Monday, August 23, 2010

We Have a DATE!!!

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... ) - arriving home on Tuesday. Yep, that's 2 days of travel to get there and 2 days of travel to get home, for 2 days/2 nights in ET. I can guarantee you I will be THANKFUL to be home and out of that plane on Tuesday! (and I can almost also guarantee that I will be thankful for flexaril and vicodin for my back pain) ;-)

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!

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

his love endures forever.

Psalm 118:1


  1. December embassy dates are the 14th and 28th, if my calculations are correct.
    Good luck and congrats on the court date. Feels good, doesn't it?

  2. already have them on the calendar. :-)
    I can't figure how it could possibly be Jan. when there are 3 embassy dates in Nov. and the backlog should be completely cleared before then. Maybe there are a lot of others with court dates who aren't on the boards? I don't know. Not going to worry about it though. It will be when God wants it to be!

  3. I'm sooo happy for you guys! This is so exciting! Thanksgiving will truly be a time of thanks!! Love you guys! Jess

  4. No, no one will be blocking us from going--there weren't that many 2 trippers, but it does take some time to get the right paperwork all together. CHSFS families have been going 3-5 weeks after passing court. December 14 would put us 7 weeks after court, so I'm really hoping for that one. November 30 would blow my socks off! Still, I'm telling friends and family we'll have her home by January. You just never know!