Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's finally over!!

As usual I was the first one up this morning. I really didn't mind though because Skylar went to sleep around 8:30 last night (shocker, I know!) which allowed me to get the sleep I needed to get through the day today. After I had my shower and had gotten dressed I got the baby up and fed her and changed her diaper. I actually put her to sleep last night fully dressed and ready to go to court this morning so it really didn't take long for us to get ready. Our hearing wasn't scheduled until 9:00am but we pulled out of the driveway at 6:50am just in case we hit a bunch of traffic on 400 or I-85. We made it to downtown Atlanta around 7:45am and decided to kill time we'd go eat at Waffle House since we saw a sign for it inside the Underground Atlanta parking garage. We started walking around Underground ATL looking for the Waffle House but had no luck in finding it. Then a homeless guy came up to us and asked us if we needed help. He did better than give us directions to the Waffle House....he actually escorted us there. It was around the corner, down a block and then around another corner. We never would have found it on our own. This guy was very nice....I wish I could remember his name! Anyway, he waited for me outside and I went in and got change and came out and gave him a $10 bill and thanked him for getting us there. His eyes welled up with tears and he wrapped his arms around me in a big long hug....not wanting to let go. He asked me if I would pray for him and I promised I would. I asked him to please try and find a warm place to spend Christmas. I really hope he does.
We met up with Judy outside the courthouse, went through security and then went upstairs to the 8th floor to the judge's chambers. We went in, met the judge and got sworn in. He looked over the final page of our home study, looked up at Skylar and said, "Skylar.....you're in." And with that my precious little one officially became our daughter. Judy took a picture of us with the judge and then after our first congratulations of the morning we went downstairs with Judy to file the papers. She gave us our certificate of adoption and told us to go over to the Vital Records office and get her new birth certificate. Well, we did and after we got there I realized that Judy had listed Robert's date of birth as our wedding date and not his actual birthdate. We showed them Robert's drivers license to have the date corrected but they need to see his birth certificate since he was not born in this state so he'll have to take care of that tomorrow. If only our attorney had asked us to look over the form before she had it notarized.
We got home and I finished making my peanut butter buckeyes and chocolate covered cherries. I've got about eight dozen homemade chocolate chip cookies I'm giving away too. I think I will make peppermint bark again and rice crispy treats to take to work. Well, I better go hunt down Robert's birth certificate and get dinner started. What a great day today was......

1 comment:

Staci said...

I'm very happy for you guys. It's nice to have an official family now. Congrats!!!