Thursday, May 03, 2007

IT'S A DATE!

This Tuesday marked five weeks of waiting to hear that we had been assigned a court date in Ethiopia.

What exactly is a court date and why is it important? On that date, our adoption proceedings will take place in an Ethiopian court room with a CWA staffer standing in our place by proxy and Lem Lem & Bear will become our children. It's the next HUGE step we have to take to get them home.

So it had be an excruciating wait. We had heard so little, I took that to mean that nothing was actually happening. Had they been moved together? Had they had their second round of medical tests? Was anything happening? And the not knowing if our process was moving along was driving me nuts. A growing tightening in my chest, a gray cloud of sadness settling thicker and thicker. It was sapping any motivation to blog about life, comment on my bloggity friend's posts, write letters, answer emails.

About a week ago, we received an email with a second set of medical test results on Lem Lem, our daughter. They looked good. Making us all the more impatient to hear any news on Bear. As far as we knew, the two of them hadn't been moved to the CWA foster home in Addis yet.

So imagine my surprise when I walked into the house on Wednesday afternoon to a phone call from our case worker. I hadn't the foggiest idea why she was calling. I was completelly unprepared for her to tell me....

WE'VE BEEN ASSIGNED A COURT DATE!


May 21st!

Not only had the kids been moved to the foster care center so they're together now and the staff knows that they are to be brother and sister, Bear's second set of medical tests have been done.

In less than three weeks, if all goes as planned, these two precious children will become part of our family. And quite possibly by the end of July they could be here home with us.

I can hardly believe it! My heart is bursting.

More love here and here.

12 comments:

Beck said...

WOW! HURRAY! I am SO excited for you! What that must be like now!
And tell your boy that the girl loved, loved the card and is planning on writing him an email tonight if she can stop hyperventalting around the house long enough! :)

5KidMom said...

Yippee!!!! May the time pass just slow enough for you to get things done before the new kiddos come home, but just fast enough for you not to have much opportunity for impatience and stress. So happy for you, my friend!!

Mom2One/Judy said...

That is fantastic news! So glad to hear it; congratulations!!

Anne said...

Wonderful news!!!! Congratulations!!!!

The Preacher's Wife said...

That is just WONDERFUL! Those children can not imagine what blessings await them. A little like us with our heavenly home, don't you suppose?

Michelle said...

Yay! Congrats! I'm so happy you have a date and that things are coming together to bring your two kids home soon!

Renee said...

OH!!! This is AWESOME!!!! I can't wait to hear more!!

Rejoicing!!!

Thank you Jesus!! \o/

Renee

Shalee said...

Oh, I'll be praying hard for you all on the 21st, not to mention the coming days to finally bring them home!

God's timing is the most amazing thing...

Susanne said...

How on earth did I miss this post?Praise God! I'm so excited for you!

Louise said...

HEY CONGRATULATIONS!!
That is SO exciting!! I know two couples in our town who are also adopting two children each from Ethiopia and another couple whos children are already here...how EXCITING!!!
WOW you must be thrilled! Hope everything goes great for you!!

Jody said...

Oh my gosh! Yeahh!!!!! Congratulations!!!!

Raskell Party of 8 said...

AWESOME! I will be up late praying for you. I can't wait until you get them home. Ours is the 17th, so you never know if we will run into each other!