My entire family spent the morning at the local judicial center gathered in a courtroom before the judge. Everyone was smiling and laughing. The judge even invited all the kids to sit on his desk and play with his gavel. The procedure was just a formality. Everyone involved had already agreed to the outcome.
In the end, the judge declared my sister's two newest foster children to be part of our family. Kori and Kyler (ages 7 and 6) received their official new names. They're ours! After almost 3 years of indecision and uncertainty, these children can finally relax into their future lives.
They walked around the whole day with huge grins on their faces.