We’ve officially had our Madeley for three months now.
For so many reasons, this last month has been special, but one of the most important things we have done is complete the re-adoption process here in the United States. We adopted Madeley is China and completed the process over there before we left and came back home. Upon entering the United States, she was declared a US citizen in customs and then after that, you complete the US re-adoption process to get her a US birth certificate with her new name printed on it and then we can get her a social security card and passport. On Friday, December 2, we had a fantastic time at the courthouse and completed everything. We were pumped! Here we are inside the courthouse about to go inside the courtroom.
I took this pic because it just made my heart happy. I looked over and there sat four kids who really and truly have no business being together. One was born after years of her parents struggling with infertility, one came a short sixteen months later and was a complete surprise to everyone, one was born in Xi’an, China and the other, Linyi. And yet…there they all are together sitting on a bench discussing the contents of Smith’s lunch ;). (We picked them up early from school and he didn’t have time to eat, so he brought it with him. 😉 ).
The judge could not have been nicer. I mean…to say he was the brightest spot in our day would be no exaggeration. He was such a blessing to us! His enthusiasm and excitement for our adoption was infectious. He asked that we all stand and be sworn in to take the oath of adopting this girl into our family.
We all raised our right hand…well, one of us raised their left but it still counts 😉 .
The judge asked for the three big kids to step around to his bench. From there, he had each one of them put his robe on and type in the final words that needed to be typed to officially complete the re-adoption process.
Everyone working together to complete our adoption…
…and then sweet Ashby got to click the mouse that submitted everything.
The judge completed things by giving each kiddo a stuffed animal. What a blessing he was!
The Shull Six! We’ve gone to the other side of the world not once but TWICE to make this possible and it was worth every single bit of it!
To wrap things up this month…Madeley is flourishing. She still doesn’t have a big vocabulary, but it’s getting bigger by the day. (Just yesterday, she pointed to Bowen and said “BoBo” really loud and then when she realized we realized she knew his name, she was super proud and said it over and over again.) She has learned to climb the stairs (frightening but a skill she needed to know!). She has her favorite foods (give her all the ground beef!) and her least favorite (go away raw vegetable of any sorts!). She loves to get dressed and I find her at least 12 times a day in my closet trying on my shoes. She likes to help me sort the laundry. She knows to take her shoes off when she comes inside the house and puts them right where they belong on the bottom step. She still gets so excited when she sees her bigger siblings after school and she gives THE BEST kisses and hugs. She’s sassy (oh word!), she’s spunky, she’s full of energy, she never sits down, she’s always so curious about everything, she likes any toy you can push, she loves to sort and stack, she never sits down (did I mention that one already?), she goes with the flow, she’s FUN, FUNNY and oh so lovable! We are incredibly blessed to have her.
Friends, I know adoption is a scary thought. I was scared too! There are so many unknowns, so many risks, so many things that could go wrong…but just look at my sweet girls’ faces. They are amazing gifts from God and I’m so glad that I didn’t let fear get in the way of giving them forever families. They have blessed me much more than I could ever bless them. Adoption is amazing. If you’re thinking about…might I encourage you to move forward? Your kiddo could be out there waiting for you.
Next month, we celebrate Madeley’s four month post adoptin update AND Ashby’s 2nd Gotcha Day!
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