Sunday, April 24, 2011

Finalization - FOREVER FAMILY!

We were able to sleep in on Wednesday. We started watching all of the videos that we have of Baby C since we brought her home. It was amazing to see her grow on the video. After showers and baths, we got ready for the big occasion.

When we arrived, our SW was in the parking lot and followed us in. We settled into the waiting area after going through security. Our lawyer arrived shortly after. Within a few minutes, it was time.

The judge went on the record. She made a funny opening remark by saying something to the point of "oh wow, we really have a juvenile on our hands here!" She told us how things would work and swore us both in. My DH volunteered to be questioned first. The judge excused our SW and myself. After just a few short minutes, he came out and it was my turn. I was so nervous, but the questions were very straightforward. They then allowed our SW and my DH back in and she discussed how they were no issues because everything had been taken care of appropriately (consent from our birthmother, etc...). It was time for the paperwork. The judge brought the paperwork to the table that we were sitting at. She asked if we were ready and said "IT'S A GIRL!"

As she signed the paperwork, we all watched. We were estatic. It was intense, but also so calming at the same time. I felt a huge weight come off of my shoulders, but another huge weight was added. We are legally and offically her FOREVER FAMILY and I want to be the best family for her that we can be! She then said that she hopes to not see her their again! (She is the probate and juvenile judge for our county).


Faith said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations! I still can't believe what a momentous day that was for us, yet how quickly it flew by. A less than 5 minute hearing and our lives were literally (and legally) changed forever!

Rach said... [Reply to comment]

Just wonderful! Congrats.

Dale Budd said... [Reply to comment]

Wonderful Day, Beautiful Family! Thank you for sharing this special day with us. So happy for you all, to have your forever family, with precious Baby "C", and now a new little princess,will be joining your family in September! God has truly blessed you both!
Sending Hugs, and a Happy Easter!
A Mom-Mom in NJ

Heather Allen said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations! What a great day! You look fabulous by the way!

Breen said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats on your forever family day!

Jacksmom said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats, I'm sure it was a very exciting day!!!

manymanymoons said... [Reply to comment]

This game me chills. So glad the legal system has finally caught on to what you already're a family!

Ashley said... [Reply to comment]

Congratulations! What an awesome day!


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