The Eagle Has Landed!
I thought about naming this post "The Blue-Winged Goose has Landed" (appearantly this is a bird common in Ethiopia, according to my google search), but I was afraid the excitement might get lost in translation. Our Dossier arrived in Ethiopia on Wednesday! It will now be translated and will remain there until we receive a referral for a child. We will soon have a family coordinator who is our contact person in Ethiopia!
To celebrate the fact that months of paperwork was out of our house and our hands, we went to The Blue Nile Ethiopian Cafe in Kansas City. We had such a great time experiencing a small taste of Ethiopian culture with some of our friends. It was also neat to talk a little bit with the owner of the cafe, who is from Addis. We will definitely be going back there. If you have not tried Ethiopian food, we highly recommend it! (Be prepared to eat WITHOUT utinsels!)
Now that everything has arrived in Ethiopia, we get to WAIT. Let the countdown begin...or should I say count UP...since we really don't have a "due date." Because of Thanksgiving, our Dossier was not able to be mailed to Ethiopia until 12/6/13. Our agency has been gracious enough to count our official start date as 11/29/13 though. (We sort of got to cut in line a tiny bit!) This is the date that we have started counting up from.
We have now been officially waiting for 17 days to be matched with a little boy between 0 and 3 years old. The estimated wait time that we have received from our agency is around 24-30 months. It seems like such a long time to wait to meet our son, but the older I get, the faster time seems to fly. Lately, the weeks seem to be passing like days. (So in that case, it's only an estimated 130 "days" to wait- I like the sound of that much better.) We know that God could choose to bring him home sooner (or even later) than this estimated time frame though, and we trust that His timing is perfect.
While we're waiting, we're continuing to pray.
We are praying for our son. Most likely, he has already been born, and he is living somewhere in the country of Ethiopia. We pray that he is being loved and cared for, despite any tragic circumstances that will ultimately bring him to us. Marcus and I are praying for the family that might have a difficult decision to make in regards to his life, and we are thankful for them. We are praying for our son's health and safety.
We are also praying for the country of Ethiopia. We know that when dealing with governments, especially foreign governments, nothing is ever guaranteed. We are praying that the government remains stable there and that the adoption partnership between Ethiopia and the US continues to remain in good standing. Marcus and I hope and pray that the new adoption requirement (the PAIR Process) leads to more ethical adoptions in Ethiopia.
For now, we wait...and we're really excited about it.