We have a baby, with a name, so what's next?
Right now the in-country representative, Girmachew, is working on our paperwork for court and will request a court appointment for us. He will request a court date for us in Ethiopia. We are not eligible for a court appointment until some time in March. (A child has to be in care for 90 days.)
After a favorable court ruling, we will travel three weeks later. So, prayerfully we will go to pick him up in April. We considered traveling twice to Ethiopia in order to get an IR3 visa. We decided that traveling once and obtaining an IR4 visa will be fine. What's a little more paperwork, right?
Now it's time to pull all of the loose ends together and get ready for our boy. It's so nice to have a face to go with our dreams. Wondering if it will ever really happen is really hard, and now I see that the wait after the referral is really, really hard. I trust the Lord that he is getting the best care and all of his needs are being met.
We're praying now that we get the earliest court date possible and that it's sucessful. We are beside ourselves with joy and anticipation. My heart has been stolen...again...this time by a boy named Silas.