She now has her official American name and will be issued an American birth certificate with our names as her parents. I love the judge who officiates. She does a mock trial with all the kids and explains history regarding the courts and legal system.
The best part was when the judge asked Lan Lan if she understood how long she would be in our family. Lan Lan said, "For one year. And until I get old and die."
And the judge said, "And even longer than that--forever and always."
Some people think it is too late for older children to be adopted. Especially kids who have always been waiting. And waiting. Some think kids who have experienced a harsh life will never overcome the effects.
referral picture in 2010
Those people don't know Lan Lan. She is one of the sweetest, most loving children in the whole world! She is determined and loves to try new things. She is musical, artistic, athletic, opinionated, kind, optimistic, sassy, stylish, thoughtful . . . and did I mention beautiful?
Forever and always.
I love those words.
How blessed we are.