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.
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.
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.
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.