Well, what a beautifu day this was all the way around!
We arrived at church a litte later than I would have liked, but we only missed a few verses of the first song. We found seats and settled in for worship.
All of a sudden, we were called up front as a family. There were two kneeling benches in front of the alter, and I had assumed they were for our ceremony, but I didn’t have any clue what exactly we would be doing. Fr. Dave explained to the congregation that a month ago we had legally finalized our adoption of Mary, and and today we were aknowledging that legal commitment before God.
It started off with the presentation of the medallion. Rich knelt down to look her in the eye. He said this:
“Mary, when Mommy and I got married, we gave each other rings to symbolize our love for one another and our promise to always love and care for each other. Today, we are giving you this pendant, to symbolize our love for you and our promise before God to always love and care for you.”
As he read, I put the necklace on Mary. When we were done, we were invited to the kneeling benches, where Rich and Mary kneeled and I stood (not ready to kneel yet). Fr. Dave blessed us as a family, asked for blessings and direction for the birth parents, for strength to be the kind of parents Mary needs and continued protection for us as a family. Then, we turned and faced the congregation and were introduced as a family.
Mary was beaming. Daddy was beaming. Mommy was beaming.