Today was a wonderful day!!!!
Today we woke up very early (4:30 for adults and 5 AM for kids - ugh). Then we got ready and drove through an amazing rain storm down to the Fort Bend County Court House.
We walked into the wrong court. We obviously looked out of place - so they sent us over to the Family Court, instead of the Criminal Court. (!)
The kids were able to go through their first metal detectors (exciting!). Upstairs on the third floor, we meet other families having their adoptions finalized. We were the third family to finalize today. We all came up to the front (all seven of us!!) when we were called. We were all sworn in (the Judge was being kind to the kids - it was cute!). Then the attorney read through the Adoption Decree and asked us a bunch of questions. Then the judge asked us if we had any questions. Then he asked the kids if they had any questions. He handed out a stuffed animal to all the kids. (They were turtles - we named Joy's "Judge.") Then he granted the request. It was over - we have officially adopted Joy! WAHOO!
Daddy, Joy, and Mama
Joy, Daddy, and Judge the Turtle
On the way home, we drove through our old neighborhood and got to visit with my friend, Myra. That was nice to catch up!
We stopped at the newly re-opened Valley Ranch and Grill for lunch. It was yummy!
Five Turpin girls - legally, even!
Our baby is officially 100% ours! WAHOO! YEAH!
Congratulations! We are so happy! We love all our little Turpin girls so much!
Thank you, Jason & Shelly, for finding our sweet JOY! She IS and always will be a special joy to our lives.
We love you Joy Joy!
Grandma & Grandpa Turpin
Shelly, it is incredible. All that worrying and stressing and now pure joy. The picture of y'all in front of the judge reminded me of Yours, Mine and Ours. :)
Just hearing the news is a testimony that Heavenly Father answers prayers, just sometimes it takes a little longer than I expected. I love y'all - all seven of you.
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