Family Day!

Family Day!, originally uploaded by Kate Chan.

She’s all ours!

On December 11, our adoption was finalized. Finalization is a legal proceeding that we can best describe as a mini-commitment ceremony/wedding to our little imp. We wrote some vows to read to her in front of the judge, but in the end, we were both too teary-eyed and my voice was cracking too much to be able to communicate what my heart was saying.  We ended up reading them to her in the car on the way to the airport.  We were on the way to meet her grandparents (my Love’s family) for the first time.  It has been a wonder-filled week, let me tell you!

OH, the joy of knowing that she is now and forever will be legally OURS is almost impossible to put in to words. There is no other feeling that could ever surpass the sweet moments of holding her after and the true knowing that there were no more hurdles to jump or obstacles to being declared official “parents” of this little bundle of joy.

What is true for us both is that the moment we laid our eyes on hers in a photograph last October 27, we knew she was meant to be ours. Even my mother-in-law, who before this experience has had little exposure to adoption, has stated that she truly believes that Zoe is ours: heart, mind and soul. What is meant to be in the world is and comes in to being. It’s amazing to us all how the world had to come together in order to orchestrate her healthy and safe birth in South Korea and the multitudes of changes, travels, hurdles, and requirements that had to be met and overcome for her to arrive safely in our arms at the Sea-Tac airport on April 9.

My life will never, ever be the same.
And for that, I am eternally grateful.

May these Holidays usher in unknown joy and awe in your lives as well.
~Kate & Family


  1. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!

  2. Congratulations! That is absolutely fabulous =D.

  3. summar ann says:

    God bless your sweet family!

  4. Congrats!! What an awesome Christmas present! :)

  5. She’s adorable. Congratulations!!!

  6. Congratulations!

  7. Congratulations! I know your feelings exactly; our daughter’s American adoption was finalized just before Thanksgiving in 2003. A great, joyful emotional rollercoaster!

  8. Your post brought tears to my eyes- it’s so clear just by reading how very much you love your little darling! Happy Family Day, and congratulations!

  9. Congratulations, blessings, and joy!

  10. Congrats! She’s gorgeous. :)

  11. Shirley@gfe says:

    Oh, I am so very happy for you all! She is just too cute in that photo. And, her hair looks great, too. 😉

    Happy Holidays, Kate!


  12. Barbara S. says:

    Congratulations on this important event in the life of your family.

  13. You are so right that you will never be the same. No matter what happens, you are a changed person because of this.

  14. that’s so awesome. congrats!

  15. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!

  16. Congratulations!!!

  17. Congratulations on the finalization! I am adopted, as is my sister and her beautiful daughter. I was fortunate and was able to attend my niece’s finalization this past July. It was so joyus. Wishing your family a wonderful holiday season.

  18. Annie Denn says:

    Many, many congratulations. Your little angel is a beauty, and look at that spectacular dress. You are the luckiest of families.

    I am myself the proud grandmother of two adopted children, one from Siberia, one from South Korea, who look very much like their adoptive Japanese Daddy.

    They are the great joy of our lives – totally ours in every way. Some things in life are just meant to be.

    Big hugs, Annie

  19. Congrats! what a special day for your family. thanks for sharing it with us!

  20. Congratulations! The finalization is such an important and wonderful step and every adoptive parent and family member knows that:)

  21. Congrats – she is adorable! We wish you a lifetime of happiness together. Thanks for the photo card – we love it! We’ve been lax in our cards this year. Merry Christmas and a wonderful Happy New Year!

  22. Grandma of Emalee says:

    Congratulations to you! I too am the proud grandmother of an adopted Chinese girl. She is now 4 yrs. old and the love of our lives. She came to my daughter at just llmos. after a long wait. We are truly blessed also. May God bless you and your beautiful little girl.

  23. Jan Andrews says:

    Awesome! You are a lucky family!

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