1/4 of a month.
In one week we will legally go from a family of three to a family of four. I know, we've been a family of four for the last 21 months...but in the eyes of our state and legal system, we are just a family of three plus an additional child.
It killed me earlier this year when I had to fill out the 2010 census as Marshall, Allison & SB...with legally residing foster child __(legal name)__. I hated having to do that. I almost cheated and put down Mac's adoptive name. Because when he gets older and his descendants get older they're going to see our census and wonder who this person is and where was Grandpa Mac... (while we plan on keeping the adoption talk flowing in our house, that doesn't mean it will be well-known in 100 years).
But one week from today we will be in the courtroom for the final time in Mac's case (21 LONG MONTHS!). We will be a family of four. Finally.
I'm so happy I could cry. This has been the hardest journey of my life so far. But he's worth it...so worth it. In one week nobody can ever take him away again except God (and He knows how hard we fought!).
|My poor boy conked out on the floor after a hard day playing...|