"So promise me you'll never forget...that you aren't an accident or an incident...you are a gift to the world, a divine work of art, signed by God. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth...Flooded by emotion, overcome by pride, the Starmaker turns to us, one by one, and says, 'You are my child. I love you dearly.'" Max Lucado, God Thinks You're Wonderful

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Happy Gotcha Day Batman!

Oh Cooper...I mean Batman,
Where would we be without you? Or what if you had come to us easily? We certainly wouldn't be the same. Your life has taught me so much, in a different way than your siblings. You rocked my beliefs and understanding of God's deep love for His children. Mama Mandy and I were talking just the other day about how thankful we are for your story. Your story changed so many lives. In a million ways, you saved us from a life of being sideline believers. You forced us to get in the game and live out our faith.
I heard this song for the first time a couple months ago. My sister sang it, and I can't quit listening to it. It's called God Speaking by Mandisa....look at these words. It so makes me think about Cooper's story...
Who knows how He’ll get ahold of us?
Get our attention to prove He is enough.
He’ll do, and He’ll use whatever He wants to.
To tell us, I Love You.
Have you ever lost a loved one
Who you thought should still be here?
Do you know what it feels like to be tangled up in fear?
What if He’s somehow involved?
What if He’s speaking through it all?
Who knows how He’ll get ahold of us?
Get our attention to prove he is enough.
He’ll do and He’ll use whatever He wants to
To tell us, I love you.

His ways are higher
His ways are better
Though sometimes strange
What could be stranger than God in a manger?

So with deeply thankful hearts we celebrate you, Mama Mandy, and your Gotcha Day today!

I love everything about you. I love how you are so wild yet so sensitive and shy at times. I love that smile of yours. You give the sweetest kisses and hugs and you are so tender hearted. I'll never forget your sobs when you realized Charlotte dies on Charlotte's Web. I love how you never sit still, not even for food. I love how incredibly independent you are...you can do anything you set your heart to. I love watching you protect your sisters. You've taught them a lot of boyish things (that toots are funny) but you also kiss them constantly and you love watching them learn and master new things. I love how you live life with gusto and emotion! What a delight you are to watch. I love how you want to be a bone doctor just like your daddy. I cannot wait to see what God has planned for your life and I am honored to walk through life with you as your mommy!

Our usual Donuts for Gotcha Day morning! Our Aunt Stephanie started this tradition for us on Owen's first Gotcha Day!!!
Happy Gotcha Day sweet Cooper!

(And this is just because I couldn't NOT include this adorable pic!!!)


Melodie said...

goodness, between 6 birthdays and 4gotcha days your little family is going to have a calendar full. so much to celebrate and that is so so good! by the way, Owen just looks HUGE now. he's grown up! loved this post.

Rebekah said...

I LOVE all the pictures! Your kids are adorable.

Do you celebrate Gotcha Day on the day you brought them home (even if from the hospital) or the day the adoption was finalized?

Steven and Michelle were both holiday babies, so last year I decided to do Adoption Day parties instead of birthday parties for as long as they are okay with the idea. But when we got Michelle's paperwork in the mail, we realized that their Adoption Days are only a couple days apart.

Now we have the adventure of a biological baby with no Gotcha Day or Adoption Day thrown in the mix :) But at least he/she will have a nice and easy March birthday!

Katie said...

I don't want to be nosy but I'm a little confused. Are Owen and Cooper bio brothers? I have heard about mama Mandy and it seems like she is referenced as both of the boys' birth mom. Just curious.

Katie (PAP of a little brown boy from Africa)

Betty S. said...

Love the song and thank you for posting pictures of their Gotcha Day ! great memories . love ya my sweet friend.

Chassidy said...

so I'm playing major catch up on reading blogs!! I can't believe how big Emery is getting...what a little doll!! Are you guys coming to the adoption picnic in Aug? Hope so! Miss you sweet friend

Breezy Diamond Sky said...

Your kids are beautiful!!