Although we were told of the tentative date for the finalization of Isaiah's adoption a month ago, we just got our official notification in the mail today! Yes, the afternoon of April 30th it is!!!! I'm just so excited to see the date and time typed out on a signed official court document -- Order for Hearing on Petition for Adoption. It's real... it's coming! Yes, I'm giddy with excitement! This little boy, who was our son in our hearts from the moment we heard his story, will legally be our son.
Although I had visions of a big, festive bash, they were fleeting. Our celebration will be low key. My mother plans to be here, which will be nice, especially since none of our extended family has meet Isaiah yet. We'll probably eat lunch at a restaurant nearby, eat cake a little later (shout out to Caroletta's Cakes in Macon, GA), and resume life as usual. However, our lives will be forever changed as it is whenever a family is blessed with a new child.
Although finalization does not change the way we view our relationships, it does change some behind-the-scene things. Most importantly, we will be considered Isaiah's permanent, legal parents -- legal custody will be transferred from the adoption agency to us. We will have all the same legal rights to Isaiah as if he were our biological son He will be issued a new birth certificate with the name we've given him and our names as parents (some people have major issues with this practice, but that's for another blog post). We'll be able to apply for his social security number. We will be able to do things like travel and make medical decisions for Isaiah without consulting the agency.
I'll admit, one thing I won't miss is the constant reporting of our lives to multiple entities. I understand the purpose, but it does get old... quick. However, we will continue to send monthly update letters to Isaiah's birth mother through the Georgia agency. I see those letters as a line of connection between Isaiah and us and his birth family. Hopefully, they will spark a face-to-face meeting one day.
As each day goes by, I'm still amazed at how the Lord knits families together, both by biology and by adoption. Some families are unmistakable by their strong resemblance, but some are as varied as a box of Crayola crayons, yet there is a bonding thread that runs between them all. To God be the glory!!! In Christ, Talya
"I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty." - 2 Cor. 6:18