Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It’s OFFICIAL!

Today we had the privilege of “re-adopting” Mikayla in the state of Arizona.  Although our adoption was finalized when we passed court in Ethiopia, we chose to re-adopt here in the U.S. in order to protect Mikayla’s rights as a U.S. citizen (she can now get her AZ birth certificate, and we can apply for her certificate of citizenship), protect her rights to receive an inheritance, and to officially change her name to Mikayla Aynalem Hutchison. :) 

We were thankful to have Grandma, Nana, GG, Jen and Em there in the court room to support us today!  Thanks so much for making the drive!

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Judge Georgini was amazing with the kids, and even let Mikayla and Eli take turns to “practice” being the judge.  They each demanded they wanted ice cream and then banged the gavel.  Mikayla was a bit shy about the whole thing, but Eli grabbed the microphone  yelling “ICE CREAM” and then slammed down that gavel!

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We appreciate our wonderful social worker Marsha – she has helped us so much in our transition home!  It’s crazy to think that we are officially done with our social worker visits!  Kind of sad :(

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The three cutest cousins EVER. 

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Woo-hoo!  It feels great to be done with our last “hurdle” of the adoption process.  We love you Mikayla – you have been worth every “hurdle!”  Many people like to say how lucky you are, but the truth is that WE are the lucky ones.  Our lives are blessed more because you are a part of our family.

Okay, so now what? Who’s ready to start the process again?!?!? :) :) :)  Hmmmmm….

6 comments:

  1. Congratulations!

    Pinal County told us Vital Statistics automatically sends out the birth certificate, but you have to apply. Just thought I would share in case they are still misinforming people.

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  2. Congratulations! That is so wonderful. The kids look thrilled!

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  3. Congrats!!!!! Can't wait to for you to "start again"! Keep us updated!!!!

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  4. Congratulations on getting over one of the final hurdles...re-adoption! Our best wishes to your entire family.

    Tom & The Joint Council Staff

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  5. Wow your ordeal sounds absolutely agonizing. Glad it's over. I just found your blog by googling about a social security number for my adopted kids. I would so so appreciate being able to talk to you about how to get them. We adopted two boys that are four months apart. They are officially adopted and now we need to do our taxes and claim them. My blog is jeffnkayla.blogspot.com and I could give you my number or email. Thanks so much. We are so confused as to what to do and do not want to pay another lawyer fee to figure it out. Thanks

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