- We wait to receive a referral. A referral will be a picture of the child along with the medical and social information they have gathered about him. It will be brief.
- Once we choose to accept a referral a court date will be scheduled in Ethiopia. The date will be about 2 months after the date we accept the referral. I have been told that families pass court the first try about 50% of the time. When we pass court, Chad and I will legally be Joshua's parents in the eyes of Ethiopia.
- We will travel to bring Joshua home 6 to 8 weeks after we pass court. A date is schedules at the US Embassy to receive his travel documents. It takes 6 to 8 weeks to get all the documentation in order to be able to bring him to the US. I have seen families travel more quickly that 6 weeks, but I was told today that in our case it will most likely be 6+ weeks.
We have quite a few hurdles to cross before we have Joshua home. There are sure to be challenges, but for today we will just celebrate being one step closer to our boy.
I have to share my new favorite Bible verse. I think it will make you smile too.
"Children are a gift from the Lord... how blessed is the man who has a quiver full of them." Psalms 127 3, 5a
I am not sure how many arrows a quiver holds, but I certainly feel blessed! Happy New Year!