What we do know is that we will definitely be going to Ethiopia 2 times now. Our first trip will be to appear in court to show our committment to adopt; our second will be to bring Baby E home. There's probably going to be anywhere from 3 - 6 months in between trips (I am only guessing here -- we haven't received offical word yet) We are actually excited to be able to visit Ethiopia earlier in the process to meet our daughter and soak in the country, the atmosphere and culture. It is going to be tough, however, to get back on that plane without our daughter. I haven't begun to process that yet.
So, the good news is we will get to see our daughter earlier in the process. The bad news is that it is going to add about $5,000+ to our adoption expenses. Again, we feel peace about this and know that we will have it when the time comes. We are hoping to do a few fundraisers this summer -- an adoption rummage/yard sale; perhaps a family fun day, and we are still collecting donations for our puzzle.
So many of our family and friends have been generous in support and prayers. You know who you are -- thank you again for investing in our daughter and family through prayer and support. We cannot do this on our own and your words of wisdom, prayers and support continue to carry us.
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
I Peter 5:7