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Tuesday, May 12, 2009


In my business, to confirm that you've completed a trade, you say, "I'm done on the purchase of $X of ABC loan at Y%."

MHW and I just came back from Queens County Family Court.

We're done on the adoption of the Vance.

What could have been a formal, anticlimactic process turned into an extraordinary, moving moment because of the presiding judge who literally brought us all to tears.

Mazal tov. It's hard to believe. Thanks to so many. I will post much more later.

Hodu L'Hashem Ki Tov.

UPDATE: Here's a link to the first five posts about the Vance (f/k/a The Baby and f/k/a The Toddler)



  • At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mazel tov!

  • At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mazal Tov to your whole family may you be blessed to bring her to Torah, Huppah and Ma'asim Tovim.

  • At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Robert J. Avrech said…

    Mazal Tov to the entire family.

  • At 12:48 PM, Blogger uberimma said…

    MAZAL TOV! Wow. What a fantastic surprise on a Tuesday morning.

    May she grow to Torah, mitzvohs, and maasim tovim, and continue to bring you all the nachas. Hey, and now you can bring her to Israel with you!

  • At 12:52 PM, Blogger Mo's Bro said…

    Mazel Tov!

    How come the family didn't get an email??

    I'll speak to you soon!!

  • At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am so happy for you all.

  • At 3:25 PM, Blogger Shira Salamone said…

    Mazal tov! May your new daughter bring you much joy, and grow to Torah, mitzvot, and maasim tovim.

  • At 3:29 PM, Blogger and so it shall be... said…

    "Wow," said Lilly. That was just about all she could say. "Wow."

  • At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Jordan Hirsch said…

    Wow! You and I don't always agree, but your heart is as big as they come!

  • At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    First let me wish you mazel tov on the adoption of your daughter.

    Second, although we don't know the circumstances behind the termination of parental rights of the Vance's bio-parents, I'm sure today is also a bittersweet day.

    Sending you lots of good thoughts today,

  • At 4:17 PM, Blogger treppenwitz said…

    Mazal Tov. Lots of nachas.

  • At 4:24 PM, Blogger ThePeoplesChamp said…

    Mazel Tov- only fitting that the MoChassid adds much light to his life on Lag Ba'omer!

  • At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mazal tov!

  • At 6:31 PM, Anonymous Stefanie said…

    Mazal Tov! May you have lots of nachas from her!

  • At 7:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    YAY!!! I lurk a lot and never post but I have been following the Vance for years and so had to write today. I also had to call my Mom from work today to let her know as she often asks if you have posted about her. Mazel tov to you and your whole family!! Observant Jews like you and your family are a great Kiddush HaShem.

  • At 11:39 PM, Blogger Jacob Da Jew said…

    Very happy for u. Mazal Tov.

  • At 3:24 AM, Anonymous Safranit said…

    Mazal Tov!

  • At 4:29 AM, Anonymous Jeremy said…

    Can you make sure to remember to tell us about the judge?

  • At 9:34 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    Thanks to all for your kind wishes both here and through email.

    I am trying to get a transcript of the Judge's words. At a minimum, one of the people from Ohel who was at the hearing was taking notes and I will try to get them.

    3:56, it was not a bittersweet day. It was only sweet. The bittersweet day happened on January 31st when we worked out an arrangement with the birth mother. That was very, very sad. (I posted about it in early February). But thanks for your good wishes and concern.

  • At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mazel tov to you and your entire family!

    D. Ostreicher


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