Today was a very special day for our family! We finalized Kepler's adoption here in the US! My parents made the trip out to Port Townsend to join us and it was wonderful. It felt so good to see the judge sign the decree! Amos and I were a bit nervous because with Kepler's 2nd birthday came the wonderful phrase, "Um....no!". He uses it even when you ask if he wants ice cream, a puppy and a ride on a tractor. We were worried he was going to say, "Um...no!" to the judge asking if he liked his family! But....he didn't. Bless his heart! She asked him, "Do you know why you're here today?" just as his eyes caught the teddy bears lined up on the bench (for adoptions:). He answered her question with, "A bear!". The judge laughed and said, "Yes, that too" and handed him the bear. When she asked if he liked his family and wanted to be with them forever he shook his head yes (which he rarely does!). It was the sweetest thing!
In addition to our wonderful adoption week, we enjoyed Christmas and a trip up to the mountains to see Kepler's first snow! What a fantastic way to end the year!