It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an update about where we are in our Ethiopian adoption. Adopting internationally is a hurry up and wait proposition. A lot of things happen and then you wait, then a lot happens and you wait and this can continue for years.
A little background might help.
Our family officially began the journey of adopting 3 and a half years ago. For Katie and I, adoption was always a matter of when instead of if. When we started, we immediately felt called to adopt internationally. As we began the journey of figuring out where God was calling us, we landed on Ethiopia. We have requested a boy or girl, age 0-38 months. When we started, the average wait time for family was 5-7 months. That has since gotten longer, hence, the 3 year wait. In that time, we have raised almost $20,000 to go towards our adoption.
While the process got longer and longer, our agency gave us permission to continue expanding our family. Because of this permission, we were able to adopt Nehemiah in June of 2012.
About a month ago, we got our “on deck” email. This email means we are as close as we can be to adopting our child. Essentially, we can get a call at any moment telling us who our child is and when we need to be in Ethiopia to meet them and continue the process. From there, we will make 2 trips to Ethiopia. Our agency believes that most likely we will make these two trips by the end of 2013!
I can’t tell you how excited I am about this next step. It has been a long process, one that has been tiring and a growing time for our family as we’ve seen God provide financially and prepare our hearts as parents and the hearts of our kids to add to our family.
I’ll share tomorrow how you can be a part of the next step of bringing our son or daughter home.