Yes, ten years ago today, my husband, myself, and our daughter finalized the foster care adoption of our 3 boys. We fostered them for two years before facing a judge in Wichita, KS to make it all official. It's funny that we finalized in November during National Adoption Month, but back then I didn't even realize it was National Adoption Month. Many families plan for it to occur in November just for that reason, but we just fell into it.
Parenting three teen boys with high emotional and behavioral needs was no picnic in the park. But we did learn a lot from our time together as a family and I believe we are all better people for the experience. Every trial they face is still yet another growing and learning opportunity for us.
We have never made our adoption anniversary a big deal - more of a, "Hey, do you remember what today is?" type of thing. Some families go all out and it becomes another holiday. But we did send out adoption announcements in our Christmas cards that year to announce our new additions. What is your adoption finalization day to you and your family?
How do you celebrate your adoption anniversaries? Is it a special day in your home, or does it just become like any other day?