Received an e-mail today containing updates from our adoption agency. Here is part of what it said:
"...the Ethiopian Federal Court announced a change in the court policies today. This change requires both prospective adoptive parents to appear at court in person to testify to their desire and commitment to adopt their referred child(ren). Beginning today, families need to be prepared to travel to Ethiopia approximately 4 - 8 weeks after receiving a referral in order to be present in Ethiopia for their appointed court date. Families will remain in Ethiopia for roughly 5 -7 days and will then return to the US. After officially passing court, families will then travel back to Ethiopia approximately 10 -12 weeks later to pick up their adopted child(ren)."
This is a change from the original single trip lasting 8-10 days that we were expecting.
We were surprised by this announcement today. God was not.
Yes, it will take more of our time and at least a few thousand more dollars to bring our children home, but that isn't really what bothers me. What I can't bear the thought of is meeting my children and then leaving them halfway around the world for 3 more months. They are mine in my heart even now, and I haven't yet met them. How in the world will I leave them for 3 long months?
"You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!" Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)