Will we hear something today?
Every time the phone rings....
Every time I see an email from our adoption agency....
My heart skips a beat.
Things have been moving along, but it is never, of course, fast enough when your baby isn't in your home and in your arms.
Many times, days go by with dreaded silence. No word, no update, nothing.
But the next day brings that anticipation...maybe today.
And then there is Friday.
Friday is hard. A silent Friday is harder. When a Friday goes by without any news, the weekend ahead seems like an eternity because there is no possibility of news...until Monday.
We've had many of these Fridays. No news, no excitement and no expectation that maybe it will be tomorrow.
BUT TODAY WASN'T ONE OF THOSE FRIDAYS!!!!!
The process after our visit to court includes the following:
-Awaiting a new birth certificate
-Awaiting a passport to be issued (which requires the birth certificate to apply)
-Awaiting a medical exam for immigration/visa
-Applying for a Visa (which requires a passport)
And all of these are done. Finished.
-Awaiting news that all of the court documents are ready, everything is all neat and tidy and ready to be submitted to the American Embassy in Addis.
-Once submitted, there is a PAIR process that his case has to go through and then once cleared--WE CAN GO GET HIM AND BRING HIM HOME.
We have been awaiting news that our case is ready for embassy submission. We have some friends whose children had to go back for more medical tests before submission. So, we have been worried that Dawit might have to do that. Waiting, waiting for more news.
This morning, we got a sweet update photo.
I went about my day--running errands, lunch at school with kiddos, picking up after school, dropping one off at a friend's house, picking up another friend...came home and amongst the chaos checked my email.
And my heart did one of those skips. An email from our agency.
It said: Your medical is complete and you are clear to submit.
The rest of the email does present a prayer request.
NOTE--if you would ever like to work overseas, work in an embassy. The embassy employees get the holidays of their country of origin as well as the holidays of the country they are serving in.
So, last Monday was an Ethiopian holiday and this coming Monday is MLK. Each agency can only submit one day a week. And...you guessed it, ours is Monday. Sometimes, they allow Tuesday submission if that is the case, but our agency prepared us with this:
The embassy is closed on Monday. They are going to try to submit on Tuesday, but it could be the next Monday.One Step Closer!!
SO...... we are guarding our hearts and expecting next Monday (27th), but hopefully, boldly, praying for this coming Tuesday (21st). We would appreciate prayers to that end. It would be great not to add another week to this process!!
We're coming little boy!!