September 3, 2010
We receive a call from Jason's aunt and she tells us that she met a pregnant woman who couldn't keep her baby. She told us that she had told this woman all about us and she wanted to meet us, that is, if we were interested in adopting her baby.

We hopped in the car and zoomed to meet her. We spoke for an hour, maybe more, and all came to the agreement that we would adopt her baby.

September 4-28, 2010
We met with the birth mother several times and took her to lunch. We spent many hours talking with her and got to know her. We even brought her to the house so that she could see where her baby boy would be living, and to assure her that we were ready and excited.

Delia took her to all her OB appointments. And both of us got to see her ultra sound and see our baby boy.

We hire a lawyer to get the necessary paperwork in order.

September 28, 2010
Jason's aunt calls us very late at night and tells us that she thinks the baby will be born soon. We prepare ourselves to get an early morning call and go to bed.

September 29, 2010 @ 2:19pm
After a rather quick and surprising labor and delivery, our baby is born! He weighs 7lbs 14.7 oz and is 19.5 inches long.
The Birth Mother signs paperwork stating that we have custody and power of attorney over the baby.

We spend the next three days (all of us got to stay in the hospital) getting to know our baby boy.

The Birth Mother stopped in a couple of times to see him and hold him.

October 2, 2010
Our son goes home with us!

October 7, 2010
We take our son to see his birth mother one more time before she heads south.

October 2010
Paperwork is set in motion for his adoption.

March 8, 2011
Paperwork has been sent to probate court. The lawyer told us that it will be 1-2 months before we are given our court date. The courts will tell them (the lawyer) what they need to publish in which papers to hunt down The Birth Mother so she can sign paperwork. I do not think she will resurface to sign, but we have to be able to prove to the judge that we tried (and when I say "we" I mean the lawyer, because he will do all the heavy lifting, that is of course why we hired him!)

May 16, 2011
We are see the judge for a Guardianship hearing. After a short explanation of how we came to be Adopted Parents the judge grants us Temporary Guardianship while we wait for the adoption paperwork to go through.

We still don't have an adoption hearing.

December 12, 2011
The rights of Stomper's birth parents are terminated and now we must wait 21days before the next steps: finger printing and then adoption!

March 5, 2012 

Done! He is a full fledged card carrying member of our family! 

Photos Courtesy of Haven Photography
"Farewell and 
Thank You!"

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