Gotcha Day - 2 Year Anniversary

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Happy Gotcha Day, Liam!

I can’t believe its been 2 years already!   As many developments as the past year has brought, its hard to imagine what’s in store for us in the year to come.

Here’s what has become our traditional stairway comparison photos on Gotcha Day:

Liam’s Gotcha Day 2008 Liam’s Gotcha Day 2010

After dinner, the festivities continued with the traditional homemade Gotcha Day cupcakes!

Gotcha Day 2010 Cupcakes Gotcha Day 2010 Cupcakes Gotcha Day 2010 Cupcakes


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2 Years Ago Today...

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Today (December 3rd) marks our 2nd Metcha anniversary.   That is, it was two years ago today that we met our precious son for the first time in Podolsk, Russia.   I had no idea at the time how much that moment would change me forever and, just like the Grinch, my heart grew three sizes that day and hasn’t stopped growing since.

In the past two years, we’ve really become a family and our baby that we brought home is becoming an independent not-so-little boy.   I’m so proud of him and thankful every day that God chose us to be his parents.

Dec. 3, 2007
Metcha Day 2007

Dec. 2009

Family Xmas 2009

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December ’07 Blogtipping

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Blogtipping iconDecember’s Blogtipping post comes much later in the month than normal but it was delayed for the best of all reasons — we were in Moscow at the first of the month meeting our new son, Liam Matthew!   Anyway, better late than never, right?   In honor of our fellow adoptive parents, our picks for December feature just a few of the many, many great blogs done by other parents who’ve either already adopted, or will soon complete their adoption(s):

A Dad’s Journey Through International Adoption is Steve & Stefanie’s detailed account of their adoption of Andrei from Novosibirsk, Russia.   We love this blog because of:
  1. You get the rare "dad’s perspective" that’s missing from many adoption blogs.
  2. Steve’s a funny guy!
  3. Neat videos!
  • Tip: We’d like to see more photos & videos.
Olive You by Frank & Christen is a rare blog in that they haven’t actually started the adoption process yet:
  1. Christen writes about their experiences as they prepare for their Russian adoption in ’08.
  2. Very pretty site design & layout.
  3. Great sense of humor & variety of topics.
  • Tip: We’d just like to see more of those awesome Cayman Island photos!
Family Reunion from Dave & Debbie Brown is a great launching point for other adoption parents — international or domestic:
  1. Debbie’s frequently-updated sidebar makes it easy to keep up-to-date on the progress of lots of other parents’ adoption journeys.
  2. A great variety of post topics including reviews & little inspirational pieces.
  3. Frequent posts keep the interesting stuff coming.
  • Tip: Hey Deb, more pics please!

Now it’s your turn!   Have a favorite blog site you’d like to share?

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We're Moscow Bound

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Moscow stampA mere 8 hours before we were due to jet out, we got our passports back from New York with the Russian Visa stamps.   So, we’re finally on our way to Moscow to meet our new child.   (You can’t imagine how wonderfully weird that sounds to say.)

There’s no way to thank you all enough for the tremendous outpouring of support & prayers.   It’s an incredible feeling to have so many people pulling for us!     Keep an eye on our Russian Adoption Journal this week for updates.

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Giving Thanks

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving — a day for giving thanks — sounds so simple but sometimes we get so preoccupied that we let the opportunity for showing our appreciation for what we have pass us by.   Well, not this time.   No sir, not when we have even more blessings to be grateful for now than ever before.   Just this week has brought about not one, but two blessings...

Heading For Moscow

First & foremost, I’m thankful - overjoyed beyond words really - that we’re finally set to make our first of two trips to Moscow to meet our child-to-be. We received word on Monday that we’re to fly out on Dec. 1st.   Dede’s already covered this over on our Russian Adoption Journal, but news this big is worth repeating!

I’m thankful that our new adoption agency, Catholic Social Services of North Carolina, came along at just the right time.   Certainly, it’s a testament to their willingness & dedication that we accomplished more with them in just 2 months than we had with our old agency in 2 years.

And of course, I’m thankful for Dede’s incredible diligence & meticulous handling of the mountains of paperwork.   We would never have made such strides without her tireless handling of the dizzying details involved in this process.   If U.T. ever builds a Masters-level course on form-filling & FedEx shipping, she could teach the classes!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention how thankful Dede & I both are for the endless encouragement & support from you, our multitude of friends, coworkers, & fellow, during this whole adoption saga.   The idea that people - some who barely even know us - are keeping us in their daily prayers is overwhelming and humbling.

A New Job

The second big-ticket item on my "Things To Be Thankful For" list:   I got a new job!
I start my new journey at MCH as a Clinical Systems Analyst on Dec. 10th - our first day back from Russia.   On the outside, this might seem like a minor interdepartmental shift but it’s actually a tremendous opportunity.   And it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

So, what’s on your list of things to be thankful for?   Post a comment & share the wealth!


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Jungle Love

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Take a look at our Russian Adoption Journal for photos of our latest home decor project.

Rob & I just finished our hand-painted "safari jeep mural" for the spare bedroom.   We were both really pleased with the way it turned out. So much so, in fact, that we’re thinking of doing another wall...

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Adoption Journal Finally Online

Sunday, January 14, 2007

We've added a new menu tab along the top of our site for Our Adoption Journal. This is a project that I've had in the works for quite awhile to document our Russian adoption journey. I finally got it caught up this morning & ready to share with everyone.

Be sure to check out the "Resources" page for lots of links to useful adoption & parenting websites, books, & other info that we've gathered.

Our plan is to use the journal to keep everyone up to date with what's going on with our adoption preparation and also update it while in Russia instead of sending out tons of emails.

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