We had our last visit with "Parker" last night.
We had our last visit with Daniel and Josslyn this morning.
Barring any unforeseen turn of events at our hearing this afternoon, the next time I see those kiddos they will officially be Carlins!
I wasn't real sad when I said my last "paka" for 10 days. This is just part of the journey, and it is exciting to think that even though I won't see them for a little while, this just means we are one giant step closer to getting them home.
Court is just a few short hours away. I woke up with the jitters. I have been so calm, up until this point, when I thought about our court hearing. But as I layed in bed this morning it hit me....This is it. This is what we've been fighting for. Today it will become official. All those months of paperwork and stress and worry will mean something LEGAL today. Something permenant. As a friend said to us this morning, "This is as closest thing you get to have to the birth of your children." We didn't get to be there at the hospital when they were born. The moment of your child's birth is when you officially start your life with them. Today, we will officially be the beginning of our lives with our 3 new children. It might not be the day of their birth into this world, but it is the day of their birth into our family.
My prayer for our hearing today is that those present will realize that "Parker", Daniel, and Josslyn have the opportunity and potential to have full and wonderful life. I pray that those present will see that the kid's medical "conditions" do not lessen their value as a human being. And most of all, I pray that the judge will see us fit to be their parents and legal grant it so.