Adoption week continues! We have more posts to share with you so we are going to keep going this week too!
Every year on the date that we got custody of our adopted children we celebrate their "Gotcha day" (ya know- because it was the day that we got-ya!). It is different than their birthdays because it is a celebration of the day they became part of our family.
We adopted our kids from Korea so, they were a little bit older when they came home. My son's Gotcha Day is Nov 5th (almost 9 months after his birthday) and our daughter's is Dec 22 (8 months after her birthday). Since their Gotcha days are not near their birthdays, it makes sense to us to celebrate it at a different time.
Here is how we celebrate:
We don't do gifts. We do lots of gifts for their birthdays so they don't need more gifts. This is a family celebration day.
So far we have gone to a Korean restaurant on every Gotcha Day. Our kids love "Korea Food" (what they call the restaurant that we go to), and so do we, so it is an easy and fun way to celebrate their heritage. Since our kids are 3 and 5 we still pick the restaurant but I think as they get older we will let them choose where they want to eat. It might not end up being Korean and that is OK, it is about being a family!
Our Daughter, Nyah's, First Gotcha Day @ Mirror of Korea
Our son, Kyan's, 3rd Gotch Day @ Mirror of Korea
Before we go to bed that night we tell the story of their journey home. We start back at the beginning - How they started out growing in their Korea mommy's tummy, how we wanted a baby so bad, how we had to do lots of paper work to get them, how their Korean foster mom took care of them while we were waiting for them to come home.
We have photo books of our trips to Korea and we look at the books and talk about our first visits with them and how they acted. We tell them how they acted on the air plane ride home. We show them the pictures of when they were crying because they missed their foster moms. We tell them about how much we loved them from the start! My 5-year-old is just starting to get-it and ask some questions. We answer them as honestly as we can (age appropriately too).
Our son's book:
Made using Snapfish
Our daughter's book:
Made using Paper Catorie
Our kids seriously love these photo books and look at them often.
How do you celebrate adoption at your home?