What Can I Say...
The adoptions are not final yet but we have reached a HUGE milestone.
As of July 21, 2o10 the boys have officially been "permanently placed with us pending adoption".
What does this mean to us - especially since we have had both boys since birth? It means they are no longer "foster kids".
1. It means we have registered them for Alberta Health Care cards. (done today)
2. It means we have registered them on my benefits plan at work. (done today)
3. It means we have completed all the paperwork we possibly can and now all we do is wait for a court date - which we have been given as August 6th. (We signed the very last piece of paper yesterday.)
I thought we would go to court, sit in front of a judge and all that good stuff, but we don't.
The judge comes to the north once a month and apparently sits in a room and goes through all the documentation. We never see the judge, but when all is said and done we get a phone call and in a few weeks we get documentation saying the boys are 'OURS'.
We have letters which state that the boys have been placed with us and that we can place adoption announcements in our church papers (don't have one) or in the newspaper (I called them but I need to call next week!)
I cannot believe it is here. The first 24 hours after we got the letters I was numb, I didn't believe it was really here. Now that I have spent the morning calling and getting all this other stuff done I am so excited I can barely stand myself. My hands are shaking.
I have wanted for this moment to come so that I could spill all the gory details this journey has taken us through, but now I just want the court date to come and go and I want to move ON!
Perhaps one day I will come back and share sordid details. The trip has been an emotional roller coaster to say the least and I was never sure this day would actually come. we have been to hell and back - but here we are..... and I am more thrilled than I have words to express.