Monday, July 22, 2013

Another Celebration Already?

This past weekend we celebrated another adoption anniversary.  Hannah's adoption was finalized on July 20, 2007, putting Ashley's and Hannah's anniversaries a mere five days apart.  It's like having close birthdays.  

We celebrated with a small gift, wrapped in Christmas paper.  Of course, that makes sense around here.  It was a boot shaped lamp.  Hannah liked it.

We had lunch at LaRosa's Pizza.  We enjoyed their incredible soda options.  Lime and Raspberry Fanta?  Grape Sprite?  Really?  I stuck with a Coke.

Hannah's adoption was my most complicated.  It felt like it would never be finalized.  One month we'd be all ready to go and a something would need to be filed.  The next month it would be something else.  Everyone was doing the best that they could, there's just so much involved and so many people that it took a little while to get us all on the same page.

Let me tell you how close we cut it.  There were six adoptions taking place the morning we arrived at the courthouse.  At the start of the proceedings our attorney told us that he was missing a paper.  Someone dropped the ball somewhere.  He put us last and was working to get the paper faxed during the first five adoptions.  

We were next.  There was no paper in sight.  Suddenly, the courtroom doors burst open and in ran a one of his helpers, paper in hand!  It was very movie-like.  

After our turn we started all the traditions.  Since our adoption was scheduled for 7:30 AM, it was still not quite 9:00 by the time we were through.  That's when breakfast at Cracker Barrel was born.  

We followed that with a trip to Build-A-Bear.  

It was a very surreal day.  Hard to put the emotions into words.  Hannah had by far been the hardest.  Her first year almost did me in.  Walking into that courtroom to make it official was a day we had been waiting for, but I'll admit we still had some pretty rough issues.  Did I really want to do this?  

Sometimes God calls us to do hard things.  This was hard.  But in my life I have found it's the hard things that show us Who He is and what He can do.  It's the days we come to the end of our strength and find Him waiting to carry us that build faith and dependence on the One who can handle what we can't.

This is who wakes up in my house every day. 

I love her more than words can say.  I'd give my life for her without thinking twice.  I can't imagine a moment without her.  This beautiful girl is a picture of God's faithfulness in my life.  He is so good.

Happy 6th adoption day, Hannah!

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