On Monday April, 28 we finalized Emily's re-adoption. This wasn't a requirement because Emily was officially adopted into our family while we were in China but we decided to re-adopt her here in the US. This re-adoption allows her to obtain a US birth certificate which will make life so much easier for her in the future. We also were advised that should the US/China relationship become less friendly in the future it would be wise to have this done. Mike was able to prepare all the paperwork himself and it was simply a formality to travel to the courthouse which is a familar place for Mike and have the Judge sign the documents and then take lots of photos. We were before a Judge who Mike knows well and was delighted to finalize our re-adoption of Emily. Emily was a hoot, prancing into the Judges chambers wearing sunglasses which were a gift from her chatty friend, Jaya. Emily acted as if she owned the place, making herself quite comfortable in one of the Judge's chair. After the formalities she happily let the Judge hold her for pictures and we were reminded of just how fretful she was when we were taking care of all of the formal paperwork in China and how she would have never allowed someone she had never seen hold her. Wow! We have come a long way.