Friday, September 12, 2008

More than a Piece of Paper

Today, in the eyes of the law, Qavah is really and truly ours. Our friend, and advocate for Qavah, came to visit us this afternoon carrying the document that we have been waiting for since last February. Yes, it is a piece of paper, but its meaning is a huge event for our family. Our final adoption decree was signed and delivered! Qavah stood right in front of Bill as he looked her in the eye and said, "This paper means that no one can ever take you away from your Mommy and Daddy!" Qavah had such a priceless look of delight that I wanted to capture the moment on camera.

To know that she has a place of belonging, someone here to fight for her, and someone to rock her to sleep, means so much to us. She was treasured and loved before the piece of paper arrived, but today makes everything official. I asked Qavah if we should celebrate tonight when Daddy gets home. She said, "Yes! Let's go shopping!" She made me laugh while the tears were still brimming in my eyes from the wording of the adoption document. They read, "Wherefore, it is now by this final order of adoption ADJUDGED, ORDERED, and DECREED that the named infant child is henceforth for all intents and purposes, the child of the petitioners, Paul and Dawn Campbell." The matter is settled in Heaven and on Earth. AMEN!

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