Gia đình Day

20 Mar

I’ve always struggled with what to call our Adoption Day. Some people call it Family Day or Gotcha Day, but neither felt right to us. Our dear friends & travel companions came up with ‘za ding’ or family in Vietnamese & now we have a name for our special day.

Five years ago, J~ & I stood before a provincial official & were entrusted with the care of our daughter. It was a day that I will never forget. The days leading up to it were pure torture. The ride out to the province was full of apprehension. The ceremony was incomprehensible (mainly because it wasn’t in English). The drive back, full of joy because this little girl was finally ours.

Happy Za Ding Day T~!



5 Responses to “Gia đình Day”

  1. Kristi Leckband March 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    So do you celebrate the day she was placed in your care? Do you celebrate the day she officially became yours? How do you handle that?

  2. K~ March 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    We celebrate the day of our Giving & Receiving Ceremony. That’s when, according to the Vietnamese gov’t, she was legally ours. We don’t do much – today T~ & I looked at our trip pictures, I told her about the day & we had root beer floats to mark the occasion. Had our night not been packed with basketball awards night & Boy Scout Pinewood Derby, I might have made some Pho too.

    • Kristi Leckband March 21, 2012 at 11:48 am #

      Thanks for the info. I’ve been wondering which days will receive more of our memories than others.

      • K~ March 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

        There are so many days to mark. We usually do the picture thing on her referral-versary. This year I totally missed the day we first met her. Then there’s the day we landed in Chicago & she met her brothers & 2 days later she was baptized. We concentrate on the referral day & the G&R day, otherwise she is the center of too many celebrations. We try to make Za Ding Day more about our whole family rather than just her.

  3. Kristi Leckband March 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    Like you, we don’t want to do too many celebrations either. We don’t want her to be the center of too much of that stuff, but we want to remember those times, too. I like the idea of going through the picture-book and having root beer floats – something small but yet remembered.

    Hopefully the referral comes soon, although the pace is dreadfully slow again.

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