Friday, December 20, 2013

In Which We Have A Daughter For Keeps

We're officially a family of four!

I'm so, so happy to announce that today, just after nine in the morning, we stood before a judge and finalized our adoption forever.  It was an emotional and jubilant day, and I'm so, so glad we've finally gotten there!

We were all a bit nervous-- Eden in particular-- as we headed into the court room.  The judge was fantastic, however, and put us all at ease by trying out some Thai on us!  It turns out he'd recently traveled to Thailand, so he knew a few words.

We were sworn in, confirmed that we wanted finalize, and Eden told everyone that she wanted to be adopted by us.  The judge made the big decree with a smile on his face; it was obvious he loved presiding over adoptions!  Then our pastor, who was kind enough to accompany us to the court room on our big day, said a few lovely words.  After that I tried to say something about how proud and happy I was to see this day, and instead managed to cry instead.  Oh well!

My parents came with us, and it was so nice to have them there in the court room with us to share in our joy as our family was confirmed in the eyes of the law.  Eden's name has been legally changed now to the full name she chose for herself, and we can now move on to the next step (yes, there are still more steps to the adoption process) and apply for her U.S. citizenship.

So we've declared today to be our official "Family Day," and we plan to celebrate it every year.

I'm so glad we're a family forever!

~Jess

9 comments:

Lin said...

Congratulations! Such a happy day!:)

Anonymous said...

So, so happy for you guys!!!!!!!! Lots of love to the McGuffeys!
-Julia

Simply, Sarah said...

Congratulations!

Judges love finalizing adoptions because they represent something so good, when the judges are so often faced with the evils of the world.

I'm so happy for you all!

Chloes Mom Mary said...

Congratulations!! So very happy for you all :-)

Pamela in Duncanville said...

Congratulations! Does this mean we'll start seeing blogs again?

Sarah said...

How wonderful! Quite a happy day for you.

Sarah said...

How wonderful! Quite a happy day for you.

Mary said...

Yaaaaay! :)

Chandra Regan said...

Tears of joy was all I could manage before the judge, as well. I was speechless. When the judge asked Penny about her feelings on being adopted, she answered with one word, "Happy!" May that be the same for your family, with all of the ups and downs involved! God bless you!

 
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