The fun of hearing what you all have to say continues! Lori sent me this great question:
What date do you choose to celebrate as your “gotcha” day or “forever” day – or however you choose to name it? With our adoption, we arrived in India, met our girls at the orphanage and spent several days visiting with them and didn’t leave with them as “ours” until a day before we left the country. Also, in India you leave the country with guardianship and have to finalize the adoption here which gives you another day to consider.
So I see our choices for a day to celebrate as:
1) The first day we met them.
2) The first day they left the orphanage with us.
3) The first day we arrived back home.
4) Our court date for adoption finalization.
I tend to think of when we arrived home as our day to celebrate, but I was curious how other families chose their day and what their reasons were. I would also like to know what you call your special day.
Let’s hear it. What day do you celebrate, and while we’re at it, how do you celebrate?
As always, you can post your response as a comment, or you can keep everyone in suspense and email it to me (email@example.com) and I will share it in the “Answers” post.
I look forward to hearing from everyone!
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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.