Monday, October 25, 2010

Final

We finalized! Friday, October 22 was Phenix's adoption day. It was an amazing, joy-filled day with lots of friends and family helping us celebrate. He's been ours in hearts since we first met him, but now he's ours forever.  Nobody can take him away.  I didn't realize that I was holding my breath, until after the court ceremony, when I was getting congratulations hugs from Phenix's brother's parents.  Suddenly, I could breathe again and realized that I hadn't really been breathing for a while. What a difference a signature on a piece of paper makes!

I'm now able to write his real name, Phenix Jake, and share some pics of him. In all honesty, I'll probably freak out about privacy and take these down at some point, but here they are for now:

ETA: I did end up having my privacy freak out and took the photos down.  I have to decide how I'm going to deal with the battle between being open and honest and being private on here.  Maybe I'll write more about that in a future post. 

28 comments:

Fran said...

I'm overjoyed for you!! And he's so so handsome!!

Claire said...

Beautiful pictures (and child!). Congratulations. x

cloudmaster said...

I am so happy for you! I can't wait for our day to come. And thanks for the advice. I will try to remember to keep breathing.

I also see you are bringing him up right.....as a Red Sox fan!!!! Go Sox!!!!

GB's Mom said...

Beautiful pictures! Congratulations :)

Wanna Bee said...

OMG! Congratulations doesn't even cover this situation!!! What a stupendous event - and thanks for the pictures and real name, I have been dying to know. What a beautiful family you have. Your blog has given me hope as we continue to wait for a fos/adopt placement for ourselves after similar struggles! Yay for you guys!!!

Natalie said...

He's adorable!! congratulations!!!

Yoka said...

Congrats on being a forever family. He is adorable!

Denver Laura said...

Congrats! What a beautiful family!

Kelly said...

How precious. Congratulations!!! So happy for your family.

Barb said...

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!! What beautiful, loving parents and adorable little boy!!

Paula, With all my heart said...

Congraulations, he is adorable. We finalize tomorrow and then I can share my photos.

Paula, With all my heart said...

Congraulations, he is adorable. We finalize tomorrow and then I can share my photos.

Wendy said...

I know I already told you, but I'm SO happy for you guys!!!! Yay!!!
I love the pictures - he's so cute. Thank you for sharing them. :)

Amanda said...

Congrats! I'm so glad that everything is finalized. What a beautiful thing.

Me said...

This post totally made me tear up! CONGRATULATIONS Karen! I am so happy for you!

foxy said...

Oh my goodness, your family is beautiful! Your babe looks like the happiest little man.

Congratulations! and keep breathing! (until he gets that drivers license!)

kittyquilt said...

How exciting!! I'm really, really happy for you!

Beautiful Mess said...

Congratulations, sweetie. I am SO happy for ALL of you!

He is so sweet! Love the aquarium picture!
*HUGS*

cowgirltn said...

What an awesome post and he is so adorable. Congratulations!

Claudia said...

oh hooray! I was so much hoping you would post pics once you finalised. Congratulations - he's just adorable!

mygrl said...

I am so happy for you. He is so cute! Thanks for the update. I bet you so happy that he is forever yours now. Congratulations!!

Lost in Space said...

I wanted to congratulate you here too. I am so beyond thrilled for you and your family. What a great overview of your life with Sweet P over the past year. Such a cutie!

Waterbishop said...

Congrats Karen!
He's adorable!

saucy sal said...

congratulations! Your photos are lovely - you all look like you were made to be together. (honestly, he is your son and he certainly looks the part!). And you've got a good team to root for as well!

No one can take you apart. fabulous!

Kelly said...

You are so right! That signature makes all the difference in the world. It makes you feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of your shoulders. Congratulations! What a handsome little guy!

Kelly said...

I've checked here often for the news that your precious boy is officially yours! Congrats Karen! I wish you and your family a lifetime of happiness and love. He is absolutely beautiful!

Fiddle1 said...

Oh! Tears!! So happy to read this. Sorry I'm so late! Thank you so much for sharing these photos. He is so precious. He looks like you two!! Congratulations!!!

Anita said...

Congrats!!! I remember well the whole "I didn't realize that I had actually been holding my breathe for months" feeling. It is a relief (even if you're 99% sure there is no reason to worry) & I am thrilled for your family :) Enjoy that little guy!