It’s Legal!

Yesterday we celebrated the legalization of our adoption of Jon and Nick. What a day! Family and friends drove up from Chatham to join us in court as a tear filled judge officiated, happy to celebrate a joyous event in Family Court.

She spoke if how much it pleased her to sign these forms and make the change that happened over a year ago in our heart legal. Emotion choked her up. As her voice caught in her throat my tears fell.

She read Jon’s birth name and legally changed it to Jonathan David Ray Weeks. She read Nick’s birth name and legally changed it to Nicholas Kevin Weeks. I cried some more.

Our group of 17 filled the small court room and celebrated the short (very short!) ceremony with hugs, tears, and pictures.

I didn’t expect to feel any different because in reality, these boys joined our family a year ago. But last night, after the last guest drove away, we cuddled together on the couch and watched a Christmas cartoon. Jon snuggled in close to dad. Kate and Nick curled up with me.

It felt nice.

It felt right.

It felt like the beginning of forever.


12 thoughts on “It’s Legal!

  1. Carol Greenwood says:

    What a beautiful Christmas blessing……………lost for words but just smiling at God’s perfect plan for your family. Sending you love and hugs, Neill and Carol


  2. Lisa Lethangue says:

    AWESOME!!! What an incredible Christmas gift! I get goosebumps when I think about how one year ago you were still adjusting and now look at you! It’s like they were always a part of your family! Praise God! Lisa


  3. Debbie says:

    What wonderful news! I have been to one such ceremony, and it is indeed joyous; a lost vulnerable sheep has been rescued from certain harm and brought to the safety of a fold with a shepherd (two, actually!). May God richly bless your forever family. He is good!


  4. Laura Meraw says:

    Congratulations! You’re waiting has finally paid off. God has given you the family you so wanted. Although we don’t visit often, it is such a blessing for me to hear about how God is blessing you, and so encouraging when do get together. Glad that you now have “legal” to prove what was so evident when I visited last February – you are a wonderful family!!


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