Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Gotcha!

















Today is Gotcha Day anniversary for Phil and I! For adoptive parents, Gotcha Day is the day that they finally get their child. Our own Gotcha Day is the day we first saw and touched our granddaughter. This is when we went to the airport to see her fly in from China with our son and his wife, landing on American soil. Anne Marie was a very sad and unhealthy baby, Chinese orphanages will do that to you. The word sad should never have to be associated with a baby. These are some of our memories from that day. The first picture is looking out the airport window at their plane coming in, how exciting as we watched for our very first glimpse of them, my heart was pounding!! They had all gotten sick in China and were sick on the plane as well, just so glad to be back home!! The rest of the pictures are the crowd of friends and family that surrounded them, that is me with them in the last picture. Our children had so much love and patience to give this baby, and I hope she has totally forgotten all her bad memories and only remembers her happy home. As you can see by the header, I have never seen a child so transformed and full of the joy of life.

"He gets angry once in a while, but across a lifetime there is only love. The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter." The Message- Psalm 30:5

80 comments:

Nature Rambles said...

Hi Ginny, how wonderful to have a Gotcha Day as well! I'm amazed to see the transformation in Anne Marie. Love can do wonders and she's lucky to be surrounded by it. Thank you for sharing these pictures.

Regina said...

Wow..I got goose bumps looking at her in the header- imagining the transformation! Gee..how touching- she just radiates such joy!! Yikes..so they were sick coming in too? That must of been real rough..at least they had a warm welcome upon arrival.
That's a great group picture too- I'm getting a chain high off your anniversary, ha ha- congrats to you all!

SquirrelQueen said...

Anne Marie was one very lucky baby to have been adopted into such a warm and loving family.

Happy Gotcha Day to all!

Melanie said...

Happy Gotcha Day!!
What sweet pictures! I'm sure that was an exciting day for everyone!♥

Deborah said...

Hi Ginny, Happy Gotcha Day! She is so adorable!!! My friends Ann & Bill adopted a little girl from China and she is also very happy now!
Have a great day my friend!
xxoo
Deborah

gemini said...

I love this picture Ginny, so lovely to have the baby found a home. God bless your family for all you have done to humanity. Prayers and thanksgiving for all of you today.

DawnTreader said...

"We brought a brand new baby back
From mainland China,
Sailed across the China Sea.

She's beautiful, beautiful.
Beautiful, beautiful."

You've really gotta get that album by Paul Simon - Surprise (song title Beautiful) ;)

From the Kitchen said...

From that tentative little hand reaching out to the young woman in the photo to the happy, rosy-cheeked beauty in your header--I love this post. I can only imagine how you felt seeing that plane taxi in with it's precious cargo. It's amazing what the love of a family can do for a sick, forlorn little baby! Happy "Gotcha Day" to all of you.

Best,
Bonnie

S. Etole said...

what wonders love works ... such a blessing for all of you.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Anne marie is so fortunate to have been adopted into such a loving family.Thanks also for that verse.I love how The Message puts it.
Ruth

Tracy said...

Oh Ginny,
What a wonderful tribute about very touching memories. Such beauty and love in those photos and your DIL looks like such a natural being relaxed and joyful. Thank you for sharing your memories of that day!

Sandra said...

i am all teary as i read and look at this. a wonderful touching story. as far as i am concerned you can leave your blog backgroudn and header like this forever. it makes me so happy when it opens and i see her joyful face. i love happily ever after and this says your litle princess landed in clover all the way.

Mildred said...

She is a beautiful child and a wonderful blessing from God. I know she brings JOY to each of your. God bless.

Shug said...

Oh Ginny...What a beautiful post.
Our God is more than wonderful. He has opened the doors for this child to have no more sadness and to have all the love that is needed. HE has also given a special gift to your family. I am so happy and rejoice with you all.
Blessings,
shug

George said...

Congratulations on your Gotcha Day anniversary. Anne Marie is certainly a healthy, happy and beautiful child.

Fred Alton said...

What a beautiful story of transformation through the power of love. God Bless your children for this huge step of faith.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

HI There, We are home after a few days with friends in North Carolina.

Oh how special...Gotcha Day is wonderful for your son and daughter-in-law and for Miss Anne Marie. She's the luckiest little girl in the world and they obviously are wonderful parents. Love your header picture of her.

Hope you are having a good week.
Hugs,
Betsy

Stuff could be worse said...

I love your Gotcha Day! It is nice to see a child transformed by Love
kim

Stephanie V said...

Beautiful post. And what a fun name for an anniversary! You are all so lucky to have each other. The love shines through the photos.

Doris Sturm said...

That was exciting, Genny! I got excited just reading about it. What a lovely event of receiving a beautiful baby girl. Just look at that big smile and those rosy chees on your header. She's an angel. How wonderful for you all to be able to help another human being grow up the way they should!

Bless you all!

sarah said...

what great photos of g0tcha day....adorable and cute....

Karin said...

That is such a touching story Ginny! So glad the Lord has blessed your family with grandkids - they are the best!Lovely photo of a special memory! Anne Marie is a little treasure!

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

What a beautiful child. You are right, the word sad should never be associated with a child. Thank you for sharing this wonderful moment.
Have a blessed day, Sue

Ann said...

I like that, gotcha day :). That must have been one exciting day for everyone. By the looks of Ann Marie now, she's anything but sad

LV said...

What a wonderful thing that was for your family. There are so many children that need a home filled with loving parents. Your entire family will be blessed from this.

pam said...

We have lots of friends who get to celebrate Gotcha days....it's kind of a big deal around here to adopt overseas. I'm so thankful that God is able to touch wounded little spirits and heal them with His love, erasing all the unknown that we can never know.

srp said...

So adorable! I am always amazed to see your backgrounds change so much. Anytime I change my background it is a real pain to get things working again.

Ann said...
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Ann said...

You have done a great job. She has been transormed into a beautiful girl.

Mary said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ginny. Bob and I adopted two Asian children a zillion years ago and we are very familiar with the syndrome you are describing. They ran out of diapers on our youngest daughter's flight and had to use napkins and the headrest covers to diaper the babies, all of whom had serious intestinal problems. Your little one will have no memory of China. You are all fortunate to have found each other. Hugs and blessings to all of you. Mary

Now to answer your question: It will keep for up to a month in the refrigerator.

Bobbi said...

What a beautiful post!! I'm so glad I scrolled down and saw this when I was looking at your most recent. This brought tears to my eyes. What a blessing this baby has been to your family! She is such a sweet little girl!!

Chatty Crone said...

Happy Gotcha Day! sandie

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