Thursday, May 13, 2010

Officially Waiting (impatiently)!

I spoke with someone from our agency today and discovered that we are now #21 on the wait list for referral. When they received our dossier on Monday, they estimated that we were #28 or 29 so we've already moved up several spots in just a few days. Several people in the Holt Ethiopia Yahoo group got exciting news today -- referrals, travel dates, etc. I get so excited for all of them that I can barely contain myself. I can't believe that things are progressing so quickly for us. I don't know what I'm going to be like when we are the ones waiting for court, traveling, and preparing to bring our new little one home!!! "Maniac" might be a fitting description! Thankfully, Daniel shares my enthusiasm. :-)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Good news!

I received notification today that our dossier was complete and correct. It was sent to be authenticated by the US State Department and then it will be on it's way to the Embassy of Ethiopia. Yay!!

Also checked the bank account and saw that the Dept. of Homeland Security finally cashed our check to apply for the child's immigration with USCIS. Hopefully we'll get our fingerprint appt. soon.

Things are moving right along. Actually, now it is finally sinking in that this is really happening. Now I feel nervous. :-) Happy & excited, but nervous, too. Still relieved to be mostly done with all the paperwork though!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Missed it by *THAT* much

Well, it's official. We'll be making two trips to Ethiopia. The deadline was May 8th. In order to have fallen under the old law which only required one trip, our dossier would have needed to have been in Ethiopia, translated, and submitted to the Ethiopian courts by that date AND we would have needed to have had a referral for a specific child. Instead, our dossier arrived to Holt's offices in Oregon today. Oh well. We gave it our best shot and we trust that God is in control of this process.

The ET coordinator at Holt estimated that we are # 28 on the waiting list, but that was just a rough guess since she only just received our dossier today. Regardless, it's exciting to know that someday in the future --maybe in a few days, maybe in a few weeks, maybe in a few months -- we will be getting a call to tell us that we've been matched with a sweet child in need of a home.

One benefit of the two trip rule is that when that call comes, we will get to see our child sooner than if we weren't required to be at the court date. That will be a blessing even if it will also be heartbreaking to have to leave them in Ethiopia when we return home to wait a little longer afterwards while the US Embassy in ET does its' paperwork.

And we know that in all things
God works for the good of those who love him,

who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28