Hey! Thanks for coming along on our journey. This is our new blog, our baby blog. :) There will be no pictures of the chicas for awhile, just updates, maybe to keep it from getting dry I will find other random pictures to post. ;)
Jon and I are so thankful and EXCITED to have been matched with identical twins from Ethiopia! There presumed birthdate is in mid November 2009.
With our thankfulness comes a sadness as we realize that their momma died in childbirth or soon after, leaving behind 6 other children ranging in age from 3-18 and a father of eight, who, has loved his children to levels I cannot even imagine, and sacrificially given his two baby girls, as he realizes he can't care for them and trust someone else can. Oh, I can't even comprehend that pain.
Here is the estimated timeline on our adoption:
Dossier submitted to agency: Check. December 19, 2009
Dossier in Country: Check. January 4, 2010
Begin wait for referral: Check. (expecting months of waiting)
Receive Referral: umm...Check?!? January 6, 2010 (God decided we could skip that wait)
Accept Referral: January 11, 2010 (Woohoo!)
Ethiopian Adoption Court Date: Approximately 2 months after referral acceptance
Travel to Pick up our Precious Babies: Approximately 4 weeks
Readopt Babies in the U.S.: File upon arrival to the U.S.
The rest of the adoption timeline is based upon many variables. A few examples of hiccups we may encounter: not passing court, birthfather not coming to court, getting into the rainy season (everything closes down).
Our agency, IAG, says to expect to travel about 4 months upon acceptance of referral...
-Please pray with us for a court date and that all of our paperwork is in order. Now that we can see these sweet little faces in pictures, our desire to bring them home and hold and love them is strong.
-Pray for their father, I can't begin to imagine his grief at losing his wife and two babies.
-Pray for the six children staying with their father, may they feel the comfort of the Lord and their salvation.