Yay! We finally received our court date. We will be leaving fews days after Christmas to meet our little girl for the first time. There is so much to do and time will go quickly! Luckily, we've already secured our flights, so that is done. Now we are working on accommodations in Ethiopia.
After that, Visas. This will require us to visit the Ethiopian Embassy in DC again. Heck, they are probably tired of seeing us! At least we know where it is and we know to get there early before the huge line wraps around the building.
We finished up our travel immunizations last month, so that's done... but there is so much yet to do, especially with Christmas coming. We are thankful that we can spend Christmas at home with the kids this year and keep things semi-normal for them. I know they are a bit anxious about our travels too.
As always, God has been faithful and has orchestrated this trip beautifully. We will have 2 days of down time in Ethiopia before our court date (and we won't be able to see Baby E on those days), so that will give us time to explore her country, buy presents, sight see, and take in EVERYTHING. I think if our court date fell on another day, we would probably spend minimal time there... due to our kids at home, time off from work, etc., so this worked out great (although we are going to miss our kids at home terribly!!). We've also connected with 3 other families from our agency who are traveling the same time as us, so it will be nice to meet and spend some time with them.
Please keep us in and Baby E in your prayers. They should be moving her to Acacia Village in a few weeks, and I'm sure it will be difficult for her. Also, keep December 21st in your prayers. This is our first court date (that we do not have to be present for). Praying that all goes well there.
Our heads are swirling with excitement! We are going to meet our little girl.... finally!