As of March 4th, 2014 our adoption journey has come to a close. We walked into the court-house with Muppet in our arms and listened with joy as the judge proclaimed that her adoption was finalized and she was, in the eye of the law, our child.
Not that this really changed anything. I didn’t feel any different as we left the court-house, because she has always been my child. I’ve never for a moment felt otherwise. But there is a huge sense of relief that we no longer have to worry about the other shoe dropping. It was so incredible to hear the warm word of encouragement come from everyone involved in the process. When on the stand giving her testimony, the adoption agency representative was asked by the judge if she believed it was in Muppets best interest to be placed with us. She looked at us with warmth in her eyes and said “Absolutely” and the judge looked at us with an enormous smile and said “So do I”.
It is so crazy that she is already 6 months old. The day of her birth enters my mind every single day and I treasure that incredible moment when she was placed in my arms. It is amazing to look at her now and see how much she is thriving. She started crawling the same day of her finalization, as if she was celebrating along with us. Her smile absolutely lights up my life, I know I am so lucky to be on the receiving end of all her love. She touches everyone she meets and is surrounded by so much love. She is truly a special little girl.
On Valentines Day my sweet husband made me a card with Muppets picture on the front. Inside he wrote “I’m so lucky to have the family that I do.” Neither one of us would ever have imagined that this was how our family would come about, but he was right. This is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to us.