Most of you have seen the news on twitter or facebook already. That the Babe can stay with us.

Taylor went to the trial (though he wasn’t allowed in the court room, as it happened), and the judge ruled in our favor. The birth mother, her mother, and the agency folks all showed up, but apparently the birth father (or anyone from his family) was not there at all. His parental rights are officially terminated.

So that’s it. Mostly. There is a 30 day period in which the decision can be appealed, but it is unlikely that anyone will do that, since the birth father didn’t show up. I guess we won the waiting game.

I know you all want to see pictures of her sweet face–and we can hardly blame you, really ๐Ÿ™‚ but we will, at least, wait until the possibility of appeal has expired. Possibly longer. We will see. I know it’s hard to wait, but I know you understand, too.

This is the relief we have been waiting for for so long. This is the cathartic release of the heavy clouds that have followed us for so much of this process. There has been sunshine, no doubt, but now that the rain has come we feel the breath come easier. We feel the joy that’s been waiting for us.

And we are at peace.

And we will be one.



  1. Renee wrote:

    WAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOO EXCITING!!!! Seriously in tears. God has rewarded your patience. This is so AMAZING. Wow, wow, wow! We are so happy for you all. We are the happiest for Bebe. She is the luckiest little girl ever. Eeeeeee! It’s going to be a nervous but short month. Yay for Baby Black. Faith is restored in the court system!

  2. So happy for all three of you, and for babe’s birth mom, too, for this being over. Babe is clearly where she was meant to be. Blessings to your family of three. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I am so happy for you and your family! I always remember the way you used to bounce through high school, all smiles and laughter. I imagine that look every time I read your blog. You are such a shining spirit, and Babe is so lucky to have you as her mother. I think of you and your beautiful family often. Congratulations on this momentous occasion. It is well deserved! Lots of love to Babe and your family!

    • renidemus wrote:

      Thanks so much, Cyndi! It means the world to us to have such love and support from all sides ๐Ÿ™‚ we’d be lost without it!

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