IT WAS TIME. We got a call asking if we could come a few hours earlier to the agency because the snow was really starting to pick up and they wanted to close the agency down due to weather. Was that even a question?!?! YES, we would be more than happy to come earlier. We said a family prayer before leaving, loaded up in the van, and were on our way. (Can I just say, this snow was NOTHING compared to SD snow! 😉) I will never forget looking back at my three kiddos thinking, this is it. Our lives are about to change in a BIG way and our family will never look like this again. The best part, NOTHING could change that. He was officially ours. We didn't have to worry about heartache this time, because all parental rights had been waived. We would FULLY enjoy this moment without any fears and that gave me SO much peace.
We pulled up to the agency and all the butterflies came flooding back. I was a ball of nerves and excitement and I didn't know how my kids would react. I kind of turned into crazy mom trying to keep them calm, quiet, and looking decent. I just wanted this moment to be perfect and to soak up every minute together. This moment was even better than the last time because we were able to experience it as a FAMILY. GOD WAS SO GOOD!
We were greeted by the director who quickly went through the paperwork and signing with us before our son arrived. She wanted that all to be done before he came so we could just enjoy our time as a family and so we could get on the road before the snow got worse. We waited only 10 minutes and then were told that they were just about to the agency. We were left alone in the conference room to wait, just our little family. The kids were running around like crazy and so we calmed them down and explained to them what was going to happen in just a few minutes. Then the director came back in saying that they just pulled into the parking lot so we should get ready. She took this last family of 5 picture for us and then it was time!
Hi, I'm Kansas! I wish we could be doing this face to face over coffee. Maybe someday, till then this will have to do!