1. We submit all our paperwork (done in April)
2. We talk with our adoption agency about whom we believe God is leading us to (baby girl)
3. We wait "our turn"
4. We get a referral which includes a picture and any available medical information
5. We accept the referral but the child is not ours until they have passed court
Passing court seems to mean that the child is legally declared an orphan, not always easy
6. After we pass court, we can announce our new baby to everyone and make travel arrangements
The families ahead of us have had to go through a number of obstacles before passing court: a new TB test that is required for all children, a ban on the adoption of children abandoned in Addis Ababa and the 3 week court closure. Now, these things seem to be getting ironed out and families are passing court.
I don't know what that means for our timeline, but I'm pretty sure it's good.
Time to start school.
Time to get organized.
Time to load up on groceries.
Time to make a really good menu plan.
Time to declutter.
Time to make a latte.