A little backstory : Mack and I started dating when Jack was just a year old. We did break up for a little while when he was a toddler, but Jack doesn’t remember. What Jack DOES remember is that his entire life, Mack has been his Daddy. In every single way that matters at all, Mack is Daddy, and that’s all there is to it.
Unfortunately, it takes a bit more
money work for the state to recognize what we all already knew. Even though this was a pretty-much uncontested step-parent adoption with no complicating factors at all since it was easy to find adoption law firm, it still took a LONG time to accomplish.
Now, blessedly, wonderfully, FANTASTICALLY, we are all McGowans! Jack’s new birth certificate will arrive soon from Austin, and we never again have to worry that something will legally separate our family. I’m still so excited about it, I can hardly sit still. 🙂
Jack even got to bang the gavel!
Of course, since this was a HUGE day of celebration for our family, we did it up right. After court, our whole family (including grandparents and some great-grandparents) went to our favorite diner for a big breakfast. Then we dropped Dottie off with her grandparents and changed our clothes, and Mack and I took Jack off to DFW for a day full of fun!
If you know our family, it won’t surprise you to know that our first stop was the Fort Worth Zoo. It’s one of our favorite places in the world… definitely our “go to” for days off, celebrations, and other days that end in “y”. 🙂 And because it was a still-sorta-cool Tuesday afternoon, there weren’t many people there at all. Perfect!
Jack has an extensive collection of pressed pennies from all over the world, and we’ve gotten to the point where it’s impossible to pass by one of these machines. On Tuesday, we added a Fort Worth Zoo monkey penny to his collection.
Jack’s favorite animal is a meerkat (which he used to call “smearcats” when he was a toddler, and that was the CUTEST). Mine is the elephant. We spent LOTS of time at both of those habitats! We weren’t swinging the gear we’d have taken with us if shooting pictures of animals was really important, but I can’t resist sharing a few anyway.
This next picture was probably Jack’s favorite part of the zoo trip, although I can’t say it was MY favorite. We happened upon the eagle right after he’d been given his lunch… a fluffy white rabbit. Pretty gross. Just be glad you didn’t hear the SOUNDS… that was the worst.
After a snack of tortillas and queso at Blue Mesa and a drive into Dallas, it was time for the culmination of our celebration day… we were Kings’ Royalty at Medieval Times, with front row seats, yummy grub, and LOTS of pictures! 🙂
All in all, Gotcha Day was a wild success. We got to spend time with family, go to our favorite places, and have an all-around blast. But there’s no question as to what the best part of the day was… when Judge Jones declared Jack’s legal name to be Jackson Thomas McGowan, well, there’s nothing that could ever EVER beat that. Our family is finally complete.
Thank you all so much for all your prayers and encouragement through this process. We SO enjoy sharing our family’s special moments with you lovely people!