Welcome and Thank You for visiting!! For those of you who may not know Mark and I have decided to expand our family thru adoption. We have always considered adoption as an option for us, and after many months of discussion and research the decision has been made. On January 22, 2011 we mailed off our initial application to Madison Adoption Associates. On February 2, 2011 we officially started the adoption process by mailing off our signed contract. We have applied to adopt a Waiting Child from China. By adopting a Waiting Child that means that the child will have some form of special need. These needs can vary from minor to severe including such things as cleft lip/palate, deformity of limbs, developmental delays, etc.... We have researched the needs we feel comfortable with and will discuss these with our caseworker as things progress. Rest assured that this is a decision we did not come to lightly. We have spent a great deal of time considering all of our options and feel that this is the path that is best for our family.
Some of you may ask where the name of our blog came from. "Gotcha Day" is the phrase used to describe the day you actually have your child in your arms. So, we are now counting down to Gotcha Day, and praying it will be a short wait.
Just to give everyone an idea of time frame you should know that adoption is a paper chase. That is why we are "paper pregnant." Much like a normal Mother/Father would come to their child thru Dr.'s appointments and ultrasounds, we too are on a journey to our child, only our journey is with paper work and home visits. Each step is exciting and brings us one step closer to bringing our child home. We are hoping to have all of our paperwork together and ready to turn in on my 30th birthday in July (both parents have to be 30 to adopt from China).
We will post frequently to keep everyone updated on where we are on this journey, so check back often.