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Hart Day - My Gotcha Day

Friday, February 12, 2016

Don't worry, this isn't another mushy Valentine's Day post . . . or maybe it is a little bit, but not the normal one. See in our family, Valentines Day is more than just the Hallmark holiday that some people love or love to hate. Valentines Day also happens to be the day that I was officially adopted. Seems fitting that it would fall on that day since my maiden name happened to be Hart.

Many adopted families celebrate the airplane day or the day that they finally got to fly home with their new little one, but since I was only a car ride from home, we celebrate my Gotcha Day.
Gotcha Day has always been one of the most meaningful days of the year for me, but ever since becoming a Mom, it means that much more. It's true that they say your appreciation for your parents grows exponentially when you become one as well. The love you have for your child is unexplainable and unmatched. Feeling that love for Harper and knowing the journey my parents went on to make me theirs is truly the best gift I could have ever been given. I know that journey wasn't easy, in fact it was probably the most difficult thing they've ever done, but I hope the relationship we have has made every single tough day worth it! They are not only my parents, but two of my best friends! We rarely go more than a couple days without at least texting each other, but usually see each other multiple times a week. We love to travel together, share dinners or just meet up for walks. They are the biggest part of my life aside from Dan and Harper and I am so thankful that adoption brought all of us together.

Now as an adult, having the ability to have the best parents I could have ever hoped for and to be able to have formed a relationship with each of my birth parents has been an amazing experience. I'm so thankful for the openness my parents have always shown with me about my adoption story and I'm thankful that they've always supported me in my search to find out more about my family history. Without their support, I truly couldn't have found the answers I'd been hoping for or built the relationships I'm lucky to have with my birth parents and their families. Adoption is such a blessing in my life and in the lives of so many. Dan and I have talked about adopting in our future, but no matter what I know that because I am adopted, that adoption will always be a part of our family.
If you're interested in reading anymore about my adoption story, you can check out these posts.
Finding Answers: Part 1
Finding Answers: Part 2
Was He More Expensive Than You - Ridiculous Adoption Questions
Stronger Than I Knew - A Visit To See My Birth Parents 
My Family Tree - I'm Adopted


  1. I so love that ya'll celebrate this! My sister's Gotcha Day is the day she was given to my parents in China. It's always such a fun day to celebrate :)

  2. That's so great! Loved reading this. What a unique way to be able to celebrate valentines day :)

  3. That is so great that you have such a strong relationship with your parents. They were blessed to have gotten you and it certainly sounds like you were blessed to get them.

  4. Such a beautiful post, I had no idea about Gotcha Day! I am definitely going to look into it because I just need an excuse to celebrate, haha. But in all seriousness, its lovely that you have a wonderful relationship with your parents and family!
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  5. Awww, I love this so much :) And how beautifully fitting that your last name is Hart AND that your gotcha day is your adoption day. It sounds like it was a match made in heaven--hope you enjoyed your weekend! XOXO