Friday, October 10, 2014

Gotcha Day 8 years later

How did 8 years fly by so quickly?  How does it seem like this girl, our Kat has ALWAYS been here with us?

Yes, it's been 8 years since we were handed our tiny girl, our 7th child, first adoption.

  Crying and not-too-thrilled to meet us, we were smitten with Miss Kat the very second we laid eyes on her.  Such a precious sweetheart she was.

Her adoption was totally started for selfish reasons-- we wanted to add a little girl to our family.  We weren't looking to be any different than many other families because even now we are just 2 regular 'ol people. 

God took our adoption of Kat to open our eyes to the need, to the plight of older children in China and He placed on our hearts the burden to care.

To DO SOMETHING. And He followed that up with never leaving us, through 5 more adoptions, many, many funds needed, trials and difficulties to get these 6 home and even now long after the last adoption has been completed to guide us in raising all of our precious ones.

Even that bio one still home:)  The guy who claims Kat wouldn't be here if he didn't ask for "a  little sister to play with" and drove us nuts asking and asking, even trying to "find" a sister in the Christmas catalog.  Seriously. 

And as much as Camden picks on this sister he badly wanted, they also have a very special bond and love each other very much. 

And how could we not fall deeply in love with this girl and see what a treasure she was and want to add in more treasures to our life? 

She's growing up, our precious girl, soon to be 11 years old. She still loves to draw things, make little cards or papers for me and her dad.

She likes music, likes to read and ride her bike. She's a great big sister for Phoebe to learn from. 

Kat's Gotcha Day Anniversary will consist of a fun gifts (Word Find book, pencils, gum, hair stuff, snacks she likes, lip glosses) and a Thank You card from us, saying "Thank you for being our girl."

She's such a joy, even when I am puzzling over the fact that somehow, some way, God made this little China girl with MY personality-- who acts JUST-LIKE-ME  and she ended up a part of our family. 

 I still don't know how that happened since I wasn't anywhere near China in 2003 when she was born. I swear it. 

At times, quite stubborn and temperamental-- I totally "GET" her.  I really do. And we adore this girl, our longed for, prayed for, cried for, yearned for--- little girl.  We love her to the moon and back.  Could-not-love-her-more.

We are so thankful for the blessing of her. And for what her adoption opened our eyes and lives up to.  5 more children we didn't expect to join this crew and become family members. We feel so incredibly blessed to have all of them and our homegrown children as well.

I wondered before we adopted her, would I  have the same "mother's intuition" with her? Then she needed her tonsils and adenoids out, only home a few months but when I told hubby and the nurse "She's crying and needs me." They could not hear her.

 But I told the nurse she HAD to go check and when she did ---- Kat was in the recovery room and was crying for me. I KNEW.  I had no doubt after that day how deeply she was planted in my heart.

Adoption is an amazing journey and we are so thankful to God for this one, this precious child. Once called orphan. Now our beloved daughter forever and ever more.

Love you tons, Miss Kitty.

Happy Gotcha Day!!


Monkey Tales said...

8 years! It seems like yesterday, but also like the girls have been home with us forever. She is growing up beautiful!

Sherri said...

The years seem to be flying by faster then ever now. Happy 8th Gotcha Day! She's such a beautiful girl. We will be hitting our 3rd in Feb and to think she will be 4.

Grandma Shelley said...

Wow, Vickie, I can't believe it has been that long ago! I remember reading about it at the time. She sure did start something for you guys! Congrats! You have an amazing family.