Last week, we made the six hour round trip back to Pekin to complete Anna Mei's re-adoption so that our three girls' birth certificates would be in the same county. Driving six hours in one day with our littlest beauties was no fun and I am beyond thankful to just hang around the house for the next rest of forever. Seriously, it was rough being in the car, but worth it to have our sweet Anna Mei's name on an American birth certificate listing us as her parents. Praise be to God for the gift of this sweet, sweet baby! In court, the judge didn't know how to pronounce her name (she is going to hate me when she is a teenager) and Sean was shaky about when her birth date was, but they granted us the birth certificate. I think they took pity on us as they could see we had been through the ringer during the trip there. It is only a formality of course, because the adoption was finalized in China. We just complete this step so she has a traditional birth certificate at the courthouse. If we chose to not complete this step, we would have to rely on China for paperwork to prove our adoption if we ever needed it. We enjoyed our time at our favorite park in our old home, visited with one of our teens that we dearly miss, and then headed back here to our new home all in the same day. Typing that brings back horrible memories of trying to keep a 2 and 4 year old happy in the car. Glad it's over and that we have one more piece of paper proclaiming Anna Mei Elyse is our forever treasure!
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