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Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Today is Lily's Gotcha Day!!!

One year ago today, Lily's adoption was final!!! We will never ever forget how excited we were to finally have the little girl we had been dreaming about since she was 4 months old and came into our lives. 11 months of worry and sleepless nights finally came to an end!! Our adoption worker called to let us know that the judge had signed our adoption petition!! You can only imagine how I cried!!! Of course I immediately called Rob at work and he couldn't even hardly believe it, he said he'd believe it when we had the actual adoption paperwork in his hands. I called Mom and she bawled like a baby, I called Dad and I think he was crying too!!! Then I called my Sister and I'm pretty sure she was crying!!! Then of course I proceeded to call ALL of my friends, and if I could have stood on my roof and had a fireworks display, I would have!!

Lily came into our lives and immediately won over my heart, and Rob's sooner than he will admit!! She just fit perfectly into our lives! She is so easy going, go with the flow outgoing little thing! I truly believe that everything happens for a reason!! I now know the reason I was given grim news at 27 years old, I didn't understand then why I was told I had Cancer and needed to have an immediate hysterectomy. I do know, God must have know that this little girl not yet even thought of would need Rob and I, and I am so great full! I would go through it all again, a million times over if I knew that this Princess would be ours!!! EXACTLY 6 years to the DAY of my hysterectomy, our adoption of Lily was final, you can't tell me that was a coincedence!!!!

We are heading to Build A Bear tomorrow night to start our Gotcha Day tradition!

Did you guess right about what today's post would be??

Look how much my baby has grown since 1 year ago. I can hardly believe it!!


Anonymous said...

Rob & Lori - I am so glad you finally got the answers to your prayers. Lily is such a beautiful and wonderful (at times a stinker) little girl. We feel very lucky to have all of you in our lifes. Congrats to you on your 1 year anniversary. Happy Mother's and Father's Day!

Love ya,
The Algers

SpAzzGiRL said...

big congrats! What a sweet story too.

Shanna said...

Lori! I am in tears reading this! Of course I cry at EVERYTHING right now with my hormones RAGING but what a special day! I love that you call it her "gotcha" day! What a blessing that you and Rob had enough faith to know things would work out the way they were supposed to! And now you're reaping the rewards! I love you friend! Enjoy that sweet little girl!

Lisa said...

I am so very happy for you guys. What a blessing!! It is a very special day indeed :)

Lisa said...

WOW - what a special day indeed. I'm so glad that for you - this dream was realized!! And I too believe everything happens for a reason - the dates being the same was no coincidence. I think that was just a hint that 'hey, this is why'. WOW!! I know that there's a great reason why Cole was diagnosed with cancer and I don't have the answer yet - but I know it was in God's plan all along. Sounds like His plan for you guys has worked out perfectly!!

Cricket said...

huge congrats!! What a truly touching story. God does work in amazing ways!



Wooow oh wow!!
Happy "gotcha day" to all of you.
So so very exciting news for your family. I just loved your story. Like I said before you are a special lady and now I know you have another special lady at yur side (and guy too)!! Best wishes girl..XOXOXO

Anonymous said...

YES!!!! I am soo excited for all of you, she is such a princess and now that you have her and she has came into my life and can't picture it without her. That is my Lily Bug and more importantly that is you and Robs Lily Bug that you waited so long to have a child to call your own. I don't know what else to say, other than I am so happy and excited!!

I had a great time with you and Lily Bug at Applebees Monday night I hope both of you did as well.

Talk to ya later


Katy Lady

Lillsisslill said...

CONGRATS and happy Happy "Gotcha day" to you all!


Charin said...

Aww, how sweet!! :) I love seeing people adopt and treat these beautiful children the way they deserve to be treated! :)
Thanks for visiting my blog today :)

Danielsmommy said...

Congrats to you and your family Lori!
So deserving and what a blessing to your life!

I hope you guys enjoyed your "gotcha day" and had a nice relaxing weekend!

Jules said...

Congrats! I couldn't read the whole story I started to get wattery :)

Denise said...

Blessings to you all! That reminds me, my Gotcha Day is September 6, 1966 ;)It is so awesome that you celebrate this! What a terrific idea. Love to all!

scrapnic72 said...

Lori, I love your story and you are so right....we often don't know why God allows things to come into our life, but we can have full confidence that He knows and that it all is designed perfectly to work together for good. Congratulations on your one-year celebration of Lily and your family...thanks for sharing your joy!


Anna M-W said...

All things happen for a reason. You are truly blessed!