Friday, September 4, 2009

beginnings and an ending...

What a busy week this has been, with both William and Grace starting school....William woke up bright and early Tuesday in a GREAT mood and ready for the day. (I love his sparkly eyes in this pic)

No tears when he met his teacher and classmates for the first time...he's such a social guy. He goes 4 mornings a week to preschool and truly loved it!

Grace unfortunately didn't start the week out so well as she was sick and missed her 'official' first day of First grade. Poor little thing has a UTI and strep throat...but is doing well now after a day home and being started on an antibiotic that covers both infections. (Grace is rarely sick) I took the below pics of her on Wednesday, the day she started school and can see she wasn't quite 100% ...but she is now thankfully!

Wed. morning before Grace going to school and with William.
Besides the beginnings of a new school year for these 2, we also had an ending. Wednesday was the last legal part of William's adoption journey. His adoption was finalized in our state at a court hearing....we had to wait a little while before we went into the courtroom and Will made friends with a little girl also waiting for her hearing. Dan and I had prepared him some about what was happening and how he needed to use his 'inside voice' when we met the judge. When it was our turn to go in, we went and sat at a table. The room was totally silent. William was sitting on Dan's lap with me next to him and a microphone sat on the table(it was on). William leaned over and spoke into it, saying softly 'hello...hello' to the judge. Everyone started was funny and SO cute (and very William!) The hearing was brief and William was given a teddy bear to celebrate his special day...the judge congratulated us all and William gave him a giant hug! I had tears in my eyes...over 3 years ago we started this journey, and what a journey it's been. What a wonderful little boy we've been blessed to to have in our lives. He's come so far in a year...and we ALL have haven't we?

13 kind words:

Kayce said...

Congratulations on the finalization of Williams adoption. What a special day!! Both of the kids look so very cute in their first day of school outfits! Glad it's all going well.

Marla said...

They are both so beautiful! Congrats on getting them back in school and on finalizing William's adoption! Glad Grace is feeling better.

Have a great weekend!

Dita said...

Tears of joy are welling up in my eyes, Gail. What a wonderful ending.

So glad Grace is feeling better.

redmaryjanes said...

Wow, I can't believe it's been a year already. Congratulations to all of you. You are a beautiful family.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Yes, all y'all HAVE. I love looking back at where we began and where we are now, both as individuals and as a family. Congrats on the new school year and hugs to Grace - the Tongginator gets UTIs all the time. They are No. Fun.

jiangxigirls said...

Glad Grace is feeling better! So glad the first day of school went well. Congrats on William's finalization. What an awesome day that must have been.


Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

CONGRATULATIONS on Will's finalization of the adoption.. what a feeling..
Looks like the kids are loving school..
Have a great weekend..

Super Mommy said...

What delightful news about the adoption! Will sounds like a total charmer!! So glad he likes school too.

Glad to hear Grace is doing well now - she will love First Grade!!

Colleen said...

Congratulations on the's a wonderful feeling {{{hug}}}} He is so stinkin cute!!!!
Love the back to school pictures. Both of your kids are so adorable!! Look at how nice they pose for you.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

What a week you have goodness!!

The kids look absolutely adorable......little William looks so excited to be going off on his first day!! How exciting to finalize his adoption too....I love the microphone story. I can almost hear his little voice:)

So glad Miss Grace is back to her happy go lucky little self....she is such a sweet girl!

Enjoy your holiday weekend:)


Courtney said...

Congratulations on the finalization of Will's adoption. Love the first day of school pictures. Hope Grace is feeling better, sorry she had to miss her first day.

kerri said...

Congrats to You all on the finalizing of William's adoption!
The kids looked so adorable on their first day!
Glad to hear Grace is feeling better, UTI's are not fun!
I loved your pics from your workshop, you have such a good eye, a great talent behind the lense..

Casey said...

Congratulations on taking that final step in the journey. It will be so nice not to do any more paperwork!!

Will is such a cutie!! Love all those pics of him. I hope he has a terrific year at school!

I hope Grace is feeling 100 percent now... sounds like she had a rough start. Hope she has a great year too.

And I LOVE the color of your door. I might have to steal that color....

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