Thursday

Oh, Happy Day!

The long awaited day had arrived…

Beach Bunny asked us where we were going. 

“Family Day,”  I said on the fly.

“Oh, gweat (great)!” she said from her car seat, not having a clue that Family Day meant that we were about to finalize her adoption- an important day in her life and ours.

Our extended family was so great to come out and celebrate with us even though it was smack dab in the middle of a work day.  They are cool like that.

Before I show you the official pics, I of course have to show you the behind-the-scenes shots.  We’re a unique bunch.  Trust me.

Mother-in-law and sister-in-law (annoyed at me for taking their picture but gave me a courtesy smile anyway… awe, thanks!) quickly feeding the babies their lunch before they call us all into the courtroom.

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Oh, no you di-in’t.  Don’t you laugh.  I WILL seek revenge, sista’.

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Rolling on the floor across the court’s atrium most definitely helped us pass the time.  November-2009-031

 

Nothing says “photo op” like a candid family picture with a metal detector in the background.

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Ok, onto the big event-

Dad’s John Hancock…

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Then mine…

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Then the judge said something about someday dividing our estate into thirds, and I remember my whole family chuckling in the background.  I think I got nervous and allegedly started picking my nose.

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And then the judge stamped and sealed our documents and told us congratulations.  We were complete.  She was gracious enough to let us take a few pictures even though there were other families awaiting their turn.

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And then the group shot taken by the cute security guard-

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And more photos ‘cause, strangely, there never seem to be quite enough.

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Oh, happy day! 

57 comments:

Sherrie said...

A Happy Day indeed! Adoption is very close to my heart. Both of my kids are adopted. I remember the joy I felt each time the adoptions were finalized. Very Special Day! What a cutie she is! Congratulations!

Gina & Tommy said...

Happy Family Day! Congratulations! The pictures are priceless! I love how Beach Bunny is such a ham for the camera! I also love the support of your extended family! Truly amazing!

Love,
Gina

KT said...

What a beautiful family you have! Congratulations on your special day.

Katie

Hannah said...

I love it! What a happy day indeed!!

I see a BEAUTIFUL family :)

Amanda Rooney said...

Rejoicing with you, friend!!!! Happy Family Day! And what a perfect time of year!! I know you and your family will have a blessed Thanksgiving next week!!

Thanks for your sweet comments!! Actually, I realized last night that I actually found i heart faces from YOUR website. So, I've edited my blog to include that tidbit of info!!

aamayna said...

What a special day with your whole family! Congratulations!!

Carrie said...

Happy, Happy Family Day to you all! Beach Bunny looks like Miss Personality in these photos ... and I LOVE her hair! I'll have to try that once Miss Sadie's hair gets long enough!!

Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

3 Blessings said...

What a beautiful day! I am so happy for your family!
Blessings,
Amy

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

Happy Happy Day!

Congrats

The gFamily said...

Love that you all have so much fun together, even in a courtroom! Beach Bunnies scrunched up smile is priceless! I LOVE IT!!!

Congrats!

Lisa said...

Yes, a very happy day! My sister has two Adoption Days that they celebrate along with birthdays, and I remember attending the official Adoption Day court day too! It is very special, like visiting someone in the hospital that just had a baby. :) So happy for you and your family! Your baby girls' face is so precious in these pictures!!!

Ida Red (aka Richele) said...

That was one of the best posts I ever read! Your daughter is BEAUTIFUL! In fact, you whole family needs to be on the cover of a magazine. What a great day! I'm very happy for you. My husband and I have always thought about adopting.

melifaif said...

What a gorgeous family! Your heart is beaming through your smile. And Beach Bunny really knows how to work the camera! Oh happy day, indeed!

Renea Lynch said...

I'm singing that song now... Oh Happy Day!!! :) Congratulations and Praise God!!!! ♥

Cheri said...

so happy for you! fortunately, we don't have to do a readoption in the big state of missouri, but what a special day for you and your family! y'all area a beautiful bunch. should think of those family commercials for disney!!!! that'd be a fun part-time job and i could do your still-photo work for you! hugs!!!!

Gardenia said...

ok, first, you are beautiful. on the inside too I'm sure. your girlie girl is beautiful, and your family is beautiful. what a truly happy day.

Misty Rice said...

Gosh I am so emotional today, as I started crying with joy reading and looking at pics.

