Friday - February 4, 2011 - Mark, Mercer and I participated in our adoption finalization hearing at the St. Charles County Courthouse. What was made clear to us that day was that this hearing was for us, the parents, to commit in the court that after living exclusively with this child for 8 months, that we indeed, wanted to remain as his parents. For some reason, that really hit home with us. Having had this little human since he was a half an hour hold, I couldn't imagine, no matter what the circumstances, just giving him away after 8 months. It would be our cross to bear - whatever fate had destined us to forge through. And having just typed this, I realize that is exactly what our birthmom did - nurtured him in her womb for 9 months and then had the strength to give him away. I thank God for her everyday - but it wasn't until just now that I truly realized how momentous the sacrifice is that she made for us. Brooke...wherever you are...for what's worth - you have been and always will be one of my heroes - may the sun light your path through the rest of your life and lead you to the happiness equal to what Mercer has given us. Godspeed.Below are some pictures from our big day.
Mercer and his Mom - Division 5
Daddy and Mercer having a pre-hearing appetizer...Don't know how to orient pictures in Blogger yet...
Our judge and our "official" family
Our social worker, Hope with the Seidfamily