We received word from our adoption agency yesterday that the Ethiopian courts will be closed from August 6 - September 27. We knew this was coming. This happens every year during the rainy season in Ethiopia, but the time frame differs each year, so we weren't sure when to expect it. Apparently, when the rainy season is in full swing, the roads become so impassable that the court employees are not able to get to work and birth families are not able to travel into the city for the hearings, so the whole system comes to a stop. We had been praying not to get caught up in the court closures, but we know this is all in God's plan for our family.
What this means is that when we receive our referral (by the way we're currently #5 on the wait list!!), we will not be able to travel to Ethiopia for our court hearing until they reopen. Whenever our referral comes, we are now hoping and planning to make our first trip to Ethiopia in October. We would love to have our little one home by the end of the year, so if you're looking for something to pray for... please add us to your list! : )