We got to the courthouse at 8am. There was breakfast for all, Tigger received a build-a-bear, a stuffed bunny, and some toys from the county. I received a picture frame with the date on it, a digital camera, and they had books on adoption that were free to us. I did take a few!
In their own voices--I think that's the title, but it's a book about transracial adoptees, should be great reading.
Toddler Adoption (the Weaver's Craft)--Always wanted to read, but never bought it.
A child's journey through placement--seems like a decent book.
Adoption: A parent's guide--nice chapters dealing with different adoption topics and how to have conversations with your child about it--in age appropriate terms from preschool through teenage years.
Then they made the announcement that the hearings would be starting. We were assigned to Courtroom #1. We were the 4th family that was called. My family which consisted of my parents, my aunt and uncle, and my two cousins (which are basically like my brothers) came. We also didn't realize that an acquaintance from the church was the deputy director for children's services in my county and when he saw us, he told us he wanted to come into the courtroom with us for my hearing. When I went in, I had to go in front with Tigger. I was sworn in and asked a few questions. Then I had to sign the document and then the judge signed the document and pronounced us family! Since it was National Adoption Day, the county brought a professional photographer and so I will get my picture with the judge when I get the paperwork from Saturday's adoption hearing.
Then we had lunch at my aunt's house...it was a mouth watering lunch by the way! Then we went home to crash! Today was filled with picture taking and making sure I had what I needed in order to finish up Tigger's room. Our photo session took longer than I thought it would (just the viewing of pictures and purchasing) so now I'm just waiting til tomorrow to get the final touches on the walls done and move in her furniture that is in my room.
It's been a great weekend. Nerve-wracking and joyful at the same time. I'll leave you with a couple of pictures from our day today.