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Family Day!

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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