Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Adoption Finalized!!!

On Monday, we went to court to finalize Joshua's adoption, concluding a 3 year long journey.

It was almost exactly three years ago that we arrived in DC heartbroken and yet hopeful, heartbroken because our 2nd (and last) IVF cycle was negative, yet hopeful because even in the midst of that cycle we felt our hearts being pulled toward adoption.

Shortly thereafter we began the adoption process. It was a process fraught with many ups and downs and more heartache and loss; an emotional roller coaster is how I hear it often described. But eventually, it led us to our son.

In many ways this final court date was anticlimactic. We have been a family since Joshua was placed in our arms on September 2nd. We sat at a table, answered a few questions in the affirmative, our social worker gave a positive recommendation, and then the judge spoke and signed the order. No gavel, no traditional looking court room, and yet this day was incredibly meaningful to me. I think it is the finality, the officialness, the FOREVER.

In that moment, Joshua JoonSeo became officially, legally, ours forever. And in that moment, he officially took on our last name.

Pictures from the day:

Getting ready for court with daddy.

Handsome boy!

Outside the courtroom, waiting for our turn to go in.

With the judge after finalization.

"I will sing of the LORD's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations." Psalm 89:1

"Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness." Psalm 115:1


The Woodfords said...

How very exciting!! I love the pictures of Joshua getting dressed for his special day - yet, of course oblivious to the significance of it all. He's such a sweet little man! The picture of the 3 of you together is very sweet too! Congratulations, and may the Lord continue to bless your (growing) family!! =)
Love in Him,

I Believe in Miracles said...

Hip hip horray!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited for you. I remember when you went to DC heartbroken. How faithful God has provided for you. YEAH!!!

Courtney said...

YAY! Could he be any cuter in that suit?!! Adorable!!

Christy said...

Amazing! So excited! So happy he's officially Joshua JoonSeo....! :)