After 21 long months of waiting, we are happy to announce that we finalized the adoptions of Emily and Michael on May 20, 2011.
It was a beautiful sunny Friday morning when we headed to the Pierce County Juvenile and Family Court House and joined with members of my family to await our turn to see the judge. Since there were so many people there that we got lucky and were picked to go first. It was a fascinating and exciting experience to be told that we were now the parents of these two precious children of God.
The very next day, we gathered Tom's family and many of our friends and headed up to Bellevue to have Emily and Michael sealed to our family in the Seattle LDS Temple. It was a nice day, and we were so fortunate to be able to share both experiences with so many of our loved ones.
We are so happy to finally be a "real" family. Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us and everyone who helped us get to this point in our lives. We are very blessed!