Friday, July 11, 2008

Finally Finalized!

We had our court date today at 1:30. It went really well. We were a little early getting there so took some pictures. Then Grandpa showed up-What a blessing from God. Shortly after our lawyer showed up. She informed us that the judge wanted us to testify on the stand about how children are decreed orphans in Ethiopia. He allowed us to both testify. Most of the questions were yes or no, but she asked Tanya, "Tell me about your trip to Ethiopia to meet your sons."
Needless to say the tears were flowing, Tanya grabbed the Kleenex box and answered the question. The judge was great and I loved hearing him say that "Layne and Tanya are deemed the legal parents of Levi Geremu Henn and Jesse Habtamu Henn."
We were so glad that Wally could be there because Levi and Jesse were up with us in the area in front of the bench, but Kaylee, Isaac and Erin had to sit in the audience area. They were able to sit with Bompa, Isaac took some video, but I haven't seen how it came out yet :)
I took the rest of the afternoon off and we went to Minerva's (fancy restaurant) for a late lunch celebration (it was about 2:30). The kids were sooooo good and soooooooo hungry! Levi at a whole 10" pizza, Erin ate a huge grilled cheese sandwich on Texas Toast! We went home and napped- Jesse fell asleep before we got out of Minerva's parking lot.
After naps, we went swimming at Cook Pool, then came home and watched movies on airbeds!
What a wonderful day!
Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.


Katie said...

It was so great to meet you all at church when you were visiting Lea a few weeks ago. Congratulations to your sweet family on this special day! My youngest brothers adoption date was three years ago when they were 10 and 11 years old. It was a beautiful thing to hear the judge say they were my parents' sons - just as if they had brought them home from the hospital the day they were born. :)

Hope you're all enjoying your summer! Blessings - Katie Bruno (Lea's friend from IL:)

Cameron and Janelle Staff said...

what an awesome day! So happy for you guys and your beautiful family!!