We are still doing the Adoption Thing.
You know its taking a long time when people ask you that.
So long that they think you may have given it up.
In fact it's almost been a whole year since we started, and
we still haven't got all the paperwork in yet. But we are closer than ever.
We've got the money for the dossier and fingerprinting.
We've got all the paperwork except for the letter of employment and proof of life insurance, both of which have to come from Jeremiah's employer.
We originally were requesting up to 18 months and healthy only. But the Lord has really opened our hearts to a lot of things in the last few months. Last month we added several (what I would call minor) special needs to our request, along with healthy. So she could end up being healthy or not. Doesn't matter to us.
Our special needs are:
Missing Fingers/Hand deformity
Strabismus (crossed eyes)
How the Referral works is that when we have all the paperwork done and sent over to the government over there, then we will get on a waiting list. I don't know how long it will be. For healthy children 0-12 months typically it is about a 7-11 month wait right now, but our factors are different, so it could be sooner. When they are able to match us with a baby, they our agency coordinator Lauren will email us photos and call us at the same time to discuss specifics. Then we will have the chance to accept or decline the referral, but we've already decided that we will accept any referral we get.
After that Im not exactly sure about. We will travel a few weeks from getting the referral to visit her and see Ethiopia. That is supposed to be about 7-11 days. Then we will come home and wait to see if we passed court, meaning our case was heard and we were granted custody of her, and her parents rights were terminated. Then we will go back and get her visa, birth certificate and be able to bring her home. We should be there about 5-6 days.
The date I have in my mind is January. I'm not even going to let myself think it could be sooner than that, so if it is I will be surprised, and if not, I won't be disappointed.
We are still selling shirts on here and in the Etsy store.
Also we have a few fundraisers in the works, so stay tuned!