Tuesday morning, our phone rang early (well early for the summer time). A dear friend, who shall remain nameless unless she chooses to incriminate herself, was inquiring why she could not locate our family anywhere at the courthouse. Oops! I wasn't sure how to break the news that she arrived a day early and overzealous. She graciously accepted the news. And instead of calling it a total wash, she scoped out the scene and photographed herself in the courtroom. Too funny! Mez's life book will boast of this lone ranger waiting for dear Mez's re-adoption 24 hours later.
Now the same day, 15 minutes later, here at the home front, Hunter, our oldest son, and his friend woke and decided to begin the day with an early game of golf. As said friend and Hunter perfected their swings, said friend stepped behind Hunter and met the end of his club...full force. With his face filleted from eyebrow to mid-forehead and parents out of town, we threw the family into gear and trekked to the ER. Twelve stitches and many tears (on my part, not the friend's) later, we began our trip to Fort Worth 3 hours post-planned with our every nerve firing. We remained grateful our friend's eye was spared, there was no damage to the skull, and no further medical care is needed. Whew!
Regardless of our late departure, we committed to an evening of celebration. Our friends, who spent the month with us in Ethiopia, my sister's family, and my mom joined us for a cultural dinner at Addis Abeba in Richardson, TX. I must say, after three months back in the states, we felt more at home eating dinner than we have since we left Ethiopia. The kids toasted our chosen family and friends abroad. We drank and ate in their honor. Cheers Habasha! Then, we headed to Fort Worth.
|Cheer to Betasub!|
|Wat and injera.|
|Dinner for Men.|
Our judge oozed of kindness. He welcomed us to the bench, allowed our photographers to stand on the bench beside him to get the "best shots", came down, hugged and held Mez, appeared for many photo ops, and encouraged us in our journey. I cried when Judge Carrolton purposed, "Up to this point your obligation has been moral. From this moment on, your obligation to this child is legal, binding, and fully acknowledged by this nation. Mezekir is now entitled to the same rights as your natural children, just as though he were born of you." I felt the same flood of emotions as I did at the embassy in Addis. God is so good in many ways. I will never cease to wonder at his goodness and faithfulness in granting us our son. I will never move past the miracle of spiritual adoption and the tangible nature of its revelation as we walked out the adoption of our son. Need I say more?
|Our Family, minus Hunter.|
|Ethiopia Team at Gladney (except Kristin)|
At long last, Mezekir is officially a Knight. I think it was official in our hearts the moment we dreamt of him, but there is joy in the knowledge it's legally binding. Welcome home, Mez.