As many of you know, our trial was scheduled for this week and next. To make a long story short, when we got to court on Tuesday (the first day) we spent some time with Matthew's birth father and he was considering agreeing to the adoption. He gave his formal consent today and said that he thought it was in his son's best interest. We will continue to see him. He will have frequent visits with his son. Through this long and sometimes very painful process, all of us have become a sort of blended family. In fact, when he walked up to us today in the waiting room he smiled and said, "Hey family!" We are glad that the legal process is (almost) done and we can all proceed together into what is hopefully a very positive future. Matthew, of course, doesn't know any difference and Garrett is incredibly happy! Troy and I are praising God and thanking him for the marvelous way this came together today.
We drove Matthew's father home and Matthew's mother continued on to San Diego with us. Having the four of us in a car, at the beginning of this journey together, was an amazing experience.
We thank all of you for the prayers you have prayed on our behalf! We thank God for the privilege and joy of raising this boy.