I've decided to create a blog to journal the things that make me laugh everyday. Most of the time it's my daughter Natalee....I hope that you enjoy reading about our adventures.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Gotcha Day 2012!

We call January 11th Gotcha Day.  We tell Natalee that it is the day that we officially "Gotcha."  Don't get me wrong, she has really been with us since she was a couple of hours old, but it wasn't official until 9 months later when we went before the Judge and she banged the gavel.  

Here are pictures of Natalee in January over the last 4 years:

January 2008

January 2009

January 2010

January 2011

January 2012

This last picture isn't the best, but it was all I could get today.  She was not into taking pictures at Chick-fil-a (her favorite).  She wanted to open her present, eat her lunch and then go play.  Mom and Dad played second fiddle to all of the kids in the play area...she made several new friends and was sad to say good-bye to them when it was time to go.  

Every year on January 11th, we stop, remember and count ourselves lucky to have this wonderful little girl in our lives.  She changed everything and made it all better, she is my sunshine, my love and my life.  Happy Gotcha Day Baby!



  1. I love your photo from today. What a gorgeous girl you have. I live the fact that you celebrate Natalee's gotcha day.

  2. Happy Gotcha Day Natalee xxx
    You are such a wonderful mama Lorie xxx

  3. I thinkt that last picture is awesome! What a beautiful girl.

  4. She is gorgeous, those eyes are amazing! I love that you celebrate GOTCHA day!

  5. Happy Gotcha Day!! She is just stunning Lorie and what a blessing!

  6. She's perfect! Look at those eyes.
    (And, she looks about twice her age in that last picture.)

  7. How amazing I am so happy for all 3 of you! You are all so lucky to have each other! :) xxxx

  8. WOW girl i never knew she was adopted, that makes her even more special. love that picture of her :)

  9. Lorie, she is sooooo pretty!! Those eyes and that hair!! Absolutely gorgeous. What a sweetpea.


  10. This is so sweet! I've heard of a few other people doing "gotcha day" with their adoptive children. We have three biological children, and hope to adopt a fourth in a few years to complete our family. We probably will not do "gotcha day" with our adopted child because it may seem unfair to the other kids...but I don't know.