Adoption Day

January 31, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Posted in adoption process, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

It actually happened.

After more than a year, we finally got our paperwork together, hired a lawyer, got a court date and appeared before a judge.   And then, ten minutes later – it was done and Philip and Zach were legally ours and we were legally theirs.

Someone asked me if it felt different leaving the courthouse now that it was official.   Actually – it didn’t feel a bit different.   We drove home, like we have hundreds of times already, with our sons strapped into their car seats with a day ahead of us to play with them and love them and live with them.

The details on the papers have changed.   We can now claim them on our taxes.   They now have inheritance rights.   We can apply for their American citizenship.    And those things are big deals… in their own way.     But – in the ways of the heart and in the ways of family – this deed was done quite a long time ago.

From our little point of view, it was done when we were able to bring them to the states.   Or maybe, we could back up and call it ‘done’ when the judge in Uganda granted us guardianship.   Or maybe it was even done earlier ~ when were received our referral that these two were assigned to our family.    But ~ more important than our experience and more important than a legal process in a county in Minnesota is the reality that our destiny as a family was written before time began, when God put His purposes in motion for all of us.

Either way – if we look at it from a legal standpoint or from an eternal one – fact is, IT’S DONE!!!



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  1. Harding Family,

    We have been so blessed by seeing and hearing all that God has been doing through the adoption of your boys! Thanks for sharing it here. Rejoicing with you in God’s plan before time began…Jolee

  2. Dear Lisa and Tague,

    Congratulations on the official completion of the adoption of your boys! I know in your hearts they have been your boys for a long time now. What a journey, both literally and figuratively, to get to this day. I am so happy for you.

  3. congratulations, that is wonderful. we will celebrate adoption day 5 this year, can’t believe the time is passong so quickly! we are going to uganda in two weeks…all 4 of us, we are so excited! This will be our children’s first time back and my husband’s first time, we stay for 5 weeks! NO, we are not bringing home a child, my friends practically made me promise, and I am “but we are too old legally”, good thing, eh? haha

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