Monday, May 17, 2010

Celebrate!

Today at 2:30pm a judge declared something that Josh and I have know with every ounce of our being for over a year now....Josiah YeJoon is our son!

It was a day of celebration as we finalized Josiah's adoption and officially {in the eyes of the government} became a family of three. The judge was a very sweet man who made the 10 minute session fun and memorable. It was obvious that he was pretty happy for us!

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He even gave Josiah a little stuffed kitty-cat, so our animal crazed toddler was over the moon happy! As you can see...

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Si got a kick out of strutting through the hallways of the courthouse, waving and blowing kisses to new "friends" who walked by {oh, and showing off his new kitty}. He's such a flirt! By the time we made it outside he was in giggling and jumping and screeching in full celebration mode.

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He looked oh-so-adorable in his little outfit and I couldn't get over how much he's grown since he came home to us nearly 8 months ago.

We were thrilled that my parents were able to join us for this very special day! As always, my Dad has his video camera rolling and both he and Mom soaked up all the moments with their grandson.

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We spent nearly 20 minutes playing in front of the courthouse...and the newest US citizen waved his little flag with lots of excitement.

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When we received Josiah's referral last April, we celebrated over lunch at P.F. Chang's, so we thought it was only fitting for us to go back. Only this time we had Si in our arms instead of his referral photo!

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We all enjoyed chatting about the day's happenings over a delicious meal...

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When the fortune cookies were broken open and we read this little tidbit...

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...we were reminded of each step of the journey we began years ago and the tremendous blessing that has has graciously been given to us...
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There simply aren't enough words to express our love for our precious Josiah. We are so very proud of our little one and today we celebrate him. The cup the Lord has given us overflows! To Him be the glory.

Thank you all for walking this adoption journey with us! I have loved every second of sharing this time of our life and couldn't be more thankful for your kind words and prayers!

There is one other fortune cookie tidbit I wanted to share...


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Really?! How can it get any better than this?!

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Cheers to a new journey as a family of three!

40 comments:

  1. Congrats!! Josiah looks adorable in his outfit!

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  2. What a perfectly wonderful day! Your family is so precious!

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  3. congratulations!!!! what a wonderful day. i can't stand the cuteness in the little striped jacket!

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  4. Congratulations!! What a great day for your family!

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  5. I love this post! The celebration, the pictures,that jacket (love!), the fortunes that are so fitting. :) Congratulations Rachel! Your family is beautiful and so blessed!

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  6. Congratulations! What a wonderful day. Si looks so cute in his outfit. And could you guys be any more photogenic? What a good looking fam!

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  7. Congratulations!!! That is a great reason to celebrate! I love Josiah's little jacket - he looks too cute!!

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  8. i've been following your blog and it has been so encouraging. i am so glad that the adoption is finally official- thanks so much for sharing your journey!

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  9. Congratulations to the three of you. We have pictures with our judge too. What a HAPPY day !!!!
    All the pictures are just awesome.
    We will see you on Thursday!!!
    HUGS !!!!!!!

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  10. congratulations! what an exciting day!!!

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  11. Congrats! What a great day!

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  12. Happy Adoption Day!!!! Congratulations!!!

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  13. congrats!!!! these pictures were so great!

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  14. I can feel the excitement of the day just oozing from this post! Congrats to all three of you!!

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  15. What a great day! I loved Josiah jacket!! Soo cute! And that picture with your parents is priceless! Loved it!

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  16. Congratulations to all of you! What an exciting day!!!

    I got goosebumps when I read those fortunes.

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  17. Congratulations! I always think the judges doing this type of case must be loving it - so much better than criminal trials or people fighting one another in court. And I *love* Si in his darling jacket! So dapper.

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  18. With each new post, I say "this is my favorite". You never cease to totally amaze me!
    Loved all the photos, especially the one with the flag. It reminded me of the day you arrived home from Korea.
    God's message in a fortune cookie...maybe??? :)

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  19. What a wonderful and special day! Congratulations! Josiah looks so adorable in that little jacket :)

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  20. Congratulations! Sounds like a perfect day! I love the family photos!

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  21. Beautiful post and photos! Congrats to you all- Si looked amazing in his little blazer. The last fortune cookie gave me a huge smile.

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  22. Congrats!!! What a wonderful day! I adore Si's outfit and that smile! Sigh....

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  23. Josiah's outfit was so cute - what a little man!!!

    Congrats!

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  24. Congrats on finalizing! Josiah looks so stinkin' cute in his little outfit. And yummm on the PFChangs meal! :)

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  25. Congratulations! How wonderful to have it official. I love Josiah's outfit. He is so handsome!

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  26. Yay and Praise God! Seriously could his jacket be ANY cuter?!?!

    looking for two of those....size 12 mo. ;)

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  27. I stated following your blog when we first started our process a year ago. It has been a joy to experience it all through your blog. Congrats! You are one blessed family!

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  28. Fantastic!! Perfect!! Just Awesome! He is such a cutie pie.

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  29. HAPPY Adoption Day! What a sweet post and then I got to the last photo of the three of you and teared up. God is so good!

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  30. Congratulations!!! I LOVE Josiah's outfit! He's so stinkin cute!

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  31. What a great day! Congrats!!

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  32. Saw these photos on FB and had to hop right over here and read all about it!
    LOVE your pics, you "O" Family of three!

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  33. Oh Rachel, congratulations! I know in your heart you've been a family for a long time now but it must be feel SO GOOD to have it made official. I am in love with that adorable little outfit on Si. These photos are all beautiful. LOVE those fortunes :)

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  34. Congratulations! Josiah looks so handsome in his little outfit. God is so good, isn't He? I can't wait to see all He has in store for your family!

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  35. Congratulations to your family!! I love his outfit! What a little man.

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  36. Looks like a perfect day! And a perfect way to celebrate. Happy adoption day!! Love Josiah's spiffy coat too.

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  37. Congratulations!! That judge sounds awesome. I truly think they love this part of their job. Here, the family court judges do adoption finalizations only once/week. I think they really look forward to it.

    LOVE Josiah's little blazer. Such cute photos. LOVE him with the flag. LOVE your fortunes...so perfect.

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  38. What a perfect day! Congratulations on getting things finalized! J's outfit is adorable - and I love the flag shots.
    Oh - and what perfect fortunes!

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