September 16th marks one year since we brought the boys out of the orphanage in Karachev. In adoptive families, that’s known as “Gotchya Day”. We celebrated by taking the whole family out for a hike in the mountains, and then meeting up with some friends at a local park for cake, presents, and play time.
We also spent a little time watching videos from a year ago. Can it really have been a year? It really jumps out at you when you see how the boys have developed and grown. From the video in the kitchen in Bryansk where Evan is saying “Ya hochu peet” (I want something to drink), to the scene on the little trikes outside the orphanage where Alex has no idea what the pedals are for, wow – what a year it’s been.
We don’t have enough time to put together a thoughtful posting commemorating the moment, but we thought we’d at least mark the occasion and share a few pictures from the day. Enjoy!