Today I went to the zoo with the 3rd and 4th graders. Grace and I had a great time together. It is so fun to be able to spend time with the kids at things like that. It was a super fun day, but it sure was hot!
Many times though out the day I thought back to what we were doing three weeks ago. Three weeks ago from today we were in Ethiopia. Three weeks ago today, we were told that we passed court and that the little boys were ours!
I got up bright and early that morning but I had Amanda up with me for a change. She was up bright and early too. Ryan and I got dressed up and ready to head to court with the three other couples from our agency that had a court date the same day we did. We decided to leave our five kids at the guest house instead of bring them with us to court. Zachary was really feeling tough. He was running a temp with a head and stomach ache. I gave Zachary some medicine - we prepped the kids to know what they needed to know while were gone and headed over to the other guest house. We were leaving at 10 am that morning for court.
We made our way through Addis to the courthouse, went up a few flights of stairs and sat in a waiting room while we waited to be called into the courtroom. We didn’t know if we were going to be called individually or as a group and although had an idea of what questions we might be asked, we didn’t know how that would go or how long it would take.
Two other groups went into the courtroom and came out. They came out crying joyous tears and embracing each other. Then our group was called in. All four of us couples went into the courtroom where the judge asked us a few questions. The whole process was quick. The judge ended the questions with the statement “They are yours”. Yeah. Tears welled up in my eyes. Our MOYWA letter was in and we passed. Ryan and I were from that moment on legally parents of seven – Including twin boys! It was indeed an awesome day. We spent the rest of the day playing with our two new sons and brothers.