On the morning of July 30th, Marguerite Jane's adoption was finalized. I can't tell you how blissfully happy we are.
The court date made legal what has been in our hearts for seven-and-a-half months: Marguerite Jane is a Leone!
Marguerite is an integral part of our family, our beloved daughter, our adorable sister, and person without whom life would be terribly incomplete. The court date just made all of that official.
Following the finalization in downtown Madison, we walked across the Capitol Square to enjoy a celebratory breakfast open house with bagels and fruit at Joe's firm. Marguerite was a little put off by all the unfamiliar faces oohing and ahhing over her. But she held her own in the presence of all those lawyers and finally fell asleep in my arms toward the end of the party.
Later in the evening, we topped off our adoption celebration with a delicious dinner at a nearby Thai restaurant where we created something of a spectacle. Marguerite enjoyed gumming scallops and pad thai (and littering the floor with rice), while Joe and I busied ourselves catching water glasses bumped by little elbows. A memorable night, to be sure.
While Marguerite has been our baby daughter for more than seven months, there is nothing like the supreme satisfaction of knowing that no one can ever change that.
We love you, Marguerite Jane Leone! And we are so blessed to have you in our lives.
We were on the very top floor of the courthouse building.
The kids loved the view of the Madison isthmus.
This photo was snapped by the bailiff just moments after
Marguerite's adoption was finalized.
Pictured with us is Judge Fiedler, who gave teddy bears to all the kids.
Marguerite is all smiles after her important court date.
Look at me, Mom and Dad! I'm a Leone!
Getting ready to head across the Square to celebrate with Joe's colleagues.