Here are a few pictures of the day...
|Waiting to go into the courtroom.|
|Full of smiles for Grandma.|
|Grandpa entertaining the boys.|
|So enthralled by Grandpa!|
|Grandpa and all his grandsons.|
|Being a helpful cousin.|
|Grandpa and Grandma with all the grandkids.|
|In the courtroom.|
|Yep...we have this baby too! :)|
|"Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth...?"|
|The judge signs the papers and gives the kids a lollipop--that makes everything official!|
We were a bit intimidated going in, not knowing what to expect, but the judge was so kind and obviously very happy about this part of his job. He explained that he has ten children--several of which are adopted. He told us that he held us in as high regard as those who serve in the military. What an honor!! He simply asked us a few questions, gave us lots of good advice, took pictures with us, let the kids pound the gavel and have a lollipop and signed the final adoption papers.
Many people call the final court date Adoption Day or Family Day, but since we feel that Buddy has been a part of our family since birth, we will celebrate this day as his Name Day in the future--the day he received his last name.
Happy Name Day, Buddy!! We love you and are so glad that you are a part of our family!