In the past week and a half we have had some important events happen in our family!
The first, happened on July 31st. This was the day we had our court hearing to finalize our son's adoption. At 1:30 (or a little after) we walked in to a court room and sat before a judge and answered some questions (what are our names, where do we live, how long have we been married, have we lived in MN longer than a year...) Once we got all of our personal information settled, we were asked if we would love, care, and support our son... Of course we answered "I do" (kinda like getting married!) The judged than signed our Adoption Decree stating that it was in the best interest of the child! Once all the official stuff was done I ask the judge (very respectfully) if we could take some pictures. Here is the one with the judge:
So, now it is official... we are our little king's parents. We have to wait to get his amended birth certificate which will have our names one it, than we can get started on his citizenship.
The second thing that happened was on Aug 5th. It is our son's 9 month anniversary from coming home from Korea. This anniversary is a bigger deal to me than the others have been because our little king was 9 months old when we got custody for him. So, starting Aug 5th, I now have cared for him longer than anyone else. I can now say with confidence- I know him better than anyone else! And each day that passes will strengthen that!
The adotpion process is not an easy one, but each step is petty offical. I kinda like that about it. We were approved for our homestudy, which was like saying "we approve you to be parents". We also had a court hearing to be offically named our sons parents, a judge signed a decree saying it! So, when the hard days come I can look back and think "I have been approved and decreed to be a mom, these people belive I can do it, so I must be able to!"