I had the great honor of being asked by my good friends Abe and Peggy to photograph the adoption ceremony for the newest member of their family. The ceremony took place on June 4, 2014 at the York County Court House in Alfred, ME. That is the day that Shiheam officially became part of Abe and Peggy's growing family. Adoption ceremonies typically take place in the Probate court room. Abe and Peggy had so many family members come to the ceremony that the court had to move this particular ceremony to the Supreme court room. The judge went around the room asking by a show of hands how many grandparents were present. He then asked how many aunts and uncles were present. He got quiet a surprise when he asked how many cousins were in the courtroom. Peggy comes from a large family so there were a ton of cousins there! (Way to represent, cousins!) The judge then went on to ask how many friends had come to the ceremony. I raised my hand. I was the only one! He joked with the crowd and said at least the family had one friend. It was my great privilege to be the sole friend in the room that day. :-) I was only allowed to take photographs once the ceremony had concluded. We were able to take some pictures with the judge before heading out to the front steps of the court house to take several family group photos.
Is it just me, or does this judge look like the "Greatest American Hero"?
Here are the VERY proud parents with their new little boy!
Shi, you are now part of an amazing family!
Now THIS is how you celebrate and adoption!!!
Shi's new grandparents!
Welcome to the family little man! By the way, your new family can be goofy at times!
Shi's new parents, brothers and sisters!
See, I told you there were a lot of cousins there that day!
Congratulations guys! Take good care of your new brother!
Holy cuteness Batman!!!
Father's Day came a couple of weeks early this year for Abe! Congratulations Dad!
Congratulations Abe & Peggy! Shi is blessed to have great, Godly parents in his life now!
Hey, look at that! Shi's only friend! LOL This is a rare time when I actually got in front of the camera!