Saturday, July 11, 2009

GOTCHA!!!

(Taken from Aleigha’s Lifebook)

July 11, 2004
I could not believe the day had finally come… I was really going to get to hold you in my arms. I had dreamed of this day for so long. We arrived at the hotel sometimes after 9:00 P.M.. I thought maybe you would be waiting in the lobby for me but you were not there. Daddy checked us into the hotel while I went and called Mama Clarita on the lobby phone. She had brought you to the hotel from the orphanage. She told me she would come down and get us and bring us to you in her room. The few minutes it took her to come for us felt like an eternity. I cannot tell you how it felt to walk up to the door of the hotel room and know that you were actually there, just behind the door. I heard you crying when we opened the door. I threw down everything that I was carrying and RAN to you. I picked you up and you immediately stopped crying.
I cried instead.
You looked into my eyes and I held you tight, whispering over and over in your ear how much I loved you and how we would never be apart again. I will never forget that moment in a million lifetimes. God, as always, kept his promise, and the little girl, from the beautiful country of Guatemala, became my daughter as was His plan.
I love you Aleigha Grace and I thank God for the privilege of being your mommy.

Referral picture Home for just a few weeks...

















Today!!!
Happy 5th Gotcha Day Aleigha!!


Love you sweet baby girl. Thank you for these past 5 years- you are such a blessing!

I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you. John 14:8

20 comments:

Holly said...

Thank You God for entrusting these godly parents with this precious life.
What a gift!

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

She is so beautiful. . .

Hope said...

So sweet! What a beautiful girl!

Phyllis said...

GORGEOUS!!! Thanks for sharing and congratulations.
Phyllis

Andrea H. said...

Oh Amy, you just had me all choked up. I was right there with you at that moment and pictured it in my head. What a beautiful girl and what a precious gotcha moment.

His Hands His Feet Today said...

What a beautiful photo-testimony of what LOVE does :)
Hallelujah!
K

Blessed Mom of 8 said...

Amy - I LOVE the photos of her in the traditional Guat. outfit celebrating her 5th gotcha day! That is beautiful!

Enjoying the special memories with you!

Love,
Jill

Liz said...

Amy, This is the first time I'm commenting. Referred to your blogsite from the Riggs. This post as many of your others just seems to touch a part of my heart that is not easily touched. What is a "Lifebook"? Please know your posts are a great encouragement for me to keep on going each day! Thank you, Liz

Kara Grace said...

what a beautiful girl...how blessed you must feel that God chose you as her mama! adoption is a wonderful thing!!!!

Debbie T said...

gorgeous, gorgeous girl! Miss Aleigha Grace, happy Gotcha day! You are a big part of the reason your momma and I became friends! :) Hugs Amy on your very special day!! Love, DebbieT

Kim said...

Oh Amy! Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog so that I could find you. This post is just beautiful .... as is your daughter. I look forward to following along and getting to know your big and beautiful family! Love & Blessings, Kim

sarah in the woods said...

What a beautiful precious little girl! And what a referral picture! I would think a picture like that would make the waiting even harder.

The Lowe Family said...

reading ur blog makes me wanna adopt again. how crazy is that?! i haven't even had the baby i'm growing in side of me...slow down tonto, right?

very precious family, every one of them :) you're so lucky. thanks for stopping by. how did you find me?!

Stacey Tate said...

Amy - Beautiful!! We celebrate our Gotcha Day next week. I get so emotional every year remembering that day! Thanks for sharing. Aleigha is so beautiful and so blessed! Stacey (Maggie's mommy)

Bethany said...

She is just precious! :) I can't wait to adopt- Gotcha Day is such a neat way to celebrate :)

Anonymous said...

We are so blessed to get to be Miss Aleigha's grand parents. She has been such a wonderful addition to our family and our lives. Love you all. Happy "Gotch" Aleigha.

Gram and Gramps

One Big Fat Sugar Mama said...

That was a beautiful story. What is a lifebook? The pictures were awesome, girl!

angie said...

What a sweet and beautiful girl!

Doreen said...

She is just gorgeous!! what a precious face...

jajbs said...

She is GORGEOUS!!!!!