We had court on Friday, November 3. We had known about that date since we first got Little man so it seemed like it took forever to get here, but yet really it wasn’t long at all.
We were told it would be awkward – that was completely accurate. To sit across from birth mom and grandparents for hours, people you don’t know and the ONLY thing you have in common is that you love the same 6 year old boy, lets just say conversation wasn’t easy to come by. I just tried to remember what they told us in training, make them feel valued and respected.
After 4 hours of waiting (yes we were the first ones to check in and the LAST case to be called back, so much for being early). We were herded into the courtroom and sat face to face with the judge who would determine if he should say in our home for the time being. It was intense, it was heart breaking, it was emotionally and mentally draining, but when it was all said and done the judge determined that he would be with us at least until April 2018.
In April we will again go back to court and the judge will decide what the next step will be in his plan. He sat on Ryan’s lap (unprompted when there were other chairs beside his other family members) and curled up like a baby, like he felt so protected in “Dad’s” arms, it was amazing to witness and the caseworkers, attorneys’ and judge all witnessed it happen.
We left the courtroom he said quick goodbyes and we walked to the car. When we got in the car and were headed home I said to him “how do you feel?” he said “happy”. Wow, wow, wow! After that intense morning for us we had been able to “protect” him from the reality of what was really happening right there in the same room. We had many people praying for us and for that we will be forever grateful, we could definitely feel it.
So, we will continue to love and care for the cutest 6 year old, ornery, kindergartner and press on.