It is OFFICIALLY done! My completed, authenticated dossier is in my hot little hands. Took it to the Secretary of State this morning, praying that all was in order. Took about 25 minutes to get 17 documents authenticated – and $81 – but it is DONE!
As impatient as I am, I refused to go to the post office on tax day. So tomorrow it will get overnighted. This is its route:
- AWOP office in Spokane for Review
- Assistant Stork in D.C. who hand walks it to the State Dept. so they can authenticate the AZ seals. Then they take it to the Ethiopian Embassy in D.C., leave it for a day and go pick it up.
- On to Ethiopia where it will get translated and approved.
It will probably be a couple of weeks before it lands in Ethiopia. From there I’m not really sure how long it takes for it to get translated, etc. Once it is, Hope will apply for a court date for us which is usually for about 4 weeks later. The court date is when the kids officially become ours (as long as we pass court on the first try). Then we will travel 6 weeks later to pick them up. I’m hoping we’ll be traveling around the end of July.