"We are all handmade people created by a God who is not safe or small." Rend Collective Experiment

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Psalm 100:4~

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4

America has 2 more citizens!! On Tuesday we headed to court to finalize our adoptions of Eben and Joel! This officially makes them US Citizens ! What a blessed day!

Joel was a little nervous about this whole procedure, but it was so good for he and Eben to hear Jim and I swearing to the judge that he and Eben will forever be our sons. The judge pronounced that they are now considered our biological children, . They now legally have our last name, and first names we have chosen for them. We still call them Eben and Joel (which we used as their middle names), but we gave them new first names (as we did all of our children). When they are older they can choose which name to go by.

Our atty. took the picture, and unfortunately the camera was on the wrong setting. A friend is trying to help us fix it up a little.
Here are the children who went to the court house with us. We met in judges chambers along with 2 other adoptive families, so we only brought part of the tribe while others enjoyed a day at our friends. It was a good thing as our "partial family" filled up the room!
Afterwards, we took them to McDonald's to celebrate. I know, I know a nutritional nightmare, but an All American treat.

There we introduced them to "The Big Mac". Joel was in love. He wanted to head back to court to change his name to "Big Mac." He ate 2..and was still hungry for more.
Eben shares his Mama's love for "The French Fry".

It was truly a blessed day! We thank God for blessing us with these children!!! They truly are a gift from him.


Gretchen said...

You just have the most beautiful family and sucha positive, upbeat attitude. I love reading your blog! What an exciting day for your entire family. Congrats!

Take Care

Sophie said...

Your kids are so beautiful, Renee! Congrats--you all are so blessed to have each other! :)

Hope said...

What wonderful news! I Love you all and miss you terribly. I'm thinking of hiding in Noel's suitcase the next time she comes down (Shh, don't tell!)

Robin's Reports said...

Cool deal.......
I love how Joel ate 2 Big Macs! Wow. Congratulations too all of you.

Send me your other picture and I'll see if I can fix it for you - at least a little bit.


Jess said...

Woo hoo! Celebrating with you, Renee! (And Joel and Eben too!)

What a blessing to see all those smiling faces-- coming to your blog does amazing things for my heart, Renee. Blessings to you all!

patjrsmom said...

Congratulations! We celebrated our re-adoption at the same restaurant!

God Bless,

Noel said...

That is wonderful!!
I am so happy for Eben and Joel.
Everyone looks so beautiful!

Love and miss you all,

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing such a special day on your blog!! Congratulations on finishing this last bit of the Joel and Eban's adoption! What a wonderful day!!!


Paula said...

Congratulations!!! What a special day to treasure always!

Johanna said...

Congratulations! They just look so happy...thanks for sharing that with all of us out here!

Joyce said...

happy, happy, happy!

TWO Big Macs? Wowsers!! :)

Deborah said...

All I can say is "Wow!"
Nehemiah said it much better:
"Our God is an Awesome God!"

I love you and miss you and am SOOOO
happy for you :)


Joy said...

That SO GREAT!!!! They are now my cousins!!!! We are all so happy!!!

Jenny said...

Welcome to America Eben and Joel, aka Big Mac! I can't wait to meet you both!
Love your
Aunt Jenny :)

Pam said...

Congratulations Eben and Joel!! We are so thankful God has brought you to your forever family, and to us, who know and love your family from afar. God bless you in your new family!