Our adoption agency called on Friday with the exciting news that we have received a court date! We are scheduled to appear in court in Addis Ababa on November 30. This is earlier than we expected, and it means that it is a little over six weeks until we get to meet our new children face-to-face.
This is the first of two trips we will make to Ethiopia. The second will be 4-12 weeks after we pass court and will be for United States Embassy clearance and to bring our children home for good.
On this first trip we are bringing Jack and Tori to meet their new brother and sister. They are so very excited to go to ‘Opia (as Tori calls it). They pray for and talk about their new brother and sister every day, and I can’t wait to watch them all play together for the very first time. And I’m so grateful to my wonderful sister-in-law Megan who agreed to take time off from her job as an ICU nurse to come with us. She’s a super-fun aunt and I know our new kids are going to love her.
We fly out the day after Thanksgiving and hope to meet our children a day or so after we arrive in country. (What a day that will be! I imagine it over and over in my mind.) Over the next few days we will spend many precious hours getting to play with them and their friends at the Transition Home. The hardest part will be returning home without them. But hopefully not for long.
As always, I can’t thank you enough for your ongoing prayers and support. If you would be so kind as to pray, here are a few requests:
-For safe and smooth travel
-For us to pass court with no delays
-For a joyful meeting with our kids
You can follow along on our adoption blog for more detailed updates in the weeks ahead. Thank you so much for your prayers!