On Monday we went to court to readopt our kids. I'm still not real sure what this accomplishes because legally our kids are our kids even without this step in the process. I think it has something to do with becoming citizens of the U.S. (at least that's what I've been telling people). We just do what we're told.
We went into this day thinking it was just an insignificant formality but it became a meaningful experience. One of the court officials found our blog several weeks ago and read it from beginning to end. Before getting down to the "official" business of the court, she began sharing our story with everyone there. Our photographer (one of Rhonda's friends) became an instant blubbering crybaby. We ended up giving out our blog address to several of the court officials before leaving.
I left thinking "It's official. These are our kids".
Of course, in our hearts that had already happened nearly a year ago.