November 22, 2010
Thankfully, the rumors were true! Turns out that although the courts are closed from Aug. 6 through Sept. 27th, the administrative offices are remaining open so they are still assigning court dates. We received our travel email from Holt today, notifying us of our court date where we will appear before the High Courts in Ethiopia to legally adopt our son.
I am grateful to finally KNOW when we're going. I am grateful to have months to plan ahead for our trip. I am grateful that we will return just before Thanksgiving and not only have time to reflect on hopefully being the new legal parents to M., but also time to recover from our whirlwind trip to Ethiopia and back!
Holt is requesting that we arrive in Addis Ababa, ET on Saturday, Nov. 20th - which means we will have to leave Pittsburgh on Friday. On Sunday morning, we will attend an orientation, then get to meet M.. That afternoon, we will be briefed for court and then will spend time with M.'s pediatrician. Monday morning, we will go to court. Monday afternoon, we will again spend some time with M., but then Monday night, we will have to leave ET to fly home (without M. - boo hoo, sad face, many tears...
Seriously though, we are thrilled. We are grateful. We are overjoyed. We are excited.
We don't yet know when we will be able to bring M. home. Embassy appointments are generally anywhere from 4 - 12 weeks after court. Another adoptive mom who has a court date on the Friday before ours was told today that she would most likely not travel for their Embassy appointment until January - which means that we most likely will not travel until January either - but we're still hoping for Christmas miracles!