Adoption Day

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It’s official! We are thrilled to announce that Maddie’s adoption was finalized today at 9:30AM. After a year of uncertainties, we are thankful to call this sweet little girl our very own for good.

It was an early day for us since the courthouse we needed to attend was an hour and a half away. Thankfully, it was a very quick process. We arrived, waited 10 minutes, and were then escorted into the court room to sit before the judge. We signed the official paper work. Our county caseworker, Carrie, presented our case before the court, we raised our hands as we were sworn in, and we were asked to describe our feelings for Maddie, which Colin thankfully did otherwise I would have bawled my eyes out. The judge expressed his appreciation and then declared our adoption final.

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Madeline was a calm as could be, munching on a cracker while sitting on Colin’s lap. Warren was more nervous. He didn’t want to respond when the judge asked him conversational questions. He brightened up when the bailiff handed him a toy deputy badge and the judge told him he could pick out a stuffed animal for Maddie and for himself.

What an experience. With Warren, we only received news after it was all done. We never had to appear in court. This event made the end feel more real. I’m so thankful it’s all over.

We cannot thank you enough for your support and prayers and words of encouragement. We could not have done this alone. Thank you, Carrie, for your attention to detail and efficiency. Thank you, ANGELS–Meichelle, Stacy, Jennifer, and Rosa–for bringing our little girl into our lives. She’s just where she needs to be.

14 thoughts on “Adoption Day”

  1. As I read this, so many things passed through my mind – The waiting, the prayers, the faith, the decisions, the surgery, the recovery, the love…These pictures are little snapshots of the first moments of eternity. Welcome home, sweet Madeline. I am sooooo grateful to know you.

  2. Oh my goodness I was choked up reading that post. I’m so glad everything has FINALLY gone through. She is such a sweet little girl and I am so glad she found such a wonderful family to spend eternity with!! LOVE YOU GUYS 🙂

  3. I am SO happy for you guys, it brings tears to my eyes! [You all] are amazing! I am so proud to be your friends.

    LOVE you guys!!!
    -the Sopers

  4. Oh, this makes me SO so happy and relieved for you- it’s OFFICIAL! We can finally see Maddie’s beautiful and ever-sweet face on this blog :)You guys are incredible. Reading below all that you have to go through, I never was one to think that was an easy route, but also never knew details like you described. 40 hours of parent training EACH time you do it again?! Your children are so so blessed to have you both and I’m so grateful for your example of Motherhood and true unconditional love.

  5. I’m so happy for all four of you, this is the best blog post I have read in a long time. Now you should make up for lost time and post lots of pics of Maddie’s adorable face, because even though I got to meet her once, I can tell how much she’s grown in the last 6 months. Yeah for you all!

  6. Wow, BIG congratulations to you guys! What an adventure you’ve been through to get her to be a permanent part of your family. I’m so happy for you guys. Thanks for sharing pictures of her, she’s so adorable!!

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