MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas -

There was so much excitement and plenty of big smiles at the steps of Montgomery County's Courthouse.

Wednesday was the 8th Annual "Home for the Holidays" Adoption Day where 38 foster children were officially made part of a forever family.

Nathan, 3, and his little sister, Makeazyn, were finally going to have legal parents, even if they are their grandparents. This new family had been waiting over two years for this moment.

"The process is so long. You don't know -- you just don't know how everything is going to go, or if they are going to be able to stay," expressed Heather Edwards.

She and her husband, Wade, were getting set to adopt their grandchildren.

"It's a constant rollercoaster. We are so happy, and we are done," Edwards said.

Then the clock struck 1 p.m. and it was time to make it official. New moms and dads excitedly paraded into the courthouse.

In the Ceremonial Courtroom, the Woodards stood before the judge ready to make adorable little Lainey, 2, a part of their home.

"Can we have a big hand for this new family," shouted Judge Jerry Winfree to the court.

Cheers and applause filled the room. And with that, the Woodard's foster toddler was theirs forever.

"I can't even, I can't even make a sentence," an elated Jennifer Woodard said with a smile stretching from ear-to-ear. "I am just so excited. We waited for this for a really long time it seems like, and now that it is official it's just an amazing feeling."

Lainey and all the kids being adopted were given a new teddy bear, a Christmas stocking, and a present from Santa.

Speaking of the Jolly Ol' Elf, he made a special trip to be a part of this gleeful day.

"You'll probably, if you stay long enough in the day, see a tear of joy in my eyes. I just love it. The kids are so happy," exclaimed Santa.

So while there may be a few more items on the Christmas list, for these kids and their new families, the best gift of all is each other.

At the end of Montgomery County's National Adoption Day, 26 complete families walked out of the courthouse.

Wednesday's event was part of National Adoption Day which will be celebrated nationwide Saturday. Organizers hope the one-day festivities bring awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting for a permanent family.