Finalization Day!

After many frustrating setbacks and two cancelled court dates, we (finally) were able to finalize Ben’s adoption!

Our (completely amazing) attorney is in another city, so we “went to court” by phone. 

We went to the Navy Legal Aid office, where a notary checked our IDs to make sure we weren’t impersonators and then swore us in.

Wayne called the court room.


I took a picture of Ben because it seemed like a good thing to do on the day he legally became one of us.  He had no idea what was going on, by the way.  I tried to explain it, but what can a four year old understand about legal stuff?  On the way to the office, he asked me if he would see Omma and his baby brother (foster family in Korea).


We stated our full names for the judge and answered 4-5 questions, basically acknowledging that Ben is just like a biological child to us, that he has inheritance rights and that he would continue to be our son in the unfortunate case of our marriage ending.  The judge then told us he was signing our final judgement and congratulated us! And it was over!

The notary kindly took a picture for us before we left. 

And then there were (legally) five.

finalization day

About waymel

Navy wife. Homeschooling mom. Adoptive parent. Pianist. Introvert. One who loves quiet and beauty.
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7 Responses to Finalization Day!

  1. Not sure what to say except… Congratulation!!

  2. Becky says:

    So happy for you!

  3. shirley wilmoth says:

    Wonderful!!!! This day was surely a long time coming. All four of you had to make sacrifices and be so very patient for a long time. Congratulations to you and thanks be to God. You are a beautiful family of five. Thanks for posting………and such a great picture!

  4. redkeeney says:

    Yay! I’m sure it is hard for him to understand right now. But I’m so glad it’s final! Love you Ben!

  5. Kate says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! So happy for you guys!!! Best. Ever. xoxo

  6. What a beautiful family! Welcome, Ben!

  7. Rebecca says:

    Yay! Finally!

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