…… of seeing this face.
Though I highly doubt it.
Because …… this face!
He’s all ours now.
Well, technically, he’s all Daughter #2’s. But she has to share. 🙂
The hearing was …… well, it was certainly surprising.
Before it really started, the judge was asking D2’s attorney some questions. She didn’t seem all that happy with the answers and seemed to indicate that she would not be on board with Little Man’s adoption today.
Most of us inwardly groaned and settled in, bracing ourselves to hear that this would not be finished today, but at some point in the near future.
The attorney questioned the case worker, and then D2. And she described her life over these past 20 months …… and her love (and ours) for Little Man. She also said what she feared would happen if he were to not stay with her.
I don’t think there were many dry eyes in the room.
She did a great, and very calm job.
After almost two hours both attorneys were basically done (D2’s and Little Man’s). The judge then questioned them.
Again, we thought we’d be returning to this court room at some future date to continue this journey.
And then, almost out of the blue, she looked up and said, “I’m signing the orders for termination and for adoption. And for the name change.”
Daughter #3 and I were sitting together and we both gasped in surprise. And then burst into tears. I really was stunned.
The judge looked over at us and smiled. I smiled at her through my tears and mouthed, “Thank you.”
She asked if there were enough tissue boxes in the room.
Fortunately, there were.
So it is done.
Little Man is 100% part of our family.
Thank You, God.
He not only carries our last name, but his middle name is James.
After his grandfather, who would’ve burst into tears himself upon hearing that.
We had a celebratory dinner tonight. Just him, Daughter #2, Daughter #3, and their good friend/attorney. Oh, and me. We hope to have a party next weekend to celebrate in a big way.
On our way out of the restaurant, who should we bump into but Chip and Joanna (if you don’t know who they are, you don’t watch “Fixer Upper”, and …… I’m sorry), who had already heard the news through the Waco grapevine.
You have to love small towns. 🙂
I’m headed to Chicago tomorrow for my niece’s high school graduation. I know I’ll have a great time. I’m just praying that I’ll be able to get back home without having to sleep on a cot in O’Hare.
Before I go, I’m going to leave you with some pictures.
And a video.
Be careful. The cuteness overload may be too much for some people.
But you might as well get used to it.
Congratulations to your family. He is a very handsome boy and lucky to have so may people love him. The pictures are great and no one ever gets tired of looking at babies!
Thanks, Linda! We all feel pretty blessed to have him. 🙂
Congratulations! And what a beautiful face!
Thanks so much, JSP. And I agree! 🙂
In tears of joy for you all in Munich this morning. Great news!!!! Thanks for sharing. Love jeni
Tears of joy were shed all over the world! Love you!! ❤
I am so happy to see this. Congratulations to daughter and that face. He is adorable. And I am just a little teary reading this story.
Chris who lurks ( but really couldn’t lurk for this news)
Thanks so much, Chris! And I think you’re pretty much a non-lurker now. 🙂
LOL I guess so! Between precious puppy pictures and now baby pictures…well geez! That will drag me out of lurking. All that cuteness….
Oh Janine, I am so happy for your family! I cried when I read your blog tonight. I remember when my adopted child became “officially” mine. He is a darling boy with a smile that ights up my computer. God bless all of you.
Thanks so much, Harriet. I think there were lots of tears for (and by) all of us! ❤
Congratulations to you all. Have loved seeing all the pictures and videos, and don’t think I could ever get tired of seeing that face! So so happy for your family. Still shedding some tears over here!
Thanks, Beth. Love you!!
Congratulations, Grandma, and to D2 and family! Such wonderful news! Look at his happy face! Hugs
Thanks, Kim. We feel pretty blessed. 🙂
He is adorable. Congratulations to you and your family.
Thanks so much, Tracy! 🙂
Congratulations to all! I cannot wait to see many more pictures of that cute face.
Thanks, Phyllis. You’ll be seeing a lot of them!
Awwwww! You made ME cry! Congrats to all! He’s beautiful!
Thanks, Mollie! I don’t think you were alone in having those tears! 🙂
Oh he’s adorable! I love the lemon pic. I have one of my little guy and they look almost identical. I love the lemon face. Its the best!!
Thanks so much, Tami! I’d love to see a picture of your guy! And you’re right … the lemon pics are pretty terrific!
You will never bore us with so much cuteness. I remember how exciting it was when I became a big sister at the age of 6. and again at 7. Congratulations to your family. Love binds a family not blood.
Thank you, Terry! You’re 100% correct … it’s totally love that binds. ❤
Congratulations. Such great news. And such an adorable face. Will look at your pictures every time that I am in need of a cuteness fix.
Thanks, Lori! I hope that I can keep you in a great supply of cuteness fixes. 🙂
Hooray!! Congratulations to your family, and what a beautiful boy, Little Man James. Yay!!! 😍
Thank you so much, Auntie! I, too, think he’s beautiful. 🙂
Congratulations to your family. He’s one handsome lil man. Best to all!
Thanks, Glenda. I happen to agree! 🙂
Sooooo very happy for the addition to your family! What a great day to celebrate!
Thanks, Beverly! We’re all pretty thrilled, too! 🙂