I am getting very excited because next month we are approaching Little A's "gotcha day", a term that I have heard people use when referring to the adoption finalization day. I am not sure what we are going to call that special day yet, but we have decided it is definitely something we want to celebrate as a family. She officially became our daughter forever on April 20, 2010 (although she was our daughter from the moment we saw her). In the future, I would really like to celebrate this day by letting Little A choose a place she wants our family to go out out to eat, followed by a small gift (maybe a meaningful book), and then I would like to tell her the story of her life.
K-lady and W-man really enjoy the nights when we tell them their own "stories".......about my pregnancy with them, how they were born, what they were like. I haven't started telling Little A her story yet, but I know the time is coming soon. To assist in telling her story, I thought it would be helpful to make a little book with pictures, some words, etc. to show her how much she is loved, special, and has her own unique story, just as her older siblings do. I have been thinking about this book for the past year, but finally sat down and made a book on Shutterfly this week. I LOVE how it turned out. I wish I could share a link on here, but if you want to see the book, you will just have to come over for a cup of coffee sometime :) I am planning to read this book to her each year on her special day. My desire is to share a simple story when she is little, and add in more detail as she grows older. There are some special pictures in this book that I have never shared with anyone before (i.e. never before seen footage) :) I think she is going to appreciate having this book and these pictures someday. I was even able to get several pictures of her birthmom, her half sister, and one of her birthfather. And of course the book is filled with beautiful pictures of her first year of life! I won't lie, I was in tears by the time I finished making the book.
If you have a special day for your adopted child, what do you call it? What do you do to celebrate? I feel like this is almost like a birthday for her. I am very excited, can you tell???
Grateful to the Lord for what He has orchestrated,