Today, December 15, 2008 was our adoption finalization day. It was our first day to celebrate the legal recognition that Vivian has received the name we’ve given her, Vivian Elizabeth, having a much nicer ring to it than “Baby Girl Z-T”, and that we indeed desire deeply to: love, nurture, protect, and provide for her as her parents on a second-to-second, minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, day-by-day, year-by-year, tantrum-by-tantrum, giggle-by-giggle, memory-by-memory basis for always, in ALL ways, forever and ever. (For a peak into our courtroom experience and the moment the judge signed-off on the petition, see our video below.)
We are so thankful for our close family and friends that have made this journey so unforgettable and so blessed. We feel the love and favor of being a child of God through this gift we have received in our daughter, Vivian. At this time of celebrating the most joyous gift mankind has received, our Savior and Messiah, Christ Jesus, we reflect on the scripture in 1 John 3:1
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the children of God! And that is what we are!
1 John 3:1 (NKJV/NIV)
From us to you, Merry Christmas!
Enjoy this video that Eric so lovingly put together in honor of our daughter, Vivian! It’s our gift to you!