Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Officially a Family

You Bradley fans have been very patient with my lack of posting and your patience is soon to be rewarded. We've had a busy month, but that means lots of blogging to show what we've been doing!
So here goes.
On Thur. July 29, we finalized the adoption and were sealed to Brad! In the morning we went to the Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown, Texas. We ended up being the first case of the day. The judge sat down at the bench and said, "We're going to start this day off right with an adoption!" Sammie and I stood in front of him and gave testimony that everything thus far had been done legally and according to correct procedures. We also testified that we loved him and that we understand the adoption was forever and that we would always do our best to take care of him. Sammie was tearful during his testimony. I held up okay until I walked out of the courtroom, then I cried hard. The judge pronounced the adoption final and the baby's official name (they hadn't referred to him by name yet) as Bradley Samuel Markham. The whole courtroom cheered!

The judge, our amazingly wonderfully awesome lawyer, and the happy family!


In front of the courthouse with Mom and Jennie Boyer

We went home to put the now-officially-named-Brad to bed. Sammie realized on the way home that we wouldn't make it to San Antonio that evening on our tires so he went to Sears and got new tires. We dropped the "A" word ("we have be in San Antonio this evening because we Adopted our son today...") and got some pretty quick service.
Mom and Dad Markham, plus Sammie's brothers Dave and Jeff and sister-in-law Carolyn met us in San Antonio. My brother Joe was also there. He flew in with Mom and Jennie the day before, but wasn't at the courthouse. The sealing ceremony in the San Antonio temple went quickly. Boo was perfect--he even had the hiccups! I barely had time to soak it all in and focus on what was happening. Afterwards, we took some pictures outside.

14 comments:

Julie said...

Crying all over again...

Most Happy Girl said...

Well worth the wait. I am so happy for you!

Wendy said...

Hip hip hurray!!! A thousand times over! Isn't family SOOOOOOO worth it? Congratulations Markham family!!!

Janie said...

Oh my, I'm in tears! I'm so completely thrilled for you both and so happy that Brad is now officially yours legally and yours forever. Congratulations Sammie and Melba!!!! :) :) :)

Andrew said...

Wow, you guys! Janie called me at work about this. This just great news! A beautiful end and beginning to a great story! We love you! Andrew and Janie

Martha said...

What a great post! It's so nice to be talking about the finalization as past tense instead of future tense!

Spenceanna said...

That is so fabulous...thanks for posting! It makes me smile every time I think about him and his being in our family. I also love those pictures! I can't wait to see him (and you!) again!

Kirbell said...

Yahoo! How wonderful. I'm so thrilled for you!

lizlarry.anderson said...

Oh my...sooooo happy for you guys:)

Amy & Mark said...

What an absolutely scrumptious baby boy! We're so thrilled for you guys and for Brad. Hooray!

Douglas Family said...

Congrats on your forever family!

Rachel said...

So so so so so happy!!!!!!!!!

cath said...

so glad i got to an internet connection and got caught up on your blog - this was the one thing i didn't ask about during our chat, but i am thrilled it happened. forever families make me happy!!

the other Sampsons said...

so happy for you guys :)
what a day that must have been.. :)