Randy and I were reflecting the other day on where we were one year ago. We were sitting down with our kids' great-grandparents and both of our lawyers to discuss a schedule of when they were going to see the kids. We were so afraid that we wouldn't be able to come to an agreement and would end up going back to court to see what the judge would decide on. But God showered us with grace and mercy and rewarded our faith by leading us in His will; we came to an agreement that we all could live with, and to top it off, were able to cap it at six months with a follow-up discussion between ourselves at that point. (That has since come and gone, and things continue to go well.)
And so, after six+ long months of court hearings and stress and exhaustive scheduling, the judge granted the TPR and we got the best Christmas present we ever could have hoped for: our children.
But I have to argue that THIS year we have our best Christmas present. Our children are truly ours now, having finalized adoption in February. They have a full family - a mom, dad, brother, and a consistent, permanent home, three sets of involved grandparents/great-grandparents who love them, aunts and uncles, great aunts and uncles, even great-great aunts and uncles, cousins and second cousins. I'm looking forward to watching them enjoy their first "normal" (for lack of a better word) Christmas.
And of course, I'm looking forward to enjoying it as well.
I hope you all have a wonderful, safe,and happy Christmas and holiday season and enjoy spending time with friends and family, wherever you may be. And may you always remember the true meaning of Christmas and the very best Christmas gift any of us have ever received! =)