Eric and I are excited to report that our court hearing to adopt Selah went well-- no, it went great--no, better than great! Here is a portion of what Mona at His Hands reported to us after the hearing:
Court is over and it was amazing. I have been to 3 court hearings and this was by far the shortest. We were only in with the judge for ten minutes at the most. Rae Fang said this was the nicest she had ever seen this judge, she has given them a lot of interrogation in other cases but this time was very short and to the point. She asked why you guys wanted to adopt. She wanted to be assured that you guys would love her as your own and provide for her. The judge questioned the birth mom and grandfather, asking birth mom if she realized what she was doing. Once this judgement was passed she would no longer be responsible for the baby. The judge wanted her to state that she had signed all papers and made the decision totally on her own that she was not coerced in any way. The grandfather was asked if he realized what his daughter was doing and he said yes. The judge asked if social services had been to their home and done a home study and the mom answered yes. Rae Fang and both mom and father were given papers to sign and the judge dismissed us! Rae Fang was very excited concerning how things went, she has been in the court every time so she is a good judge as to how things were. Rae Fang will now request the home study be done for the baby and then we wait on the court's ruling.
Wow, what an answer to prayer!!
There had been those tiny little fears that pricked at our minds. Feelings that most potential adoptive parents experience-- Will the judge like us? Will the judge think we have the resources to care for another child? Will she think we are ready to take on the responsibility? etc.
Then we learn how short and sweet the hearing was.
Eric and I know without a doubt that God was the one in charge of that meeting.
Lots and lots of people prayed, and God did his thing!
So now comes another period of waiting. A guesstimate for when the judge will issue the final adoption decree? 8-ish weeks. ;) We will keep praying for God to guide the process and trust in his plan. And in the mean time, we will enjoy every drooly photo of Selah we can get our hands on!