This just in -- looks like we will be traveling 2 times to Ethiopia -- once for court and once to bring our little girl home. The Ethiopian Government has just announced that beginning March 1, 2010, adoptive parent(s) must appear in court for the adoption hearing. The good news is we will get to see her (hopefully) during the first trip; bad news is we won't be able to bring her home. Maybe in some twisted way, this change in process will make things more efficient.
One positive thing is that she will come to the US on an IR3 Visa, making her an immediate US Citizen.
On a negative note -- that's travel expenses times 2!
As soon as I hear more from our Case Manager -- I'll give an update.
Truth is... we'd travel around the world twice to bring our daughter home. We'll just have to work on the logistics of it!