It's all official . . . I'm now the custodian and guardian of three children and no longer just a foster mother.
I had my first court experience (outside of being a juror in a moot court in law school) and it was suprisingly easy and surprisingly quick. We entered the courtroom, the judge checked out who the four lawyers were representing. He checked out the papers, looked me in the eye and thanked me for all I'm doing for the children and granted all the requested orders.
I was a little shell shocked really as I'd been worried about it for ages (probably the reason for the sleepless nights of late) and it was all over in moments.
So, to celebrate, the children are having a carpet picnic tonight with creaming soda to drink, pizza for tea and Thomas on the telly. Now it's not long until bedtime so we can look forward to the rest of our life as a family. I'm shattered! I can't tell if it's relief, if I'm getting Kayley's cold or if it's a chronic bought of hayfever. Nevertheless, I'm hoping to be in bed by 9pm tonight and asleep by 10 . . . if I can tear myself away from my knitting. I'm half way through dolly's skirt and I can't seem to put it down. I just have to remember - there's always tomorrow.