It's official. On August 7, 2008 our Uganda darlings officially became ours. Of course I think they have been ours since we first told Mandy they were the ones. Then again if you ask my beloved, he will tell you that they have been ours from the foundation of the world(crazy Calvinists). We had a very fine afternoon in San Antonio. I must say that this was indeed a refreshing step in this process. Our lawyer, Jana Baker, was awesome. She brought snacks and toys for the children. You could tell she adores her job. If you live in Texas, within a four hour radius of San Antonio, I highly recommend her. The judge was wonderful. He was um... so much different than what we have been accustomed to. He said, "It is so good to create families, instead of tearing them apart for a change." We celebrated afterward at our favorite place, Chick-Fil-A. Yep, even Ugandans LOVE Chick-Fil-A. So with out further ado, some pictures for your looking enjoyment.
Me and my beloved. Man do I love this guy. Hear that honey? I love you, and I am not ashamed to tell the world. Thanks for traveling around the world with me to make these two a part of our family. Thank you for working so hard, so that we could afford to make them apart of our family. Thank you for being so patient with me. Thank you for being such a great father, and loving your children so wonderfully. I couldn't ask for a better man to lead us. (yeah, yeah, I know...you are just a rotten punk, totally depraved, all the good in you is the Lord's doing. I know, I thank Him too :)
Our little family, minus one. Hey, someone had to take the picture. Thanks Kaleb!
Noah, smothering our sweet princess with kisses. This is a common sight at our house. Someone is always getting kissed. This girl is a charmer, and she is so sweet and as stubborn as they come. Although she has finally met her match. Someone who can out wit her and out wait her. ME! She has made leaps and bounds since that first fit in Uganda. We simply told her "no" and she preceded to scream (a VERY high pitched scream) for 45 minutes. Then it happened again, in traffic. One could have easily gone mad :) She has been transformed in to a obedient (ok, most the time) little girl. She knows the rules, and wants to follow them. Although, like every other child under the sun, every once in a while she checks to see if they still stand. We haven't quite figured out a nick name for her yet. We have tried a few on for size, but none have stuck. She is a beauty, her smile lights up the room. I am excited to watch her turn into a young lady, who loves the Lord.
William looking quite smart, in his yellow shirt. Isn't he cute? Every time I look at him I break out in huge grin. I would spend my day squeezing him, if I didn't have so many pressing obligations (dishes, laundry, cooking, you know all that stuff called life). Hence he has received the nickname "Squishy". He is my squishy, and I love him...and I will squish him :)