The Journey Home

As a family brought together by adoption you have the added joy of an extra holiday in your family. ?Growing up my Gotcha Day happened to be my birthday so my mom always went the extra lengths to make my birthday extra special. ?It was never called Gotcha Day, but I knew.

Three years ago today we became a family. ?Man how the time has flown by. ?I would love to write something eloquent about what life has been like the past 3 years. ?I just can’t find the words. ?Instead, I’m going to give you a video tour of what it took to become parents. ?I will warn you… this video is 30 minutes long (hey, it took 2 years to get the child). ?Long time followers may also need a box of kleenex.

I asked Derek to make this video for me for 2 1/2 years. ?He finally did it last winter. ?We gave this as our gift to our parents for Christmas. ?He slaved away at it every night for 2 weeks straight.

(if you missed the movie please email me at, I may still share it with you)

I would love your comments on this one please. ?Back in the day we had hundreds of people who followed us on our previous blogs. ?Those people carried us through everything that we went through. ?We couldn’t have done this without you. ?This video is as much for you as it is our family, friends and our beautiful little boy. ?I will warn you, I will have to remove the video in a week or so. ?It does have photos and video of Alexander and since he is not my child I need to respect his and his family’s privacy. ?I just wanted to share just this once.

Happy Gotcha Day Oleg!

22 Comment

  1. Nathe Lawver says: Reply

    :). Hugs!

  2. Lauri says: Reply

    beautiful.. Happy Gotcha Day

  3. Liv says: Reply

    Thank you for sharing. I can’t really think of what to say beyond that. Oh Happy Day indeed! Happy Momiversary. Love you girl.

  4. Fantastic job on the video. What a treasure for you to have that. Happy Gotcha Day!

  5. Carrie says: Reply

    Lovely! Thank you for sharing your journey. Then AND now!!

  6. kristin says: Reply

    All I can say is “WOW!” Happy Family Day!

  7. Elle J says: Reply

    Speechless. Beautiful video. What a journey you have been through. Your son is so handsome and full of a happy life. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Nancy says: Reply

    thanks for the tissue warning, I of course needed them. Happyfamily day!

  9. Jenny M says: Reply

    I loved this video! Thank you so much for sharing it with us, and we love having your all as part of our extended-chosen family. Blessings!

  10. Tricia says: Reply

    I’ll need to grab some quiet time in the next day or two and watch.

  11. Karen says: Reply

    What a beautiful video and what an amazing journey your family has had in such a short time. Though I’m sure I hasn’t felt short at all for you!

  12. Karen says: Reply

    P.S. Happy Gotcha Day

  13. tacomachickadee says: Reply

    Dang it, did cry. Love you guys.

  14. Kim says: Reply

    I cried. Amazing video, what a blessed family.

  15. mom says: Reply

    And I might add it is one of the best presents I’ve ever received. O has brought us so much joy and I’m counting the days that my time can be spent more so with you and him!

  16. ani says: Reply

    amazing! what a wonderful keepsake for Oleg and the entire family.

  17. Crap. I don’t know how you got through chapter 1 but thank goodness you did because chapter 2 looks pretty darn amazing.

  18. Kami says: Reply

    Wow! Thanks so much for sharing something so special and sacred with the rest of us “followers”! You are a beautiful girl with a gorgeous family! Loved it!!!

  19. Lea says: Reply

    Wonderful; brought tears to my eyes and brought back a lot of memories. The boys watched much of it with me and they really enjoyed it.

  20. […] also want to thank you guys for the comments on the video. ?It does mean a lot to me. ?I just need to start skipping to the second half (Unexpected […]

  21. John says: Reply

    The video is amazing. We both cried, then laughed, then cried some more. It really helps put things in perspective for us. With all of the problems and delays we’ve faced, they are nothing compared to what you guys went through with Alexander. It also serves as inspiration in that as hopeless as things seem, there is still reason to keep fighting.

  22. Katie "Illing" Flack says: Reply

    What a Beautiful video thank you so much for sharing it truly was a blessing to watch how God works. Blessings to you and yours!

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