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!
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:
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. =)