Despite our setback, things are still moving along. We got some encouraging news last week.
In previous years adoption papers could not be filed with the Ethiopian courts during court closure. So, obviously, when the courts reopened there was quite a backlog of paperwork.
This year, families are still able to file AND receive a court date (new dates start Oct. 1) during the court closure. Just knowing we won’t have to wait 3 months before hearing a court date has brought me quite a bit of anxiety relief 🙂
We also heard from our case manger that our paperwork is “complete” but that something needs to be changed at the “Kebele” office and it is closed for 10 days. (I had to google that word – a Kebele is the “smallest administrative unit of Ethiopia similar to ward, or neighbourhood”.) The AWOP rep will get the papers fixed as soon as it opens and then get the papers to Hope. So we’ll just have to keep on top of that situation.
We’re working on putting together another package for the kids that we can send with Michelle, the director of AWOP, when she leaves for ET in a couple weeks. We wanted to include pictures of the kids bedrooms so that has spurred me on to some action this weekend and we got the girls bunk beds put together. I’ll be painting all their furniture white but w/ our upcoming vacation I knew I wasn’t going to get it done in time. But at least B-girl and W-boy will get to see their beds, etc.
In all, I feel like we’ve done really well in getting over the disappointment with our delay. I’ve adopted a new mantra – “It is what it is.”
That’s a big step for a control freak like me 🙂