It's Official! Noah is ours!!
We got to the courthouse a little after noon. We took all our stuff and put it in the bin and shoes off and belts too go through the metal detector start heading to the 4th floor when a police officer tells us we are in the wrong building. LOL. So we go back outside cross the street and do it all again in another building.
It didnt take long for the tears to start. Paul and I were sitting in a room with our attorney and she was asking the questions that they would ask in court and the realization of all of this just came over me and it was beyond my control. I prayed that God would let me feel my true emotions and not be afraid and hide them. After our meeting we headed back out into the corridor. There were so many families there. I think I heard that Gladney had 13 adoptions that day. There were many many more today as well. We met a family with their first baby, 6 month old Mackenzie. We wished them a happy adoption day then we all headed into court. The first child to be adopted had about 35 to 45 people there with him. Everyone was hootn' n hollern'. The judge was great. We watched as family after family went before the judge and welcomed their child into his/her forever family. It was beautiful. Then it was our turn.
We called Paul's mom and my gram and put them on speaker phone during the adoption. They enjoyed that. Take a look.
Yep! Noah pulled the judges hair!! LOL
After it was over the kids got to pick a stuffed animal and have cookies and punch. How cute! They loved it. Then we headed to Razoo's to eat lunch/dinner. We went to Razoos on gotcha day with the birthparents so I wanted the kids to see that too. Then it was off to Gladney to see where it all happened that day in May. It was great walking around and learning so much about Edna Gladney and how it all started. There was a pregnant girl there starting her journey and a man who had been placed over 30 years ago searching for some answers.
Today was so different than Gotcha day. A lot less emotionally draining. Today was fun and freeing. It was a great chapter in our lives. I am glad we did this. I am glad the kids experienced it. As we were leaving the courthouse Trin said, "We should adopt again." Mike said," Why for the cookies and punch." Without missing a beat Trin said, "And the toys." :) They make me smile. Thank you all so much for the support and prayers as we have gone on this journey. Without God and everyone of you this day would not be possible. I pray you are all blessed more than you could ever imagine.