DTE - 5 MONTHS
Today marks our 5 month DTE date! Our paperwork was sent to Ethiopia and we officially began the waiting game on August 19,2011 - 5 months ago! We were told when we applied with AWAA that we would "most likely wait 5-8 months for a referral - probably the shorter end of that because we were requesting an older child." Well, you don't have to be around international adoption for long to realize that there is no such thing as "likely" or "normal" when it comes to wait times! Things have really slowed down on all levels in the Ethiopian adoption world. Please continue to pray for the Ethiopian courts, the US Embassy in Addis, the USCIS Office in Nairobi, the Kilil office in the Southern Region, the medical staff and in country staff caring for the kids, AWAA workers here in the states representing our family and paperwork. There are so many hands and hearts involved in matching up and bringing children to their forever family. Prayers are NEEDED!
As much as I am excited to finally be in our "expected" time frame - I am not expecting much to come from it. God knows where our daughter is and He is preparing her heart as much as He is changing and growing ours! He continues to shape and mold us - ask more of us - use us - love us - lead us! I cannot wait to see my daughter's face - to see if she is coming to us by herself or with siblings! Will the call come this month? Next month? In 6 months?? We do not know what the future holds, but we DO know WHO holds it! So, in the mean time - please keep praying for our family and our sweet daughter who is SO very far away!