This won’t be my wittiest, most creative, tear-inducing post. Nope, it’s just a plain ole update about what’s been going on with our kiddos.
Since we’ve been home, things have been busy in Ethiopia. Our kids now have birth certificates and passports. They got a medical exam this week. We were really hoping our case would get submitted to the Embassy this week, but that didn’t happen. And that’s really a bummer. For some reason, agencies can only submit cases on Thursdays. The medical results weren’t back in time to submit them today, so now we have to wait a whole ‘nother week just to get submitted. Which is really frustrating! It’s frustrating for any adoptive family because you’re ready to get your kids home, but it’s especially frustrating for us when a week’s time can be the difference between me being able to travel or not (due to pregnancy). So, we are upset about not getting submitted to Embassy this week but happy that things are moving along otherwise. It’s out of our control so all we can do is trust that it’s all working out like it’s supposed to.
After we get submitted, the Embassy will do their research. This could be very quick or very slow. Relinquishment cases like ours tend to be quicker, so we are hoping that is the case for us. When they’re done with their research, they’ll schedule an appointment for us and then we go back to bring them home! We will likely get short notice to travel again.
We have been in regular contact with the kids via our agency. A few times a week we send them pictures and a little note. The agency reports back how they reacted- they tell us that the kids ask at least five times a day when we’re coming back….which is both uplifting and heartbreaking!
If I had to guess, I’d say we’ll have them home mid-January. Wanna place bets on the day?