10 April 2015

Zachary’s Adoption Day!

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The girls helped me decorate the chalkboard sign.

 

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They also made other decorations for the day.

 

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These have actually been hanging up in our house for over a month now because the court date that was supposed to happen last month, got postponed. When we received the disappointing news, I was going to take the decorations down but it became a simple visual reminder to me: Everyday is a reason to celebrate. :))

 

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Mama and her sweet boy! (please excuse the creepy human body science project we’ve got going on in the background).

 

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So very blessed!!!

 

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Words cannot describe how much I love this picture. I regretted not taking a picture of my dad and Zachary together before he passed (he only saw him one time and Zachary was mostly sleeping). This is a framer, for sure!

 

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Miss Hailey having a sweet conversation with Zach as we wait to be called into the court room.

 

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So nice to have Aunt Mary join us at the courthouse as well. (We missed you, Grandma!)

 

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All our friends came, too! (Except the Ritz’s… we missed you!)

 

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Love these sisters!

 

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Zach receiving plenty of attention from the kids.

 

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Such a great shot of all the kids in the court room.

 

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Under oath.

 

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Signing papers.

 

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It’s official and final. He’s a Gough!

 

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So thankful for the love and support of our dear friends and family! (Look at the Judge back there, taking it all in).

 

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Time to go home and celebrate!

 

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With cake and ice cream!!

 

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Joshua Benjamin and Zachary Benjamin.

 

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The kids having fun in the backyard.

 

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Hailey & Karen, enjoying the sunshine.

 

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Morgan leads the charge playing capture the flag.

 

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Karen loving on Zach.

 

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Genevieve and her little buddy.

 

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The little man of the day. :))

Oh, what a special day it was for our family! The Judge was incredibly warm and the court proceedings went beautifully. He even gave us the opportunity to share why we wanted to adopt Zachary. It provided the ability for us to be a witness and point to the Lord in obedience and grace. He even chatted with the girls and gave them a chance to speak as big sisters.

I love how the day was a full circle moment for the girls, too. Almost 8 years ago, we were at the same courthouse for their finalization and although they don’t remember their own adoption day, they will never forget their brother’s.

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(The Girls’ Adoption Finalization)

As I reflect on this day, there are many emotions that run through my mind.

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Morgan and I are filled with gratitude as we have the joy and privilege of parenting these three precious souls for the Lord. What a journey our marriage has been thus far! Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think our family would’ve taken shape in this way. However, I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful and poignant love story.

God’s plans are always better than our own. Praise Him! 

“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” ~Ephesians 1:5

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