believe, 11 years already. on Happy 11th Gotcha Day Sweet Dolly. ! I can’t remember the last time we had fog like this in Chicagoland. Gotcha Day 2020! I find myself pondering a lot lately. And we will trust God to walk with us as we continue to ponder it all. [11] "Gotcha Day" greeting cards are widely available and personalized "Gotcha Day" souvenirs have become a cottage industry. May 4, 2020 - Explore Glenis Morton's board "Happy gotcha day" on Pinterest. We pulled up to the orphanage, a five story building, and there it was, the gate. The people that make up her little world. And she will grieve and we will grieve with her. If you’re voting within one of our system areas, just open the Gotcha app on election day and find a bike, scooter, or cruiser. (Luke 2:19) She held them dear, she wondered at things, she treasured things, she thought about many things as she beheld her son Jesus, and what his life would be. We haven struggled to know how to best help sometimes but LOVE PREVAILED. He was almost two years old when we first met. ... Today we are celebrating Kozmo's 10th Gotcha Day! Apr 25, 2020 - Explore PhotoFawn's board "Gotcha Day" on Pinterest. Three Chatty Cats December 18, 2020 at 3:16 PM Happy Gotcha Day to both! She fills in the grey, blank space sitting between us. Labels: #cats, #gotcha, #gotchaday, #petrescue, #sheltercats. She was imagining not having the brothers she loves so dearly. One little thought at a time Lydia’s heart summons the courage to ask. Posted on Last updated: September 7, 2020 Categories Confessions. ... December 20, 2020. Happy Gotcha Day!! Adoption is amazing and even more that you have pictures and videos to look back on. I sat with Lydia and went through question after question. The Cat on My Head’s Manx, tabby Sawyer celebrates his third Gotcha Day and joins Wordless Wednesday blog hop at Comedy Plus. And suddenly, every face I saw could somehow be a relative, an aunt or uncle, maybe even her birth mother. So here's how it went down. I ponder how a precious little girl born on the other side of the world is sleeping soundly upstairs right now. A plan for Lydia’s good, to give her hope and a future. I want to remember. Oh Katie and Lars – every word of this speaks to my heart and for my heart… Grateful with you and always praying and holding the same ponderings. I ponder all of it and some days it overwhelms me with grief. Happy Thanksgiving! We don’t know and it’s hard not knowing. [7], The arguments for celebrating, especially with international adoptions, include that it is a "firm date in history" whereas exact birthdays and early milestones may be less sure. 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