Sorry, this is long, but I really wanted to capute these moments, because we can't make this stuff up!!
We’ve often said that we’d go to the end of the world to bring “E” home. We surely would! On our way to get our last 2 authentications, I was thinking that’s what we were doing. Obviously, I’m joking, but we had quite an interesting 2 days.
When we arrived at the State Department, our first sign of trouble was that the waiting room was completely packed. We quickly took our ‘number’ and waited for it to be called. Soon, our number was called and we surrendered our beloved documents, hoping they knew what to do with them (like they haven’t done authentication of adoption documents before! Ha ha…) We waitied… and waited… and waited . . . After about 1.5 hours, they called our number again and our documents were complete! Yay! That wasn’t too bad.. at least we were sitting in a nice comfy air-conditioned office. This is what we needed:
OH MY WORD.. you mean we have to do this all again tomorrow?? What’s worse is that we typically do not "do DC" or commuting on Fridays. Traffic down there is horrible on Fridays with daily commuters plus sightseers and people heading to the beach, etc. Plus, I was terribly anxious to let my original documents with them overnight! Can you imagine if they were lost?
On the way home we devised a plan of attack for the next day. The boys would go to our cabin with my parents and we would bring baby Faith along with us. Everyone at work wanted to see baby Faith anyway, so we’d swing in, let them meet Faith, and then head to the Embassy, get our documents and overnight them to our Agency. Maybe we’d even stop for Ethiopian food on the way home. Life is good.
Everything would work out… we were back on our path and were determined to get this done! Until . . . . Dylan woke up at 2:30 a.m. SICK. (are you serious – we can clearly see that the enemy doesn’t want us to get these documents back over to Ethiopia!!)
Ok, DETOUR… so, long story short, I stayed home with Dylan and Faith. Brad made the trip by himself, hoping that both of us didn’t have to be there to pick up the documents… Anyway, after another 7 hour round-trip (along with waiting in a huge line again and a possible scare that they'd lost our documents), Brad returned with this:
Yay! Even through detours and unmet expectations, God is always faithful!
Our documents headed over to Ethiopia today to get translated and filed in court until our Court Date!
One thing we learned in this journey is patience!!! I can honestly say that "us" Americans are in way too much of a hurry. Just spending a few hours in the Embassy, we can tell that most other cultures are not in a hurry :) I say that with respect. No one else waiting in line at the Ethiopian Embassy (besides Americans) seemed to be bothered by the wait. People would get up to the window, need a form, get out of line to get the form, fill the form out, and then go back up to the front of the line to submit their form. Try doing that at the DMV...haha... I think it was Pastor Perry Noble that said we are the only culture that tells a microwave to hurry up . . . I'm sure we will learn much more as we travel to Ethiopia.