It is with great excitement and joy that I am finally able to say that on Wednesday November 28 at 10:33am, we received a call from our agency to let us know that we have been given a referral for a 19 month old girl. GOD IS SO GOOD! We are incredibly happy that God has continued to grow our family through adoption, and has blessed us with a beautiful baby girl. Since we still have a ways to go, here is a short synopsis of what comes next for us:
- After our agency receives our referral acceptance, they will work with the Ethiopian government to set a court date for us in Ethiopia. Court dates usually come about a month after our referral, which likely means that we will be traveling in late December or early January.
- Once we pass court, we will have legally adopted her according to the Ethiopian government. However, we will still need to wait for approval from the U.S. Embassy in order for her to receive a Visa which allows her to enter the U.S.
- After the Embassy reviews the paperwork, we will have to travel back to Ethiopia for our second trip for an interview with the Embassy, and receive her Visa so we can bring her home.
We thank you all for being with us through this, and ask that you continue to pray that God will grant us a swift conclusion to this chapter of our adoption story, without complications or hang-ups, and that we will be able to bring our daughter home quickly.