Adoption Day and First Christmas!
The biggest event was the finalization of Rose's Adoption. The finalization of Rose's adoption took place on Thursday, November 6th, the day she turned eight months old. My parents and Mike's mother were here for the occasion. I was frustrated because the court changed the time of the hearing and then the night before, I received an e-mail wanting to change the time yet again. I had people to coordinate with, rides and cars to organize, and the court was not right around the corner. When to leave, getting there, etc. was going to take some planning. OK, I admit it; I am a planner. I was so incredibly anxious with the multiple and last minute change of time.
The actual hearing took about 5 minutes. I remember feeling so incredibly disappointed with the brevity of the event. It just did not at all seem to reflect the importance and sentiment of the occasion. Yet, it happened, and that is the important part.
11/6/2014: Rose's adoption day!
The day after the finalization I was absolutely EXHAUSTED! I believe it was the fact that this day was the culmination of a five year journey to become parents, including fostering Little D. and a failed adoption and losing Russell. Too, the stress of the changing time and organizing the day wiped me out.
That weekend we hosted an open house party in celebration of Rose's adoption and her baptism, which was set for the following day. Our house was filled with people who have loved us and seen us through this journey. I felt incredibly blessed!
Later that month we celebrated Thanksgiving with my aunt, uncle, and two cousins. We had so much to be grateful for!
ROSE'S FIRST CHRISTMAS
Yesterday we celebrated Rose's first Christmas! What a wonderful day! We celebrated at home, just the three of us that morning, opening gifts and just being together. Rose received gifts from us, her grandparents, aunts and uncles, and her birth family. Here are some picture highlights.
Here is a photo of Rose inspecting the box of Christmas prezzies from her birth mother and family.
I waited so long to be able to hang our child's stocking for Christmas. My mom made these stockings for all of us and Rose was gifted another stocking by a friend of mine.
One of the gifts in Rose's stocking was a cloth photo album including photos of our family and Rose's birth family.
I know the photo's blurry, but I love the smile on Rose's face as she holds a stuffed owl from her birth aunt.
A family Christmas photo
My aunt and uncle who live nearby came over for Christmas dinner. Our dinner included homemade sourdough rolls. Moving to higher altitude of Colorado has thrown a wrench in some of my baking, but I got this recipe from a high altitude baking cookbook my mom gifted me a couple years ago. I started the process three days before Christmas with the yeast starter.
Growing up, Mike and his family had several afghans. One of them was quite large. They began referring to the large one as a wholeghan and the smaller ones as halfghans. A few years ago he asked me to crochet him a wholeghan. I dragged him to the store with me to choose the colors. Well, three years in the making, I furiously worked to finish his wholeghan for his Christmas gift this year. I did it! Here is a photo of my very tall hubby wrapped up in his wholeghan.
A WHITE CHRISTMAS
We did get a white Christmas this year! It started snowing around 3 p.m. It was beautiful to be warm inside with the Christmas lights, warm drink and food, and the snow falling. It did take my aunt and uncle a while to get home though because of the slick roads. We don't usually get enough here where it accumulates or sticks around long enough. We have a south facing driveway, so we don't often have to shovel, but we got enough snow and are expecting cold and even negative temps in the next few days that Mike shoveled the driveway this afternoon.
Playing games is a big tradition of ours every holiday. This year Mike gave me the game of Mancala for Christmas. After the dishes were washed and put away, the kitchen cleaned up, and Rose was in bed, Mike and I sat by the fire and played some Mancala. We had actually seen Rose's birth mother and sister playing the game the last time we video chatted with them a couple weeks ago. It's a fun game. In this pic, Mike was winning!
We hope for you that this holiday season and new year are filled with love, joy, and peace. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I will try to post more often as we approach Rose's first birthday in March.