Ask anyone going through any kind of adoption and they will all tell you one thing...they just want their adoption to be done - final. No matter how many people tell them that it will never happen, they want to erase any fear in their heart that someone could come and take their child...the one they have come to love and adore...from them. They want their child to have the same rights as their biological children...be a permanent US citizen, get a social security number and even a US passport. But in order to do so you must have one very important piece of paper...the final adoption decree.
Today was a big day for us...a VERY BIG day. For you see, in the eyes of Ethiopia our adoption was finalized when we were there in December. Today, our adoption was finalized in the states...we received our final adoption decree. What does that mean for us? EVERYTHING... Today we can apply for an Iowa birth certificate with his legal name change (we kept his African name as his middle name). Today we can apply for a social security number. Today we can apply for him to move from a temporary US citizen to a permanent US citizen. And today we can apply to get a US passport. His case is now sealed and cannot be opened...and our fear, my fear, is now gone. He is our son, now and forever will be.
Yes, today was a big day for us...a VERY BIG day!