4.12.2013

Macy's Adoption Finalization

 
Yesterday we went to San Antonio for Macy's adoption finalization. Let me preface this by saying that the past six months we've had Macy at home, the adoption has been irreversible. Her birth parents' rights were relinquished 48 hours after she was born. That said, since Macy's birth we've had prolific visits with a social worker, had to fulfill "continuing adoption education" requirements, and the adoption agency has legally been her "conservator".  The point of yesterday's finalization was to cease this sort of supervision and get a birth certificate with Macy's, Danny's, and my name on it. (I asked if we could write in Booker's name too but the judge refused. Rude.)  
 
I was trying to get her to say "order in the court".


 
Here we are, in front of the judge, as our attorney testified that we had completed all the necessary stuff that the state of Texas required us to do.
 

 Here we are again, but in color.

 
 
And alas, after all these years  researching adoption, choosing an agency, waiting for a baby, and receiving precious Macy,we finally heard those words we so craved to hear:
Ha!
 
The judge told us that we were now officially legit and that Macy Carter was officially a Silianoff. (Which was great to hear - but again, she's always been a Silianoff even if we didn't have a legal document saying so.)
 
The judge went on to give us a probation order - stating that every day on this year forward  (April 11th) we must honor the day with two scoops of ice cream - an idea and tradition I love and look forward to incorporating into our family. (Though to be fair we're already honoring many a days in this manner.)
 
In all seriousness, it was an emotional, beautiful, wonderful day that I will remember for the rest of my life. The Silianoffs will live happily ever after.....or more realistically, until Macy's teenage years. =)


THE END
Or is it? Now that this adoption is finalized, we are eligible to start the process all over again.



P.S. More finalization pictures are posted on the Greetings from Texas Facebook page!





27 comments:

  1. And I may have just welled up a little bit!
    So happy for your "official" little family, also I LOVE the cute little judge and her ice cream probation!

    xo

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  2. Congratulations to all. (thru my tears)

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  3. Lovely - so, so happy for you all! xo

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  4. Congratulations to your family on making it official! And what a great order from the Judge - I'm sure Macy will grow up loving that!

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  5. Having gone thru years of infertility and then finally being BLESSED in a big way, I have a special place in my heart for you and your family! I know our situation is not the same, but the result...a beautiful girl to LOVE, is! I wish you all the joy in the world. Nevermind, you've already got her! :)
    XO from Mommy to Mommy!

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  6. Congrats Megan + Danny! So happy for you guys, and Macy is a lucky little girl. I think I'll eat some ice cream in your honor.

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  7. Definitely started crying reading this. Congrats you guys!!!

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  8. Awww. So amazing! Congratulations, Silianoffs!!!!!!!!

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  9. Ummm, homie....you just made me cry. This is just the happiest post I have ever read. I'm surprised I can type right now with these big fat tears in my eyes. I am so so so happy for you all. Macy is the luckiest girl in the world to have you as parents, and you both are the luckiest parents in the world for having her as your daughter. What a blessing. CHEERS!

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  10. She is presh. I so love how she uses her eyebrows in all of her facial expressions. She seems like quite the tiny character. Macy's lucky she has such a stylish mom..That polka dot outfit is absolutely adorable.

    Congratulations to you and your family!

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  11. Soooooo exciting!! Did y'all use Adoption Advocates? Your lawyer looks familiar...:o)

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  12. Congratulations!! Macy is so flipping cute and lucky to have an amazing family!

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  13. Congratulations!! I didn't even realize you were in the process of adopting her, but you must be on cloud nine right now to be finished with the process. And she is such a little cutie!!!

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  14. STOP IT. I'm crying right now.

    I love that little cliffhanger at the end! You guys are the cutest family alive.

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  15. Love this! I didn't know you adopted. So much job for you and your sweet little fam!!!

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  16. Congratulations!!! Um, and I love her chunky thighs.

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  17. um...this is amazing. but by far the best part is her face in the picture with ya'll and the judge.

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  18. Congratulations on making it official! Ya'll are the cutest little family EVER!

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  19. I'm SOOOOOOO happy for you. Congratulations!!!!!

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  20. Congratulations!!!!! I'm sure you guy made the judge's day (not everyone goes to court for such happy reasons)! SO happy for you guys!

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  21. Congratulations! We were also just placed with a baby through AAI. I so look forward to 6 months from now when we get to live this experience ourselves. Love the pictures! Will have to plan all the shots I want.

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  22. Congrats y'all, I love y'all for living her. May God Bless you and keep you safe. Siri

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