Last week in Ethiopia a big milestone occurred for our adoption case, our preliminary hearing was held. We are beginning to see the finish line for this long journey! The next step is for our assigned investigator with MOWA, the division of the Ethiopian government that oversees adoption, to give our case a “positive letter.” As soon as we know our adoption agency has this letter, we will be GLUED to our cell phones awaiting the call that says, “You have a court date, book your plane tickets, its time to meet your daughter!”
The timeline for this call, as with every step in international adoption, is completely unpredictable. This phone call could come as early as the next 3 weeks or it could be 5 or more months from now. PLEASE pray for us to have extreme favor with our investigator and for us to get our MOWA letter miraculously fast! We are beyond ready to hold our little girl in our arms.
While we wait for that phone call, we are preparing! Passports are being processed, adorable toddler girl clothes have been bought, and last week, my mom and I finished the nursery! It turned out SO beautiful, I am so thankful to my mom for her amazing decorating skills. We may have stayed up till 2:30 am one morning, but it was worth it. Now we just need our precious daughter here to fully complete her room!
Next on our to-do list…its time to begin packing! It is highly likely that we will only have a few days notice when it is time to travel! Ahhhh! This is not exactly easy for my slightly type-A, highly organized personality so my goal is to get my family as packed and prepared ahead of time as possible. Over the next few weeks I hope to pack our bags for the insanely long flights, toys to take to the orphanage to play with baby girl, items and medicines we will need while we are in country as well as donations we would like to take to the orphanage (more about this later.)
There is certainly lots to be done, my head is spinning just thinking about it all. But it will get done, and soon, hopefully very soon, we will board a plane to take us around the globe so we can finally meet our sweet girl. Daydreaming about that moment makes the packing so much more bearable!