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Friday, November 2, 2007

And The New Name Will Be...

(insert dramatic musical interlude here)

We have decided on what Honey Bun's new name will be after the adoption (that we are now choosing to claim).

Her name will be Rebekah Ileana.

In other news, Michael took her to court on Thursday for her part of the DNA test. Her alleged biodad has already been and given his sample for testing. So now the 4-6 week wait begins for news. (Though a student of mine just had one done for her granddaughter and said it only took 3 weeks.)

Michael said the floor of the courthouse where the testing was done was standing room only - and testing is done once a week - every week. There were 4 "church pews" that were all full of people waiting for testing and many more standing. He also said there was much M*aury P*ovich show-like behavior going on which made him actually believe that what is on those "who my baby daddy" shows might actually be true.

The testing was just a cheek swab, but it took about 45 minutes for them to be seen even though he arrived by 8:30 in the morning. Amazing that there are that many people out there who don't know who the "baby daddy" is. So sad.

Next court date is November 26th to determine if all is lined up and ready to schedule the TPR date. Lisa mentioned how fast things happen in our state, and while that seems to be generally true, there are others whose cases have taken longer than ours. I don't know why we have been so blessed with quick turn-arounds, heavenly social workers, and a judge who does not suffer fools. From what I do know about our city, it appears we have 3 or 4 fabulous family court judges and 1 absolute nutjob. From what I heard about her, if we got a placement that was assigned to that judge, I would have asked for that child to be moved. I am dead serious. She is that awful (and new to the bench). Because Honey Bun's case is with the same birth mother, her case remains with the judge that was Cookie's judge throughout her case and adoption. So our judge knows the whole story - and us. It's no surprise then that she granted the goal change and supports TPR and adoption.

We're going to FL soon for an extended weekend, and my folks are driving over to where we are staying and getting a hotel room there too. It will be their first time seeing Honey Bun. I know they are excited and very nervous considering the horror stories and realities of the many children who are sent back to family after being in foster care for a long time - or even after promises of TPR to come. I can't wait though - they are going to fall in love all over again.

10 comments:

Amanda said...

What a beautiful name!!! Hope you have a great trip.

S. said...

Love her name! Good choice! have fun in Fla.

MJ said...

Beautiful! Goes well with Mia!!

:)

MJ

jessie s said...

Very good choice in name! It does fit well with Mia. I hope everything goes smoothly with the termination of parental rights and that you get the DNA swab back soon! If the dad is different than who the biomom thinks, do you have to try and track him down to terminate the rights?
praying for you! jessie

Robin said...

Beautiful name!! I wish our system moved that fast! Thanks for your comment on my last post:) I need all the support and prayers I can get!

Julie said...

I love the name!! My sister is a Rebecca too- :) but of course in junior high she went from Becky- to Becci- :) and remains today a Becci. :)or BB to Gracie. I am so excited that this is going so quickly for you- it really should- I love the pics she is a spitting image of sweet Cookie! You have beautiful daughters!!!!!!

Patti Money said...

I love Honey Bun's new name. She does look SO much like Cookie and I'm so happy to see the ways that God is blessing you all! Maybe someday Honey Bun and Susanna can meet in person...they are only 28 days apart in age! :)

- Kelly said...

What a pretty name! Congrats on picking it out! I know how hard it is to choose a name once the child is already here. lol! We're also foster/adopt parents and I have a 19mo that we're working on adopting.. I'm having the hardest time figuring out a boy name that fits him well.. Any boy suggestions ,feel free to toss them my way!

Anonymous said...

Is there a reasoning behind you not posting pictures of the girls together, or your family together?

Overwhelmed! said...

I love the name! I'm so excited for you and your family!

We FINALLY got licensed (as of yesterday) and we're on the "Open" call list for emergency receiving and foster-to-adopt placements. Let the waiting begin (again)!