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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

It's Legal!





This morning we had our Civil Affairs appointment. At this time we were asked several questions: Did we like our daughter? Did we get along with her last night? Do we believe we could provide for her? Why do we want to adopt a child from China? Do we feel that education is important for the growth of a child? Do we realize that our daughter has a special need? How do we plan to care for her need? Does her special need make a difference to you? After answering all of these questions, and placing our thumbprint over signatures that we had signed on several documents, we were declared to be the legal parents of Ning Yi. The ceremony took about 5 minutes. That's it. What took a year of paper chasing, waiting, certifying, authenticating, waiting & more excruciating waiting was culminated in a simple 5 minute session of questions and answers, and a legal declaration. She now is legally our daughter.

We will wait for her passport to be printed, and on Saturday, we will head to Guangzhou to complete the American portion of the adoption.

AbbyGrace continues to be taking the transition very smoothly. No tears. What appears to be no grief. Because she has handled the transition so well, we believe that we will be safe to visit her orphanage on Thursday. I am greatly looking forward to seeing this place where miracles take place. The name of her orphanage is "Mother's Love". Only appropriate, I feel.

I'll leave you with just a few pics from today.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Lacy said...

Shannon,

Everytime I read something on your page it just makes me cry. I am lovin' these pics. I am so excited for you and know God has made a wonderful and perfect match.

Blessings!

BTW, Gracie has those same Old Navy PJs.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Mrs gesner said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures. I am SO Thrilled for all of you. How exciting to have all this take place around Christmas. : )
Blessings;
Debbie

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Jamie Spalding said...

I am crying my eyes out right now. She is beautiful.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Julie said...

Shannon -- Isn't it the greatest feeling to get a document stating that she is yours? I'm so happy for you. You all look so happy.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Margo said...

Shannon I just don't know what to say when I read all of your posts. I mean I remember when you first heard the thing on the radio and how everything got rolling. God is so amazing isn't he.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Txhenry said...

I am so happy for you and robert and eathan and abby grace. i can truley say god has blessed you and i count it a honor to be your friend
Fordie

2:23 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Congratulations on being her "legal parents" as if you haven't felt like you were her mom for almost a year already!!
You look beautiful in the picture of the two of you--sheer happiness, peace, and contenment! Beautiful! Sooooo Happy for all of you! AbbyGrace is GORGEOUS!
love,
catherine and paige

3:17 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Shannon I thought you said you were not going to buy any of the cute panda clothing from Gymboree? LOL! I know I couldn't resist either.

I am thrilled to hear things are still going so good for all of you.

6:45 PM  

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