I have just received THE BEST news, well at least the best news in the last few months. Of course, hearing we’d been selected by a birth mum was THE BEST news and hearing that we’d made it through the 60 days cooling off period was THE BEST news but this comes as close to that news as possible.

It only took six and a half months! But finally our Final Adoption Order has been approved and signed by the magistrate and has passed through the courts and is, as we speak being couriered to the Pretoria registration of adoptions.

Thank you God that our adoption is now official and in a couple of weeks we will be able to start the arduous process of having Ava’s name changed. I am forever thankful to our birth mum for registering Ava as Ava Grace so we only have to have the surname changed, but from what I’ve heard from my fellow adoptive mom’s, it’s going to be a long and frustrating process regardless. But we’re another step closer.

In few months from now, I will have a birth certificate that lists Ava Grace van Wyk’s birth mother as Sharon Anne van Wyk and her birth father as Walter van Wyk and all prior records will be sealed!

Whoop whoop!

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  • Reply ldr1604

    Wow that really is wonderful Sharon! Glad the official documents will finally represent reality.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:21 am
  • Reply mayflowerladybugs

    Oh wonderful! That is spectacular news!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:27 am
  • Reply mommy2m

    What fantastic news!! Congratulations!!!!! Good luck with the name change! May it go smoothly. I am so glad that little Ava found her mommy and daddy, she couldn’t have picked better parents.

    July 1, 2010 at 10:32 am
  • Reply ninadan21

    Excellent news! I hope the process will go smoothly!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:35 am
  • Reply hcouperus

    Awesome news!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:39 am
  • Reply marina1605

    Yay!! Good luck with the name change. Hope it won’t be too much of a mission.

    July 1, 2010 at 11:10 am
  • Reply ksmind

    So totally awesome!!! yay yay yay 😀

    July 1, 2010 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Me

    Congrats, great news.

    July 1, 2010 at 11:20 am
  • Reply trishdg

    Oh Wow Sharon that is fabulous news – a big congratulations to you!

    July 1, 2010 at 11:52 am
  • Reply zamom

    Fantastic news.

    July 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply holland713

    what wonderful news. Am really happy for you. All these hoops that you have to jump through can seem arduous, but well worth it. Have a glass of champagne to celebrate.

    July 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply suestuart

    I have a lump in my throat reading this, a happy lump! Great news 🙂

    July 1, 2010 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply livinglifelarge

    This is awesome news!

    July 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply niseysmusings

    That is amazing – congrats to you all

    July 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply orbit365

    That is fabulous news. Congrats honey!


    July 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm
  • Reply hanneke001

    Many many many congrats !!!!

    July 1, 2010 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply pandoragelb

    So glad it finally came through! Good luck with the name change. Am still waiting for our birth certificate. Been 6 months now.
    I hope yours is faster. Just remember, SW advised me not to hand in adoption order, they only need a certifird copy. She said it never gets re-issued, only one copy exists.

    July 1, 2010 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply staceysthoughts

    AWESOME news, my friend! I am beyond happy for you and your precious family!

    July 1, 2010 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply little29

    freakin fantastic – such great news!

    July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm
  • Reply nicky111

    Wonderful news

    July 1, 2010 at 11:27 pm
  • Reply dee

    YAY YAY, YAY!!!!!

    July 2, 2010 at 9:54 am
  • Reply coachmarcia

    fantastic news. Congratulations and yes, that pic is GORGEOUS. She looks so cute – those little cheeks want a nibble, I think.

    or is that only me being weird with my kids? LOL

    July 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply samcy

    Awesome news indeed! So happy for you and Walter.


    July 7, 2010 at 8:47 am
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