Our Official Travel packet arrived in the mail today. It's full of travel information, both general for traveling to Ethiopia and specific, in terms of the necessary documents and details on the adoption side of the house we need to get together.
We're going to make our own travel arrangements, because from here, it's just easier and we will most likely get a better price. We went to the travel agent the other day and inquired about it. We will try to get a direct flight on Ethiopian Air instead of the KLM flight I took last summer. It was a great flight, but direct would be fabulous.
I think the Official Travel packet means that we're legit and we will be traveling to Ethiopia! Woo hoo! Of course we need a successful court date first, but this is big news. It was encouraging to finally get this step in the mail. Now I need to get to work and get some things notarized, faxed, copied and so on. I've busted out my orange highlighter and I'm going through the packet line by line. Each paragraph gets us closer to our boy!
I don't think the paperwork ever really ends. You just take a little break during the wait. But, no, you do not hear me complaining. I will notarize, fax, copy and so on joyfully and with Silas in my heart. I would walk 10 miles in the snow uphill both ways and barefoot to fax a document for that boy! Thankfully we are having a very mild winter, but I would do it if I had to. :) I'm sure that counts for something.
No word yet on when our court appointment is. We are continuing to pray that it's this month and we will travel in April. I'll keep you posted, no pun intended.