Gotcha Day: March 29 One Year Ago


One year ago, we met you for the first time. I remember sitting in a conference room in the Yinchuan orphanage wishing we could hurry through the paperwork faster. Red thumb prints and signatures could not go quickly enough.  Jie Jie was ready with the video camera, and Baba was so excited to see you! Grant was so eager to meet you and give you your new backpack. Me? I had such a nervous excitement. I worked so hard to get all the necessary documents in on time. After we saw your picture for the first time, we had only 12 weeks to complete all the paperwork and have it physically in China.  God not only moved mountains, he moved federal governments! The day was finally here. 

As you walked in with the Ayis, you looked a little bewildered. You had a fresh haircut and new pink and purple shoes that you were especially proud of.  You were so brave walking in to meet your foreign parents.  You had been promised a ride on a fei jie (airplane), after all! You didn't shed a tear until later that night after it was dark outside and you missed Chinese mommy. 


I could have held you forever. 




Daddy had a bond with you from the second you walked into the room and you bonded so well to him. You found so much comfort in Baba.




Meeting new parents and a whole new family is exhausting. Little did we know that this sleeping beauty was only gearing up for the rambunctious terror of a little boy who kicks, bites, and runs! Ha! We still laugh about the time that you kicked Allyson in the rear in the Civil Affairs office! WE should of had the nap that day!  



"A Handful" would barely describe you! But we knew you were a perfect fit. After all, the children in this family come with a personality!  


In one year, you have grown, learned, loved and changed in too many ways to count. 


There are no sores on your head from nervous scratching and no more teeth grinding. No more quiet sullen moments when you don't feel like playing as you think about your China home and Chinese family. You love to sit on my lap and talk, and you love to shave with Daddy in the mornings.  You look up to all the big kid things that your older brother can do with esteem. Wrestling Grant is your favorite thing to do.....not mommy's though! One thing hasn't changed. Your Jie Jie still spoils you rotten and attempts to get you out of trouble. She's cool like that. 
Your English language skills still astound me. Every once in a while, a word pops out of your mouth and I wonder where you even heard of such a difficult word. Your personality is still huge and you still can carry on a conversation with a complete stranger. That's okay, because you are still so endearing when you do it. You add an "uh" sound to words when you're irritated with us like All--EE--UH! or Mom-EE-UH,  NO-UH!, YES-UH! and STOP-UH.  The word I like the best is Ka-pauze it for the word pause.
You amaze me with your adaptability and your resiliency; with your determination and your love. 
You are happy.

You are healthy. But most importantly,
And you are right where you belong. 




We love you San San. 


Kjbikakis  – (March 29, 2011 at 7:22 AM)  

Beautiful Pictures!
Happy Gotcha Day Jake!

Joanne  – (March 29, 2011 at 9:38 AM)  

I don't get to browse the blogs much these days, but today is such a special day. And as always, you move me with your prose. Happy Gotcha day San San!! Love ya Heather! :-)
Joanne and Dan Dan

Rachel  – (March 29, 2011 at 9:40 AM)  

God knew you would be a amazing family! I love all of you and I am so thankful that I have been able to witness such love and devotion!
Love,
Rachel

sidknee  – (March 29, 2011 at 11:04 AM)  

So, so glad we have you guys blogging on here. It freshens up the usual boring days. Great stories from a great Mom, you are the best Heather.
Love, Uncle David

The Raudenbush Family  – (March 29, 2011 at 12:37 PM)  

Since we are right there with you reflecting on this anniversary, gotta say I'm crying reading this one. They definitely are right where they belong.

Kelly

Kristi  – (March 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM)  

He is right there where he belongs! Beautiful reflection of a wonderful day! Bites, kicks and all...
Happy One year guys!

Anonymous –   – (March 29, 2011 at 7:28 PM)  

Just wonderful and touching. What a great entry for him to read in years to come! Congrats.
Ren'e Maxwell

Omi –   – (March 31, 2011 at 5:47 AM)  

Loved reliving the Happy Gotcha Day memories! Sans Sans personality has always been three times his age and 3 times his size.

Annie  – (March 31, 2011 at 1:37 PM)  

So sweet Heather!! It's funny, Lizzie does the "uh" thing on the end of words too - when she is irritated or wanting something that we are not giving her! LOL! Congrats on your first year together!

Julie  – (April 3, 2011 at 3:26 PM)  

Isn't it amazing how God knows long before we do which children He will entrust to our care? We feel the same way about Emerson in that he is right where he belongs. Love it!

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