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Monday, September 15, 2014

6 years...Forever Family Day

Six years ago, Sept. 15, 2008, Forever Family Day:
We celebrated the Noodle's Gotcha Day over the past few days.  Saturday we went out to eat at our favorite Chinese restaurant.  Both girls were so excited to wear their silks!
Sunday, we went to Chuck-E-Cheese as a reward for her summer reading.  Let me just make an aside comment that both J and I really don't like Chuck-E-Cheese.  Major sensory overload, crummy, greasy pizza, overpriced games, I could go on and on.  However at the start of the summer, I told the Noodle that if she read for 1500 minutes we would take her there.  She had been back to school for almost 3 weeks--it was time for us to pony up, since she put in the work.  I will let you in on a little secret...on Sundays, it opens at 11, which is probably the least painful time to go.  You're welcome.
Monday we had a little gift for her to open.  Some years we've gotten her something related to China and other years weve just gone with something she's interested in.  She had been pining for this dinosaur excavation kit so it was a good fit.  I asked her what kind of cake she wanted and she told me chocolate so I made this recipe.  Yum-Mo!
There is lots of discussion in the adoption world about whether to celebrate a Gotcha/Forever Family day or not.  I guess our view is that it was a major event in our family's life and it is a reason to celebrate.  It was definitely the fulfillment of prayers, hope and lots and lots of faith.  Certainly there is an aspect of loss (of birth family, culture, country) but there is also a grafting that occurs.  This article explains the idea so well.
So we celebrate another year of having the Noodle as our daughter and never forget what a blessing that she is to us!

1 comment:

Faye Verquer said...

Cant believe its been that long...you have a VERY PRECIOUS family!