Saturday, April 19, 2008

Looking back

On Monday we go to court to finalize our adoption. It is such a simple proceeding but one that makes Ezra officially and legally ours forever. We can't wait. Looking forward to Monday has caused me to reflect on an April day 3 years ago when we finalized our adoption with Bella. Since Bella was born in Utah, we went back there to finalize her adoption. We spent the night at Tim and Shalynn's house and we woke up early the next morning to go to court. Shalynn, Elizabeth, Jess, and Michael all came, too. I remember how happy Bella was. She was so smiley and giggly all morning. And the judge was really great. He said so many wonderful things about birthparents who choose adoption for their children and about families who adopt. He said that he loves when he sees adoptions on his docket because unlike all of the other court proceedings he hears, adoptions are happy occasions. He really made it special by allowing us to take pictures and taking his robe off and wrapping it around Bella. I remember becoming emotional and crying when the judge asked me to testify as to why I wanted to adopt her. I don't even know if I made sense as I cried through a response saying something about how much I loved her and how blessed I was to be her mom. It was an awesome and memorable morning for our family and I can't wait to finalize Ezra's adoption on Monday.



9 comments:

Ashby Family said...

Hooray! We are so excited for you guys and your growing eternal family!

Amy said...

Congratulations - that is so great! What a special day for your family!

Lisa said...

That totally brought tears to my eyes. What a great experience. I am excited for you to have another great experience with Ez on Monday. What a great day that will be..... Next stop the Temple!!!

Lu Lu said...

Congratulations on both your finalizations! I miss adoption work.

Julie said...

I am so happy for your little family. You deserve all of the happiness friend!!

Jolayne said...

Congrats! Is that picture of Ezra one of the professional ones you had done? So cute.

tamiz said...

YAY!! Today is the big day! Hope everything goes smoothly. We're so excited for your family.

KrisJ said...

I love that! Adoption is such a blessing and you guys are such a great fun wonderful family and your kiddos are adorable and so cute! Cant wait to go to the sealing and experience that with you! CONGRATS!

The Mohrs said...

I cried the first time with Bella and I cried again!!! Congratulations!!!! I'm so happy for you guys. There is just something so special about those 2 little nuggets of yours that makes me teary.