Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Gotcha Day Memories

There is a tradition in Chinese adoption that the day
you meet your child is called "Gotcha Day".

I am not sure how it got started but we didn't go against the system and try to change it.
We went with it.

So each year on the day we met Sam and Adam we
celebrate"Gotcha Day".

In any adoption the day you finally have your child in your arms is special day.

The smiles you see are genuine. There is an intense happiness and joy to
finally be together forever.

We had a special mother/ son bond from day one. There are hardly any pictures of Greg with Adam this day because I would not let him go. He was so happy to be with us. We had prayed for this since Adam was almost four and it could have been tearful and heartbreaking. He was leaving everything he had ever known. He was happy in China. He was loved and well cared for. He needed a mom and dad and a permanent home but at four he could not possibly understand such things. God answered our prayers that day.

He was so precious.
We could not understand each others language but his face said it all.

The adults in his life were God chosen. From the orphanage director, who originally contacted Harmony Outreach to help with his care, to his nanny, to the house director where he lived to myself and Greg we were all there with him January 25th 2010 to help him make the transition.
Some goodbyes were hard. His nanny had a hard time letting go. He was a favorite and I know why now. I wouldn't want to say goodbye either. Selfless work to raise a child for 4 years then say goodbye. I promised her he would have a good life and we would take very good care of him. I was crying too!

God bless her!
Adam never shed a tear. He was asked if he wanted to go back with them or stay with Mama and Baba. He quickly said Mama and Baba. Can you imagine what must have been going through his head. Total strangers coming for him, saying good bye to his friends and home but yet all the while he smiled.

After all the papers were signed we headed to Walmart.
Really why should Gotcha Day in China be any different that a normal day in Charlotte.
Adam was so curious about where we were.
We are certain Walmart was not part of his routine.
It is now!

I could not take my eyes off of him.

It is not quite like the Walmarts of south Charlotte.

There are meats of unknown origin.

And very long skinny fish.

But in other ways aren't all Walmarts the same.
We actually needed a stroller, some diapers and other supplies to keep our boy happy.
Our guide helped us find what we needed and we were on our way back to the hotel.

Finally a little father/son bonding time.

A bath and some new pj's and our day "Gotcha Day" was complete.
Dang Hao Ren was given a choice. We told him we would call him by whatever name he like the best. He told Lily the house director he wanted us to call him Adam.
Even just today he told me he really like the name Adam.

Thanking God today for January 25th 2010.
We will never forget it!

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  1. Happy Gotcha Day!! You answered the "call" to adopt Adam - traveled some rocky roads -but God knew this sweet boy was to be your son. Enjoy this very special day.

    Love and blessings to you all!

  2. Happy Gotcha Day to all of you! What great pics and a wonderful year it has been for your family! Thanks for letting us follow along with you!

  3. What an amazing little boy! We have enjoyed watching Adam over the last year! We will never forget our journey and will always have a special bond with the families in our Holt Group.

    I am so glad he is healthy and happy and wish you and your family many years of health and happiness to come....

  4. That child is a treasure:) Miss you guys!