My heart is full.
Six months later, we held our daughter in our arms for the first time.
And almost exactly a year later -- on Feb. 21st, 2014 -- we finalized our daughter's adoption.
[Seriously. If that's not a God thing, I don't know what is!]
We've spent the past six months together as a family, but there's something to be said when the
court finally recognizes what we've felt all along:
We are Olivia's parents FOREVER.
Friday's court hearing was so special.
About 50 family members and friends from near and far packed inside the courtroom to witness our daughter *OFFICIALLY* become a member of the family forever.
[Chris had to read it because by this point, I was well into the blubbering cry...]
Here's what part of it said:
"First I would like to thank you for being the sweet people that I know.
Thank you for loving Olivia and opening up your hearts and your arms to her.
It makes me smile each time I see a picture of y'all holding her and smiling with her.
I have no worries because she is in the perfect place with the perfect people..."
After the court hearing, my parents treated everyone to dinner and drinks at the East Bremer Diner [and it wouldn't be a celebration without Scratch Cupcakes, too!].
It was a time for us to thank many of the people who loved and supported our family before we even knew Olivia.
And that people will recognize adoption not as a "second best" option -- but as a beautiful choice for families to grow.
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