On September 26, 2011 we got the privilege of adopting our baby girl to be ours forever. (not that it wasn't already so in our hearts)
We met the lawyer at the county courthouse with our entourage at 9:00 am. We all filed into the judges chambers, and then Van and I pledged to love and support and care for Karis in life and in death. It was indescribable. I honestly think it would be great for all parents to have to do the same for all children. It was just so special to speak in front of our families and a judge our promise to be her mommy and daddy, similar to a wedding.
When we walked out of the courthouse it felt as though a giant weight had been lifted. No one can take her from us, we are free to love her and dream about the future without the fear of losing her. I knew that the day would be big, but I had no idea that it would be so freeing!
We all went back to our house to have some lunch and celebrate our little girl. It was a beautiful day that will always hold a special place in my heart.