Wednesday, April 10, 2013

On Matt's Adoption. . .

You may or may not know this, but Matt was adopted. He was born at 1:36 p.m. on October 12, 1977 at Edna Gladney in Ft. Worth and went home with his parents shortly there after. Naturally, both of us think adoption is really awesome and that people who adopt children are a special kind of people for opening their hearts to a child to whom they didn't physically give birth. In other words, we like it.

So, when I was digging around and came across what I'm about to show you, I was both astonished and giddy. In our years together, I had never seen it. I'd never opened the legal paper work in the envelope of things we got from his granddad's house after his passing. Check this out. . .

Apparently, they orange-backed these things back then--legal documents are blue backed now. Or maybe this copy is just orange-backed? Or maybe it has something to do with the type of document it is? I have no idea, but how cool is that? Finding that also allowed me to learn something new about the man I've been with for 14 years, that his adoption wasn't final until 6 1/2 months after they took him home. Can you imagine what a nerve wracking 6 1/2 months that must have been for them? April 24, 1978 (still before I was born) cannot have come soon enough for them.

I would absolutely lose my ever-lovin' mind. Luckily, his dad's a really reasonable, steady type of person. That probably made it easier. Oh, and it was a completely closed adoption. I also found the letters from their lawyers that notified them that their petition had been received and when their adoption was final. All of that along with his birth certificate.

I couldn't wait to share it with him after finding it. I almost burst by the time he was awake. We looked over the documents together and reminded ourselves how cool adoption is. :)