I'm one of those sick people who LOVE what I do. Being a lawyer was what I always wanted to do in life. When we were told we would have to finalize the kids' adoption here in the U.S., I know I was the only person who ever exclaimed "HOW COOL!" For each piece of paper that had to be filled out and signed, I had a different one of my law partners sign off on it. And when my senior associate signed the Decree asking the Court to finalize us as a family, I got really teary eyed . It was such a great way to make my professional life personal.
My lineage of strong women in my life is something I have always cherished. My mother and both grandmothers encouraged me to be whatever I wanted with their only requirement that I be true to myself and to Christ and I always idolized my mother for being the epitome of beauty and grace and putting everyone else before herself. My senior partner is an inspiration to women everywhere who work, raise amazing kids and constantly bettering their world. And when Judge Walkley was the one to sign off on my kids' finalization, I was beyond thrilled. She is a stick-to-her-guns kind of judge who is legally brilliant and community minded. And while her office is covered with work, her desk is littered with artwork and pics of her family.
Judge Walkley and her staff are always amazingly kind, but they were perfect on this particular day. The kids even got to sit on the Judge's bench and talk into the microphone. It was truly beautiful.
Ruta and Alazar have always been "ours", but seeing their last names become the same and Le and I was such a fun day!