Thursday, August 16, 2012

Forever And Always

What a special day!  We completed Lan Lan's US adoption. 

She now has her official American name and will be issued an American birth certificate with our names as her parents.  I love the judge who officiates.  She does a mock trial with all the kids and explains history regarding the courts and legal system. 

The best part was when the judge asked Lan Lan if she understood how long she would be in our family.  Lan Lan said, "For one year.  And until I get old and die."

And the judge said, "And even longer than that--forever and always."

Sweet words.

Some people think it is too late for older children to be adopted.  Especially kids who have always been waiting.  And waiting.  Some think kids who have experienced a harsh life will never overcome the effects.

referral picture in 2010

Those people don't know Lan Lan.  She is one of the sweetest, most loving children in the whole world!  She is determined and loves to try new things.  She is musical, artistic, athletic, opinionated, kind, optimistic, sassy, stylish, thoughtful . . . and did I mention beautiful? 

Forever and always.

I love those words. 

How blessed we are.


Anonymous said...

She is absolutely beautiful as is your whole family - f&a.

Gretchen said...

Congratulations to you all- She is beautiful and you can see the JOY shining from her eyes!

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Lisa said...

Tears in my eyes:) Yes, she IS so beautiful. So glad to have been a witness to part of her adoption journey. Love those smiles. What a gift from God...

Stevens Family said...

Hooray, hooray!! Congratulations to you all.