There are so many posts I’ve been planning to write, and just haven’t found the time or motivation. But today we got good news, and I had to share. E’s lawyer called to tell us that the judge terminated the rights of E’s biological parents. This is a HUGE step toward finalizing his adoption. We’re not out of the woods yet, though. Both parents still have 30 days to appeal the decision. I hope they don’t, or that they decide to sign the open adoption agreement instead. I hope they realize what the judge did, that E being adopted is in his best interests. I hope they listen to E, who has made it crystal clear that this is HIS wish and desire. In the meantime, this is a big weight off our shoulders, and I’m so glad the decision was made as quickly as it was.
I’m happy, but I’m also a little sad. I doubt his dad is really very upset (since he didn’t even show up for the trial), but I’m sure his mom is devastated. She loves him. She wanted him back. She wanted another chance to parent him. She will think the judge made the wrong decision. She may think she must appeal so E doesn’t think she gave up on him. I’m sure she’ll cry when she hears the news, in a very different way than I cried when I heard. I’m happy for us, relieved for E, sure that this is right for him. But I’m still praying for her in her grief.