Wednesday marks the official end of the paperwork and court proceedings for our adoption (okay, unless you count the post-placement reports we have to send to the Ethiopian gov’t every year until the kids turn 18).
Even though our adoption is final in the eyes of Ethiopia and the kids have Permanent Resident status, the readoption process is needed to gain their full U.S. citizenship, social security numbers and all that other stuff that will one day prove useful 🙂
It entails our social worker right a report, us filing some paperwork with the County (all free and they are very helpful) and then getting assigned a court date and time. Somehow we lucked into a really quick court date, even our social worker was surprised.
We turned it into a family celebration and decided that Ethiopian food was in order. Beza has been yearning for Doro Wat for more than a month. My original plan was to go to court and then take everyone to one of the Ethiopian restaurants that is on the other side of town. But then our court time was 8:30 a.m. So instead I decided to cook it up myself. I spent about 5 hours in the kitchen the night before doing the lentils, doro wat and shiro ahead of time – leaving the cabbbage and potatoes to the day of. Mark’s mom picked up fresh injera at the Ethiopian market that is close to her house.
Court proceedings were easy – my first time ever in a “real courtroom”. It was small. Of course it’s juvenile court so I suppose it’s different. The county attorney was there asked us a few questions, then the commissioner read the order finalizing the adoption and changing the kids names officially. They are heretoforwith name Wendemagegn Luke Gumm and Beza Eliana Gumm. We gave them the choice of whether or not they wanted to start going by their new names. Wendemagegn said yes and so we are gradually changing over to Luke although I admit it is difficult. I’ve been saying Wendemagegn for 18 months. Beza is keeping hers as is.
We went back to my parents house for our feast since they are centrally located and it gave my mom some flexibility w/ her health needs. I was just excited that she got to be there. She missed out on the big airport homecoming back in December so it was especially nice that she could be there today. The food got everyone’s approval. Even my dad was pretty adventurous in trying the new food (we warned him off the shiro since it was pretty spicy).
As requested here are recipes:
- Cabbage & Potatoes
- Doro Wat
- Shiro – was made from an already spiced powder bought at the ethiopian market. Just sauteed some onions and added water.
Here’s a few pics from our day: