Thursday, March 4, 2010

You Capture - Hopeful

I took pictures this week, and as I released the shutter I didn't realize that those pictures celebrating love and family would fit in the category of HOPEFUL. Not until later that evening when we attended a celebration party. As my neighbor greeted us at the door, he was wearing a shirt that simply said "Got Hope?" And BINGO a light bulb went off in my head and it all made sense! (of course I didn't have my camera with me then)

Monday, TOF and I made a trip to Family Court. I'm not a stranger to Family Court, it's typically a place where people hash out their differences regarding child custody and/or support. But Monday was different, everyone was happy and I didn't feel the usual stress and tension. We had the honor of attending the Adoption Finalization Hearing for our long time neighbors and dear friends. Really decent people, professionals, who I never had a doubt would make awesome parents someday. Unfortunately, infertility reared it's ugly head and the road to adoption was a difficult one with several birth mothers changing their mind shortly after delivery.

Through it all, this is a couple that remained HOPEFUL and their persistence finally paid off when on March 1, 2010, the judge declared Baby Jay Z no longer their foster son, nor their adopted son, but their son, in the same way and with all the same rights as any child that would have been naturally born to them. When he brought down his gavel there wasn't a dry eye in the courtroom.



Thanks for stopping by, be sure to check out all the other HOPEFUL posts today.

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21 comments:

Lola said...

Congrats to the happy family!

WackyMummy said...

Beautiful!

Audrey said...

What a beautiful moment to be a part of!

Jenn said...

THAT is hopeful!! congrats to them! your such a great friend to be with them for such an exciting new chapter in their life!

T.J. said...

Such a great thing to be a part of- well wishes to the happy "official" family! And thanks for the "business to Blogger" tip; I'm now all signed up.

Jen said...

That is so wonderful!

Elaine A. said...

So happy you were in court for a good reason! :) Congrats to them!

Lindsey said...

I can imagine the tears... just this post made me cry! Congrats to the happy parents.

stansberry photography said...

Awww, so awesome! Glad things worked out for them!

Saj said...

Such hope! It's wonderful to find hope in a courtroom, with parents who have been filled with wishes and hopes for so long.

myfluffybunnies said...

What tenacity to have endured such a long struggle for their son! Glad you documented their big day and shared it with us.

Melissa said...

Very creative posting!

Life with Kaishon said...

That definitely fills me with hope. I work as a social worker in the city. Adoption is a beautiful thing.

Amy said...

That's amazing! I love when parents can give themselves to children like that. I know a foster mom who did the same for 3 siblings. Such love.

Colleen said...

That's wonderful! Congrats to the new family!

Upstatemomof3 said...

That is incredibly beautiful!!! What a fabulous hopeful capture!! I am so thrilled for your neighbors. I know exactly how they feel.

imadramamama said...

What an amazing thing! Congratulations to them!

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

Wow! Glad you took your camera, ma'am. Congrats to them.

Lena said...

What a wonderful post!
A huge congrats to the family!

Miz Q said...

I've been to two of these with husband Bob who is a lawyer. He says it is ABSOLUTELY the best reward to his job! Congrats to your neighbors! :o)

jaime said...

What a GREAT story - and photo. Thanks for sharing!

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