Yesterday we were assigned our court date for Spencer's finalization! I'm not sure I can adequately express how happy we were. I haven't gone into much detail publicly on our road to finalization... but let's just say it's been a rough one. We had a "perfect storm" of situations beyond our control that made it much harder, and much more stressful than it should have been... and honestly, I was rather angry and bitter about it for quite a while. (For those of you who don't know, finalization should happen around the sixth month after you arrive home.) After a particularly enraging phone call in December, I realized something. I realized that this was our wait. Most people have a longer-than-it-should-be wait between referral and travel. We really didn't. Our call came 6 weeks earlier than the "earliest possible date." We were lucky. Very lucky. So here's where we waited. It wasn't easy, and I really did struggle with having yet another part of the process completely out of my control. And I fought the evil green-eyed monster every time I heard about another finalization. But at least my wait had my son here with me. My heart breaks for those who endure the wait on the other side of the travel call. Unlike my friends waiting for their travel call, I'm not waiting to meet my whole entire life, I'm just waiting for a stupid document that says something I already know... that this is my son. (And in case any legal entities are reading, I really don't think that is stupid at all!)
We'll "officially" be a family on May 6th... exactly one year, one week, and one day after we really became a family in Korea. I think that has a nice ring to it... don't you?!