What a week. Really, so, so many things on my mind.
A friend, her family, on my heart and mind and in my prayers.
Another friend dealing with the surprise of her life.
And then international adoption, the “ride” of all rides.
Today we found out (from the information out there now, though this could change as more information is gathered) that the Ethiopian government is making changes, most notably that they will now require 2 trips to Ethiopia. The first will be to attend the actual court date and the second would be to come back, get the child(ren)’s visa(s) and bring them home.
So as a family that’s caught right in the middle of this, our heads are in a fog. Truly, the thought of going to Ethiopia two times in a few months is a bit exciting…if it weren’t for the added expense, the total heart destruction at meeting our newest kids and then leaving them. So on and so on ad nauseum.
We really don’t know exactly how this will affect us until Friday at the earliest. Most of you know I’m kind of a glass half-full kind of gal, and I’m finding it fairly easy to maintain that despite this rather large hiccup.
Because we’ve done this before, nothing in international adoption is predictable. We know in the end 3T and B will be here, they will be part of our lives for many decades to come.
Knowing they’ll join us at some point makes this just ever so slightly easier. That and knowing that the Ethiopian government takes ethical practices so seriously. For a country that has had various political issues, this is one thing they seem to be doing right. Heading in all the right directions. I really can’t argue with any extra steps that need to be taken to make sure the orphans are true orphans and not any form of human trafficking (if you’re anti-adoption or have any ill feelings towards international adoption, please don’t read that line as an invitation to insert your opinion, not the time or place). 🙂
So there you go, it’s Wednesday in most of the world and yet feels like Friday here.
But it was 60 degrees today, we spent most of the afternoon outside. This entire post could be a fresh air high, but I’ll run with it.
Hey Tesi, I'm right there with you–this is a roller coaster and it's crazy to think of all the unknowns, and yet we know going into this that it won't necessarily be a smooth road. Looking forward to getting better/more information on Friday…hoping there is some. Sarahhttp:// trektoethiopia.blogspot.com
The weather has been a shot in the arm for this soul. We spent the day walking in the neighborhood and then ended up in our yard playing baseball and filling buckets with dirt and water. And yes, a bit of hiccup with the news and after some initial complaints, I think we agree here. Well, twice is fun and will figure out how to raise some more money. Have a good weekend.
First of all congratulations (late) on your referral. So sorry to read about the changes. As necessary as they are, I can see where this new policy can be difficult for families with very tight adoption budgets. I know God led you to these precious children and He will provide.