Gotcha Day “is designed to show your adopted child how much you wanted him and that every year you continue to cherish him.”
yall, I seriously have been blown away this weekend by everyones love + support [that has not stopped since we started this process 3 years ago].
I have been in awe of our God who would see it fit for us to be Camp + Asher’s parents. in awe of God for the growth and change that He’s allowed in them over the past year.
feels like we hit a milestone. my “baylor alli” sent me some sweet words this weekend + in them she said that she always jokes that a child’s 1st birthday party is more of a celebration for the parents as well as to say “we made it” and she said these words, “you made it, Wynne! with flying colors!” and that pretty much sums up how I feel. We made it! We did it! one year is in the books. I can’t wait to continue to watch these babies grow + to see what God has next for our little family!
tonight we celebrated with our sweet community at the park! very low key + casual. Ethiopian themed [down to our outfits!] and all about the kids! we ate cake, played, and celebrated all God has done!
One thing that has majorly blessed me + my family is having other Ethiopians in our community. These girls, oh they are sweet, and I can’t wait to watch them grow up together!
[an annoyed looking Lomi, sassy Asher, happy Emme + missing Eva…it was the best we could do]
I feel like I had my face behind a camera tonight, but it looking at these images tonight it was worth it. I love seeing all these families and parts of OUR story represented. old friends who’ve walked through it all with us, “grandparent” types who have been my mentors and “moms” in Midland, friends from our first community group, friends that we just started walking with in our current community group, our beloved neighbors + great friends, our Ethiopian adoption besties, friends I used to work +serve with, friends who I’ve been in Africa with, play group friends – pretty much everyone and their dog [literally, there was a dog too]
what a sweet picture of community. I hate to think we might have missed this. missed the opportunity for these amazing friendships, support, love, prayers, and hearts stirred towards adoption. what if we had kept this to ourselves and not let anyone else be a part of it? or worse, what if we had said no to adoption?
tonight my heart is just grateful for all God has done. and for my two blessings, Camp + Asher!