CONGRATULATIONS to your entire family. She is the PERFECT little cherry on top!!!

A beautiful blended family. I love it.

Leah and Maya said...

HOW exciting! congratulations! what a wonderful day!

Kat @ measuring my life in l-o-v-e said...

What a great family day! Congratulations!!!

Laurie said...

Congrats! What a beautiful family you 5 make! :)

Sara said...

congratulations!!! what a gorgeous family!!! so special and love the pictures!

*Jess* said...

This makes my heart happy! Congratulations!!!!

Jaimee said...

Oh wow!!! What a happy, happy day!!! I just love how SMILEY Isabella is. It's like she is fully aware this day is so so special!!! Love your candid photos, so beautiful!

Amy said...

How precious! Congratulations and God bless you for adopting.

Suzanne and Jayme said...

We had the same judge for our re-adoption. I think we have the same pics. It's funny because I remember the judge saying how we would now have to split our estate in fourths.

too funny

Congratulations

confused homemaker said...

Congratulations!!!

What an amazing day, thank you for sharing it. And you've got one beautiful family there:)

Patty Reiser said...

Congratulations to your entire family! This is indeed a special day. May you and your family enjoy many more blessing this Thanksgiving!

Pineapple Princess said...

Thank you guys so, so much for taking the time out of your busy and full days to send your sweet comments. It means so much to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! :)

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

What a beautiful day!! How exciting. :) And I love all of the pictures!!! Beach Bunny's smile is PRICELESS!!! :)

Monique-aka-Surferwife23 said...

Congratulations!! Your newly complete family is beautiful!!

Mom 4 Kids said...

Yippy!!! And the photos are awesome!

One Busy Momma said...

Beautiful family!!!

Congratulations!!!!!

Wanda said...

Wonderful! Congratulations. What a perfect, beautiful family!

Will and Aileen said...

What a wonderful day! Your family is beautiful!

Sarah said...

yeah! congratulations!!

Melissa Stover said...

now that IS a happy day! congratulations!

Michele said...

What a happy, special day, indeed.
Congratulations!!
Great pictures. Thanks for sharing your day with us ;)

Angela said...

I had tears reading this one! Congrats! ;-)

terra said...

Happy Family Day! I love the family photo with the metal detectors! Congratulations on such a wonderful day!

Naomi de la Torre said...

Congratulations!! This entry was such a joy to read. Such a beautiful family you have. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I look forward to reading more from you, pineapple pricess.

Naomi from organicmotherhoodwithcoolwhip.com

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What a Happy Family Day...congrats!

Pineapple Princess said...

Thank you guys SO MUCH for your encouraging words! I appreciate it so much! You guys are so awesome! :)

McMurrays said...

I love Bella's smile in all the pics! She is radiant and so beautiful! Congrats!
Darcy

Leslie said...

wowo you really made it a family affair..we took abby and went to Chipotle for lunch no pics!! lol

But it really didnt help that they had a teen in handcuffs in the courtroom!!YIKES!

Lucy postpartumillness.com said...

What a beautiful post. I really captured the feeling of the day. Congratulations and you have a beautiful family. Following you from mombloggers club.

Luc

Sandra said...

What an amazing Family Day!! Thank you so much for sharing these pics--they are truly special.

Terri said...

What beautiful pictures!!! Happy family day!!!!!!!!

Lynn said...

Congratulations! What a happy day. You have a beautiful family!

Lisa said...

A MAZING! What a wonderful day! Congratulations to you and your beautiful family!!!

Amanda said...

AMAZING!!!

mimi said...

Congratulations!! What an amazing day.

Brought back memories of our adoption signing day. Nerve racking and joyful!!

Bunch of Barrons said...

Such a sweet day! Fun pictures! :)

Crystal C Rutherford said...

Congrats!!!! Your family is so beautiful, you are all truly blessed!

DCastellanos said...

Awesome and congratulations to you and your family! What a blessing when we are obedient to God (I think I read somewhere that you felt God telling you all to adopt).

crystal theresa said...

congratulations :)

Ree said...

SO exciting! Congratulations! We have 2 of our own, and are hoping to adopt soon too! :)
Visiting from MBC
http://myblessingsoverflow.blogspot.com/

gigi said...

awww! congratulations! you have the most beautiful family!