I can't believe I spaced posting about one of the most exciting and important days we've ever had....
London's adoption finalization on June 30th, @ 7:45 a.m.
Let me first tell how it all works out. A lot of people think that it's all final after the birthparents sign the paperwork a few days after the birth, and while that is very, very important, it's not 100% percent legal for about 6-9 months. In those 6-9 months we have a few supervisory visits (aka, our social worker comes and asks the same mundane questions about how we are adjusting...blah, blah, blah), and then all the paperwork gets sent in to the county where we are then assigned a date to go meet with a judge!
Braelyns had a couple complications, so we got a private attorney, and it went super smoothly. To make a really long story short, we were going to finalize London's adoption here in Arizona, but there were paperwork complications, so we finalized though Texas. It was incredible! Texas passed through our paperwork SO quickly! We had to get a private attorney again, but it was totally worth it! Because we live in AZ, our attorney said that Texas law allows us to finalize OVER THE PHONE!!! What?! Awesome!!! Actually in Londons case we never even spoke to the judge! He just looked at our paperwork and signed it off!!! The only down side for me, was missing out on the special moment in the courthouse when the judge actually reads that her last name is changed to ours and that we are legally her parents, AND that we'll have no pictures of us with the judge or anything. Nevertheless it was an awesome moment when the phone call came letting us know it was "official" :>
We can't say enough how incredibly grateful we are to Londons birth parents for giving us the most amazing gift! We love them with all our hearts, and think about them all the time. We love our sweet London, and we can't imagine our lives without her!