The Abraham Family’s Journey to Russia to Bring Home Their Daughter

January 2, 2009

Family Day One Month Anniversary

One month ago today, a judge in Russia granted the adoption of our precious Alexis Katerina. On December 2, 2008, our family became complete. She became the 5th and final child in our home. She has brought us so much joy already!

We celebrated with dinner at Olive Garden tonight. Lexi was so well-behaved throughout the entire meal. She loves pasta and bread sticks!

Many families celebrate Gotcha Day, but I like the idea of celebrating our court date as our "Family Day". It is the day she officially became a part of our family - the date on her adoption certificate - the date our insurance coverage started for her. And since our ten day waiting period was waived and we were able to pick her up from the Baby Home the very next day, it felt like she was ours immediately.

So, December 2, 2008 will forever be remembered at our house as Family Day!

15 comments:

Carrie said...

Happy Happy Happy Family Day!!!

Carolynn and Steve said...

What a cutie-patootie Christmas picture! She looks SO happy and I'm so glad to wish you a happy one month together!

Anonymous said...

She is so precious! Happy family day! i pray blessings on all of you.

Holly said...

Congratulations!!! She's adorable!!! We brought home our baby girl on 11/29. Happy New Year!

Holly said...

Also, did you happen to stay at the Renaissance in Moscow right around Thanksgiving? Maybe we met--I was there w/ my Mom? I think we met in the lobby as we were going to the Embassy and if this was you, you and another adoptive mom w/ a son were going in a few days. If that wasn't you, then never mind--lol!
Here's our blog so you can see I'm not really crazy:P

www.russiansweetbaby.blogspot.com

Holly

tammy said...

happy one month! alexis looks like she is all smiles. i just want to squeeze her cheeks.

Kim said...

Happy Family Day! We celebrate the boys "Adoption Day" on the days they were officially ours, after all the waiting periods were over. Never waived, nice. :)

Russian Adoption Chronicles said...

What a sweet girl! Happy Family Day!

We have a picture of our boy in that same green dinosaur rocker that she is on.

Chris said...

Happy Family Day! Alexis is looking really happy!

Amy said...

HAPPY HAPPY 1st Month Family Day!!!

She is an adorable little girl. You are all truly blessed.

Carey and Norman said...

Happy 1 Month! Love the Christmas dress. What a cutie!

Becky and Keith said...

Happy Family Day!!! She is just the cutest little thing!! :-) Her smile is oh, so contagious. :-)

Old DAN AND Little ANN said...

What a little doll! Happy Family Day!

Julie Sellers said...

I just found your blog. I enjoyed it very much! Thank heavens for this crazy roller coaster of adoption. Before long we will be counting our family days in decades. You posts brought it all back as if it were brand new!

Julie

My blog:

AdoptionOptionStories.blogspot.com

Troy and Rachel said...

Happy Family Day!! I love the photo!