It’s official he is ours! Meet Matthew Tesfahun Heddleson.
We had our court date today (and of course Daniel chose today to have his meltdowns). It is always nerve racking when you go to a different country and have to go before a judge! It was pretty simple though, we got called into a small room, he asked us a series of questions, the best being “Do you like him” (who would say NO) and asked Daniel if he was happy about the adoption, to which Daniel replied “I am happy” and that was all he said. We were nervous about what would come out of his mouth since he was in quite a mood today. Then the judge asked if we knew it was final and said ok I will finish the paperwork and it was done. Really kind of anticlimactic but it is over and he is officially ours.
After court we went on the coffee tour and bought all of our coffee to take home.
Then we had lunch at the Amsterdam restaurant and went shopping. Shopping always puts my anxiety on edge, I don’t like to barter and I don’t like the people coming up to sell me other things. As soon as you get there you are attacked by people wanting to sell you things. We got the boys both matching soccer jerseys and traditional shirts.
Then we got a great surprise, we got to go to the transition home for about ½ hour. Daniel was so excited because he was really sad we would not see Matthew today or tomorrow. He ran right in to get him and as soon as Matthew saw Daniel he got the biggest smile on his face. Daniel had a hard time leaving him today. Please pray with us that Daniel will do ok when we leave on Thursday to come home. He will understand but he keeps saying “I miss Matthew”.
Tonight is the night we go for traditional dinner with all the music and dancing. I am so interested to see what Daniel thinks about all of that. We can’t wait for the food it is so good. Hopefully Daniel will eat some and Mark won’t try to much raw meat. I will update you more tomorrow on tonights adventures and our trip to the Gorge. In the mean time enjoy some more pictures of Matthew.