Foster Parent, View from the chair

Gotcha Day

Gotcha Day!

Gotcha Day is the day of adoption!

We would like to introduce our daughter. A spunky 7-year-old little girl who stole our hearts the second we met her. There are no words in the English language that will adequately describe the feeling of sheer relief to know this process is over. She is our forever little girl.

There are so many people to thank for our Gotcha Day. When she first came to live with me many friends and strangers reached into their own closets to dress her and provide toys for her. Crew friends who supported and cheered along the way. Family members who loved her unconditionally.

It was really the body of Christ at work. As I look back through this whole process I can see God’s hand moving the pieces. See Him working in His time. When I wanted to fight He said NO. Be still. I am working things out. When I thought the outcome would be my worst nightmare he said WAIT. Wait to see what I am going to do.

Early on in this process I claimed Jeremiah and changed it just for her. “For I know the plans I have for Little Girl, plans to prosper and not to harm her plans to give her a hope and a future.” (29:11) There were times at night I would pray this over her as she slept. This was my only form of comfort as an outsider. Yes, we were an outsider in the fact we had no legal rights nor say as to what she had to do in regards to visits and the potential for her future.

We could only watch it all play out. It was through many hours on our knees, countless tears, and many long conversations that we were able to patiently watch and wait. Alan has been a rock through this whole process. He was her Daddy from the start. He will be her provider and protector till such a time to give her hand away. I know it will not be all roses and sunshine as we navigate this path. The adoption was an ending to her in Foster Care but a beginning of her as a legal family. We agreed to the ups and downs. We will love her unconditionally for as long as we draw breath. Happy Gotcha Day little girl. #familyof3 #fostertoadopt

To see her adoption party click here!




  1. Happy Gotcha day! What a lovely read. I hope to foster in the future too. #Blogstravaganza

    1. beachchairtracy

      Thank you. We are beyond thrilled!

  2. Happy Gotcha day! So happy that you found each other! #thesatsesh

  3. Player

    Thank you ever so for you post.Much thanks again.

  4. This gave me goosebumps. I read (and loved) one of your posts about your impending adoption on #thesatsesh a few weeks ago so had to come over and read this when I saw your Gotcha Day link. I’m so glad you’re officially a family at last, and wish you many happy years together. Thanks for linking up to #Thesatsesh

  5. Congrats to you and a beautiful post. #PoCoLo

  6. What a fab read, so glad you found each other! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  7. So glad to hear you’ve finalised adoption. I’m an adoptive mama as well (through ICA).

  8. HAPPY GOTCHA DAY! So glad you found each other! #bigpinklink

  9. Awwww congratulations to you all on the adoption! That’s such lovely news and you are all very lucky to have each other. Wishing you every happiness for now and in the future as a family of 3. #thesatsesh xx

  10. What a lovely post. Happy Gotcha Day. Wishing you and your family all the happiness in the future #fortheloveofblog

  11. 889 DAYS?! All three of you are absolute warriors for making it through this! The biggest congratulations to you! I hope you get to enjoy the peace that you finally have!

  12. Happy gotcha day! I know your heart is so full! Wishing you and your family all the best!

  13. Aw how lovely. Congratulations!
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

  14. Kaushik

    God bless you Tracy. I hope your daughter is equally excited to have you as her mom.

  15. Congratulations on your beautiful family! You all deserve a lifetime of happiness together! #DreamTeam

  16. Oh what a lovely post! I’m so happy for you that you have got your longed for daughter to love and cherish for the rest of your lives. Such a special day. Thanks for linking up us at the #bigpinklink this week.

  17. Ahh congratulations and happy gotcha day! So lovely that you’ve each found your forever family xxx #DreamTeam

  18. Congrats, glad she gotcha have a wonderful parents 🙂

  19. Rosie

    I’m glad you were able to prevail, by the grace of God, and the ordeal is over! She is adorable and you are wonderful parents!

  20. Zvonimir

    Congrats , with little delay 🙂

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