|Gavin, Scarlett and Daddy waiting patiently|
|Scarlett and Mommy waiting patiently|
|Gavin loved running around outside the courtroom|
|Gathering Gavin after he disappeared around the corner at the end of the hall and tried to enter another courtroom|
|Shirl, Scarlett and Daddy waiting for Judge Davis to enter|
|Gavin was such a good boy to play quietly with the iPad during court. It is a special treat when he gets to play with it so he enjoys every second!|
|The four of us before court started.|
There was a little hiccup this time in court and I was really worried it would postpone Scarlett's sealing and blessing that was scheduled for the next day. In the paperwork that was submitted to the court it read that there WOULD be a paternal search done on the birth father registry in the state of Utah. It had to have been done and until the paperwork stated that it had been done- which it had prior to placement and again a month after placement- Judge Davis wouldn't sign the final adoption decree. Our attorney had another appointment he had to get to but called his office to have the amended document resubmitted so Judge Davis could and would sign it. I think we waited for almost 45 minutes because there was another case right after ours but as soon as it was over we were able to go down to the clerk and get the official signed and stamped decree of adoption. I knew it would happen but I was still sweating it a little bit during that time.
After court we went to Stevie's apartment to visit her. Scarlett fell asleep on the way there so we weren't able to stay very long and we had to get up to Ogden for a surprise party for Uncle Ryan's college graduation. Scarlett did wake up long enough for Stevie to snuggle her a little bit and for me to get a few pictures, of course.
|Stevie and Scarlett- I wish you could see Stevie's face but this is so typical she is kissing her or nuzzled into Scarlett when she holds her. I hope they always have that special bond.|
Court is over and Scarlett is officially a Nielson. She really is a dream come true. Adoption is about love there is no doubt about it. Our hearts are ALWAYS full of gratitude for our children's birth parents and especially on this day for Stevie. If she loved Scarlett even just a tiny bit less she wouldn't have been able to place her in our arms and make it possible for us to adopt her. We love you forever Stevie. Thank you for making our dreams come true!