Now that our baby girl is 6 months old (WOW- time sure does fly), we now have the ability to actually get a referral for our son in Ethiopia. Our agency requires a 6 month difference between bringing children into your home. (Now that we've made it through E's first 6 months of life...and although we have loved every chaotic minute of it...we completely understand that requirement!) So now, we have the "green light," but unfortunately, there appears to be a traffic jam caused by ever changing laws and red tape. Don't get me wrong, some of these thing are good things, protective things, necessary things. But, they are also wait-time inducing things. When we started the adoption process, estimated wait times were at 18-24 months. Now, just 2 years later, estimated wait times are 36-48 months. So I guess we could describe this time period as more of a "yellow light" phase...or maybe a "yield sign" phase? Eh, basically, we know that we are in the correct lane, inching in the right direction, and that we will get to go at some point. (Thanks for putting up with my cheesy analogies, folks.)
In just a couple of weeks, it will be two years since we started the adoption process. Two years. We are so thankful for those of you who have been faithfully praying for our son over the last two years.
OUR SON- I think sometimes we confuse people when we call him 'our son.' We don't actually know who he is yet. That is what we are waiting for: our referral. That is our next step- receiving the precious packet of information that will tell us who our son is, how old he is, his medical status, and give us the first glimpse of our expanding family. Once we receive this information, we will be submitted to court in Ethiopia and prepare for our first of two trips to the country.
OUR SON- No, we don't know who he is or how old he is or where he is or if he's even been born...but we believe that God knows these things and that He is orchestrating it all for His good, His glory, His perfect timing. We believe that we do have a son living (or soon to be living) in Ethiopia. We will continue praying for our son and working to bring him home, no matter how long the process takes.
Recently, several adoption agencies pulled out of Ethiopia completely or are now only referring children with special needs. This is due to an increase in adoption wait times and the increasing costs of operating in Ethiopia. We are thankful for an adoption agency who is committed to staying on the ground and serving in Ethiopia. We are thankful for an agency with a large presence and network in Ethiopia. We are thankful that we can continue working and waiting for our son. We pray that this will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future.
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 3:14