We learned yesterday that another hearing has been set for Nov. 10. And then we have to wait 30 days, before our lawyer can file the Petition for Adoption. That will be filed around December 10, and finalized December 22.
We’ll call in and be ‘present’ on the phone, for the final hearing, Dec. 22.
You’re already our daughter. Our little girl.
Just in time for Christmas, your last name will be our last name and you’ll be all ours forever.
We went pumpkin picking today – a very happy family.
Carrying you down the stairs after your nap this afternoon, my mind began to wander.
With each step we walked down, I imagined the times you’ll come down the stairs in the future.
I thought of the first time you’ll walk down the stairs yourself.
I thought of the first time you’ll sneak down early, to see what Santa leaves you. And the first time you’ll look for Easter eggs before mommy and daddy wake up.
I imagined you walking down, dressed for your first day of school.
I thought of you walking down the stairs in your prom dress, and pausing for us to take pictures.
I imagined you waking down the stairs on your way to your high school graduation. And then your college graduation.
I imagined you walking down those stairs a final time before you move away.
And then I thought of you walking down those stairs, on your way to get married.
Then we reached the bottom of the stairs, and I carried you into the living room and put you down on the floor for you to play with your toys again.