Friday, June 10, 2011

Claiming Her as Our Own

Angela Piper-1

Yesterday was the day we had been waiting for since more than one year ago -- yesterday Angela legally became our child and in front of a court of law she was declared Angela Piper Owens.  If only my words could describe this day adequately.  It was so amazing.  

Angela Piper-6

Yesterday as we prepared at home to head to the courthouse I had so many emotions running through my heart and mind.  I felt very similar to the moments I delivered Madison and Gavin -- so excited yet filled with so much anxiety and fear as well. The day went so smooth, no glitches or hesitations, the judge was more than willing to declare her our own.

Angela Piper-3

Adoption is amazing.  I find it really hard to understand how it can not be fully embraced by the Christian community.  I think back to when we were first starting this adoption journey.  There were so many questions that people had as to why we would do this again -- was it best for us? -- was it best for Madison? I look at where we are now and I can fully say with out a shadow of doubt that this was probably this biggest gift God could give us for this season of our lives and the best gift we could give Madison.

Adoption is who we are as Christians -- God choose us.  And despite our pasts, he chooses to claim us as His own.  I don't know how it could get much better.  

Angela Piper-2

We have claimed Angela as our own from the day we first saw her photo.  Yet over the past six months we have always had the legality of her placement in the back of our minds.  Yesterday, as apart of our testimony we were asked by the lawyer -- "Do you understand that by going forth with this adoption you gain all rights and privileges as if she was born unto you?"

And with a huge lump of pride in my throat and overwhelming love in my mommie heart I answered, "Yes I do."

So unforgettable, so beautiful.  

37 comments:

Jon said...

I'm so happy for you guys. The pics are beautiful!

-Jon :)

Rachel Vanoven said...

she is BEAUTIFUL!

Rob, Tina and the boys said...

Congratulations!!!! When i saw the title ofnyour post on my feeder i just couldnt wait for the page to load so i could see her face. She is just as beautiful as madison.

Sarah said...

So glad she's officially yours. And that you could finally take the dot off her pictures. Beautiful post. Congrats!

mvivas said...

She's beautiful! Congratulations!

Raeann Schoudt said...

So happy and so excited! And we get to see her beautiful face when you post pictures ;) What an amazing story of God's love and object lesson of what He did for us :)

kyna said...

Congrats. You are blessed and so is she! I love how God places the lonely in families. Angela got a good one.

on a more shallow note...I love that headband she is wearing! So cute!

Taria M. said...

As tears sting my eyes, I thank God for blessing such a beautiful family with such a precious gift. Your journey has been amazing, and I'm thankful that I've gotten to follow along and pray for you all! Congratulations to the Owens family!

Crookeboysmom said...

Angela is such a beautiful little girl and so lucky to have a wonderful family to call her own! Congratulations to you all:)

TusaRebecca said...

Those eyes! There is joy in her eyes! You must be on cloud 9!

ryan estes said...

Love her middle name! :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Karen Adam Madison and Angela. We love you all and are filled with great joy for you.
Aunt Carol

Carolyn said...

I am so happy for all of you. You have two beautiful daughters. Showers of His greatest blessings to you all.
In His great and mighty love,
Carolyn O'Cain

Jessica said...

We are adopted too... Oh wow. Amen.
Congratulations!! I've stood in the courtroom of several adoptions and to listen to moms and dads testify...it's beautiful to watch. Many blessings on your newest addition and your family.

Team Carter Jay said...

LOVE her! She is beautiful! I am so happy for all of you. Many many prayers still being sent your way!

Shelly said...

Congrats and she's gorgeous! Look at those blue eyes!

Kelly said...

What a cutie. So happy for you. You are right...there is really no way to express verbally what that day feels like. November 10, 2010 was our adoption day of our four and it will forever be one of the most special days in my memory. Congratulations to you and your whole sweet, beautiful family!!!!

Ashley Mays said...

What beautiful blue eyes! I'm so glad for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us online!

Cammie Heflin said...

She is gorgeous!!! Amazing beautiful, perfect EYES :) She is truly a blessed little miracle!

Kara said...

OMG! Congratulations!!! It's so nice to see her beautiful face! :)

Danielle said...

It's so great to finally see those stunning blue eyes. When I read the title of your post I had to scroll past what you wrote, so I could sit and stare for a minute :) Many congratulations to all of you.

She now (officially) has a family to be her rock, and help her through the many challenges that lie ahead. It's too special and too important for words.

I grew up with CP, and the support of an amazing (biological) family, and I tear up thinking about how many doors they opened for me.

So thank you. I wish more adoptive parents took the opportunity to be difference-makers.

Jessica said...

What incredible blue eyes! She is gorgeous, and clearly knows she is well-loved. Congratulations, what a tremendous blessing.

Jessica said...

Oh wow! Look at those beautiful eyes. I am so happy she is all yours now, not that she ever wasn't. I believe she was yours long before she was ever born. Congratulations to you all, what a beautiful family!
Jessica Davis

Phyllis said...

Oh my gosh! I cannot imagine how happy you guys are today! Nice to be official! She is more beautiful than I imagined! Now......would it be too much to ask to see the previous blog posts without the circle...pretty please....??? She is too cute! Can't wait to see her what grow and flourish in the years to come!

OHN said...

I have been waiting for this day! I know the feeling of hearing those words and becoming a mother in the legal sense, when in your heart it happened long ago.
I hope you celebrated with ice cream :-)

Jennjilla said...

She is beautiful! Congrats! As an adoptee myself, I know that the "Got me" day is pretty special! She is lucky to have a family as lovely as y'alls.

Mo said...

I gasped when I opened this post and saw HER FACE!!! Congrats!!! She is so awesome, I can just see it.

Rosie said...

It's uncanny how her big blue eyes are just the same as her big sister and brother's! Congratulations!

My Blog said...

What a perfect little girl. She is beautiful! Congratulations to you guys! I am so happy for you all.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the entire Owens family! Angela is so lucky to have you. It is a treat to finally see her. Do you think Angela understands that she is now in her forever home? Such confidence and trust that must give her.
-Francine from CT

All the Marletts said...

CONGRATULATIONS OWNES FAMILY! We are so happy for all of you. What a beautiful family.

May God continue to bless you...

All the Marletts

JayCee said...

What a beautiful post....I am sitting here with tears coming down my face. She is as beautiful as an angel. Congrats!

Bethany said...

Congratulations! She is a beauty with those stunning blue eyes and smile full of joy! God knew you were to be her perfect forever family before she was ever born, and she is indeed yours just as if she had been born unto you. I can not wait to see all of the great things she accomplishes and how she continues to blossom surrounded by love!

spherescamp said...

So happy to finally see Angela's beautiful little face! Congratulations!

Mónica said...

It's great to finally see her pretty face :D I'm so happy for you! All the best ;)

Anonymous said...

Congrats!

Sarah said...

It is incredible to see her face! She is absolutely beautiful! Congrats!!!