Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A+A Adopt(ed) a baby (J!)


Yesterday morning a little after 9 am we promised to care for our J until she reaches adulthood and, if necessary beyond. Our petition to adopt was granted and our family is now official in the eyes of the state! It was a pretty great day.

Being sworn in:

The judge was especially impressed with the number of our friends and family who came to witness our finalization. Thirteen of our adult family and friends showed up, with folks flying in from Minnesota and California, and four kiddos came along to boot. Here is J with her three cousins from both sides of our family.

J was stoked that her friend Phinney made it to her special day!

And our family portrait, on our finalization day.



I have to admit, it feels pretty good to be official. I really liked our judge, who deviated from the required script and asked me to introduce everyone in the room to him and gave us an opportunity to say some words of our own, on record, about our daughter and what she means to us. I don't remember what I said but I did appreciate the opportunity to say it!

And a special thanks to my dear friend Breanne who took all these pictures for us. Check out more of her work here.

So that is that, blogosphere! It looks like, at the very least, this blog needs a new name. I have some ideas about where I'll be taking it next that should become reality sometime in the next couple of weeks. September is busy - lots of catching up on work and consulting jobs before school starts again at the end of the month, not to mention Sunday School launching this weekend - but I'll do my best to be quick about it.

19 comments:

  1. This post made me cry. Congrats!!!

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  2. congrats!

    i love the pictures of u guys behind the judge

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  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures and so many CONGRATS being sent your way!! Finally, you can exhale and just enjoy... what a special day !

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  4. *happy tears* so happy for you all! <3

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  5. Sitting here a work wiping away tears too! I'm so happy for your family! Thanks for sharing your special day with us!
    Jen Shelby

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  6. She looks adorable in that dress. And the cousins together is such a great picture.

    Congratz on this day. Just a formality but such a big step as well. That's so great that so many family and friends came.

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  7. One of my favorite blog posts ever!! Amazing and full of love.

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  8. Yahoo! Congrats. Such joyful words and photos. Just beautiful!

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  9. congratulations! wonderful pix.

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  10. i love the pic with the judge. he looks like such a kind man. this is going to sound awful, but that twinkle in his eye reminds me of either a character on "anne of green gables" or uh, santa claus. and while i'm at pointing out likenesses, in your family portrait, you look like that chick from "scrubs." much love to your family & congrats!!! a+a+j! --miss eagle eye

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  11. Just stopping by and and congrats! This is awesome news!

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  12. Yay! How wonderful! And so awesome to have family and friends there for the occasion! J is beautiful!

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  13. oh my! i'm so late checking in and see i've missed an important milestone!

    congrats you guys. what a special day. i very clearly remember our day and even though you've been "official" for awhile it feels so good that now absolutely everyone thinks so:)

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  14. Congrats! How great to be official, and what a treat to have such good photos of it!

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  15. yay! super cool! that picture with the judge says it all...

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  16. Congratulations! And now we look forward to the same wonderful day for Nate, Dayspring, and our precious Simone. :)

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  17. Congratulation! We had the same judge for 1st adoption in 2004. Although he had much less facial hair back then.

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