Yesterday was Jude’s readoption day! Thankfully here in Georgia you are allowed to represent yourself, which saves us about $1500 in lawyer fees 🙂 And the readoption was at the top of our list of things to do since we came home with Jude. Because I traveled alone, the adoption was final in China’s eyes, but Jude was not considered a US Citizen. Until yesterday! Also, his name was officially changed and now not a court in the land can dispute that he is OUR son, equal to all his siblings if we were to… well… perish. Sadly there are some states in which a foreign adoption does not hold up and a child might actually be left out of their parents’ estate. We wanted to ensure that our boy gets his fair share of that $1.75 that is left in our savings account after three adoptions in two years! 😉
It was a magical day, the judge was incredibly kind and the ‘proceedings’ were held in his chambers. He chatted Miss Sophie up and even got her to show her beautiful dimples when she was no longer able to contain a grin with all his silly questions (“Are you married?”) Then he took the time to pose for some pictures with us, scooping Sophie up in his arms like a grandpa. We were in and out of the courthouse in under an hour, papers in hand, birth certificate applied for, smiles on all of our faces. I think Jude’s was over the Smarties, but who cares. Jude William JiaMing, US Citizen and our precious son.
Buckeyes & Eggrolls says
I lurk your blog daily but sadly, I’m not much of a commenter (or the best blogger) I just wanted to delurk today and say congratulations on Jude’s readoption. What an awesome family God has blessed you with! Perhaps I need to delurk a little more often.
tears in my eyes reading this post…
I am so very happy for all of you!!
Mike, Hayley & Piper says
Happy re-adoption day Jude! How much is $1.75 split seven ways? You are funny Stef!
What a great day for your family! I am overjoyed for you all, especially Jude!
Congrats to you little Jude and to your whole family. I’m so happy to see that your state now see’s what your family saw from the start. Your theirs forever and ever.
So happy for Jude and your family! A big congratulations! It’s a relief for the legal records to match the records of your heart, huh? And the pics are so darn cute.
Chris & Deb says
aaaaaahhhhhhh! How wonderful for Jude and the rest of you!! Have a great weekend!
Congratulations to Jude and Happy re-adoption day to your family!! What a special day!!
Stefanie, I came across your blog-I believe through the CCAIWC group and just wanted to let you know I enjoy reading about your beautiful family! We adopted one of our girls through CCAI’s WC program.
Happy readoption day, Jude!!!! That was a wonderful post!
I loved it when you said you’d have $1.75 left. Tee hee. Just enough for parking at the courthouse….:-)
Happy readoption day!
Great photos, too!! As usual 😉
Global Girl says
Welcome to “the fam” sweet Jude..you would have really guessed that it was Ms. Sophie’s day by her grins! She is so beautiful!! love her dimples….selfishly, praying for dimples…..
Mom of 5 says
Congrats on the readoption. I traveled alone so it was a special day for us too !
You have a great family !
What a special day — Congratulations!
Your little guy is so darn cute! You are so blessed with a beautifull family. Happy readoption day Jude! I know now why you had the heart again after Sophie! Just look at how well he fits with your family. We would love to go back again in a few years, we need to invest our 1.75 and make it grow!
Congrats to you and your beautiful family!! Jude is a doll baby and Sophie is looking too grown up. I’d like the 3-year-old year to last about a decade. I LOVE this age!!
Thanks for your sweet comment over at my blog design site. The winner(s) were announced today. Yeah…I couldn’t give away just one. 🙂
I’m also offering a discount the next few weeks and always donate a percentage anyways, so we will see what can be done!
Congrats again. That boy of yours is one handsome little guy.
Congratulations Jude and ALL of you! What a wonderful day (and I love the pics, of course)!!
Wahoo! What a blessed occasion – I cannot wait to make this post for Hannah – we had our six month visit several weeks ago and we are so anxious to hear from the courthouse!!
So very happy for your family.
Hi, Stefanie! I hardly ever post, but I just wanted to let you know that our daughter, Mei Mei, was readopted last Friday as well! It was a special day for our entire family and my only regret is that we didn’t take more photos — you certainly did a much better job at chronicling the day than we did!! The nicest part of the proceedings was when the judge gave Mei Mei a stuffed bear with a sweater on that read “Friends Forever”… She’s been carrying that bear around ever since! 🙂
Anyway, congratulations to you all on Jude’s readoption day — yet another wonderful chapter in your lives together!
Mom to Katherine Yimei, aka Mei Mei