2 weeks ago
Friday, August 13, 2010
We achieved another step today in our adoption process. Notice was served today which means the kids now legally have our last name. We signed paper after paper so I think it's official. We both teared up a bit when the notice was read to us. Tears always upset Gaelle so I felt badly because this was a happy moment for us and my tears confused her. But it's been so long coming to this point and it was more emotional than I expected.
The kids didn't know they didn't have our last name because that is what they were used to being called. So we weren't sure whether to bring this to their attention or not, but we decided to go for the whole party deal. Peter had his own official paper to sign.
And Gaelle had hers. All week she's been telling us about going to get our last name. The kids had to miss a swimming lesson but they took it all in stride.
And what's not to like? The social workers had gifts for the kids and balloons and cake. Yummy. Peter asked later, "Did you know it was going to be so much fun?" No. I really didn't know what to expect.
These ladies have been so kind and helpful. Our situation has been out of the ordinary for them and they've taken it all and made it work. We're so thankful for their compassion and generosity. I've actually enjoyed interacting with them and it's been nice to know that when they give us a timeline, it's going to happen.
We still have a few more steps to go but it was great to get to this point today.