We had to drive to Waco (85 miles or so) to McClennan County for the National Adoption Day. The good folks at McClennan County did a great job of making it fun for the kids -- which is great because really only Gabriel had a clue about any of it. They had a fun party room with a balloon-animal guy, life size Toy Story characters (Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Raggedy Andy and a Toy Soldier), balloons, chicken, pizza and cake! Oh and chocolate milk. And grapes. Every kids' dream and every mom's choking-hazard nightmare! But they loved it.
The day was extra sweet for Paul and I because ALL the grandparents were there. Paul's Mom, Gerry Tischler and my folks -- Les and Donna Huntley --- traveled up with us and Paul's dad and step-mom, Fred and Pam Tischler drove down to meet us.
Our CPS caseworker, CPS adoption worker, Gabriel's original caseworker, our Marywood worker, and our CASA volunteer and superviser were all there to enjoy the fruits of their labor. There are lots of "hard" days in the world of CPS so it was truly wonderful to see them have a good day! They have all worked so hard on behalf of these kids!
Enough talk -- on with the photos!
|Benjamin, Gabriel, Marguerite|
|Gerry Tischler, Allison holding Bennie, Donna and Les Huntley, Dreena holding Maggie Rose, Paul holding Gabriel, Chanelle|
|The welcoming committee|
|All of us with the judge|
|"The Littles with Kara -- their worker|
|Fred and Pam Tischler (waiting our turn!)|
|Pam and Maggie Rose|
|The big girls, Alli and Chanelle|
|Ms. Diane - CASA volunteer for the kids|