Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement of my blog. It truly warms my heart. I especially want to thank you for your support and encouragement during this difficult time of fighting for BB, our foster-child. This blogging community continues to absolutely amaze me. The warmth, the friendship, the endless support, it's astounding. Thank you, each of you, for your encouraging comments, for your prayers, and positive thoughts and well wishes.
And now... for the big announcement: BB is staying with us!!
The judge ruled to terminate the rights of both parents. The mother has 30 days to appeal, then the case moves to adoption. It can take 3 months for the adoption to be final, but then, he's ours. Legally. He's always been ours, we're just making it official.
Thanks to everyone for following along this journey. I look forward to getting the "okay" to "introduce" him to you all via pictures and videos.
Dear C. & P.,
You're both troopers who got there with us at 9:00 am at the courtroom, and stayed until 9:00 pm when the judge finally made his ruling. I thank you, wholeheartedly, for your support. I can't believe you sat on those uncomfortable benches all day! You're the best!! And C., you did wonderful on the stand testifying. What you said, backed up what I said, almost exactly. Great job! But, of course, that's easy to do when you're just telling the truth.
Dear S. & J.,
Thank you for coming out to show your support. Ya'll are so sweet and I thank God they we are so blessed to have special people like you who come out to support us and stay longer than they should. Like, staying, even after one of you have ran out of oxygen and are making the other person a nervous wreck!
Thanks for being a great caseworker. Really. You're wonderful!
I thank God for you. I truly do. You're a handful, a lovable, loving, kind, mischievous, loud, funny, smart, daring little boy. And you're ours. Forever. I did not carry you in my body, but I carry you in my arms. You were not born from my body, you were born in my heart. I love you, always and forever.
Dear BB's mother,
It was terrible to listen to all of the testimony about you. I'm sure it was even worse for you. I'm sorry for you. I feel so, so, so sorry for you. I know exactly what you lost yesterday, and it was a great one. But more than that, I'm sorry what you did to BB before he came to us. He never deserved that. I'm sorry for what you have lost. But I also know that this is the best thing for him.
He's ours. All ours. Really ours. Forever ours. Get ready. You're handling the potty training. And I don't mean in the back yard. Get ready. There will be many years ahead of football watching/playing, bike riding, knee scraping, trouble making, hug giving, hand holding, book reading, game playing, homework doing, all loving boy time ahead for us. Get ready. You're really a dad. Just as you've been for the past 10 months with him.