We just wanted to let you that we FINALLY have a court date!! We are thrilled to pass this great news on to you all, who have been faithfully supporting and praying for us.
Our court date is March 27th. We need to be in country at least two days prior, so we are leaving Albuquerque on March 22. It turns out it takes a few days to travel halfway across the world! That puts us in Ethiopia on Sunday morning. We will catch our breath, and then the next day, Monday, we meet our kids! We are allowed 2 hours with them on Monday and Tuesday, then Wednesday we go to court and board a plane at 9 pm to fly across the ocean once again.
We will take a few days to enjoy New York City on our way back home, then back to Albuquerque to make final preparations for our expanding family. Beware, my nesting instincts are likely to go into over-drive! If you come by, be ready to help organize a closet or scrub baseboards. Pray for my poor family as they put up with me! :)
We expect for it to take between 6-8 weeks for the paperwork to be processed and our return trip planned to Ethiopia. If we have a specific prayer request, besides safe travel, its that our wait time is no longer than 8 weeks between trips. As of June 1, ticket prices for Ethiopian Air go through through the roof. (Who knew that Ethiopia had a high season?!) Since we are taking Jake and Emme and bringing back three more, you can imagine just how expensive the second trip has the potential to be! Thankfully, God is fully aware of this price hike as well, and will manage the paperwork according to His will. :)
Thank you so much for your prayers. It sounds like the kids are doing well, learning English, but ready to join a family…our family.