When we received our referral, we joined a line of families waiting for court dates in Ethiopia. A new waiting list to follow! We were originally number 20, and we're now up to number 16! Not a huge leap, but moving in the right direction!
Because the courts were closed in Ethiopia during August and September, there is quite a backlog of families still waiting for court dates. Some families received their referrals in July and are still waiting, so we know it will still be several more weeks. It looks like Ethiopia is issuing about 5 dates a week, so we may have our court date in about a month, which is so exciting to think about!
Of course, we'd love nothing more than to be there NOW! After we received our referral, I just wanted to hop right on the plane and head to Ethiopia to be with our son. I heard once that each step in the adoption process is the hardest, and that is so true! I thought waiting for our referral was the hardest, but now that I've seen his sweet face and have fallen completely in love with him, I just want to go and get him! Waiting for our court date is definitely the hardest... so far!
Once we have a court date, we'll make travel plans to be in Ethiopia for about a week. We'll meet Elias and be able to spend time with him each day and also have time for sightseeing and visiting the orphanages and care centers that we're taking donations to. After our court appointment, we'll have to return home and wait for the embassy to issue him a passport and visa and then we can return to Ethiopia to finally bring him HOME!!!
Please continue to pray that we will receive a quick court date!