I am suspended in time. Waiting for an e-mail, a phone call, anything.
As far as we know we were filed for court last Monday or Tuesday. It has been taking about 7-10 days to find out what your court date is.
Supposedly the Ethiopian courts will “stop” on July 8th (Tuesday). I don’t know if that means stop accepting filings or stop handing out court dates. They will still hear cases until August 8th (again, this is kind of heresay).
I am trying not to get anxious but I admit that I am nervous. Add to that the fact that last week of 4 families with court dates only one passed court. The other two were delayed until July 18th for some reason. If we get a court date toward the end of the month and don’t pass the first time, we could very well get stuck in the court closure.
Of course we are not the only family feeling this pressure. It is very evident among the adoptive families. One family is adopting two older girls who have been in the orphanage for over a year – longer than any other kids there. They are desperate to get them home soon, as they should be.
I find some peace of mind knowing that if we do not make it through before courts W-boy and B-girl will not be spending the extra time at an orphanage. It will, in fact, mean extra time with their grandmother.
There have been 2 major delays in our adoption process. First the approximately 3 weeks we lost when AWOP wanted us to switch to Children’s House International. Then we lost about another 3 weeks recently when our papers were not getting from the AWOP representative in ET to the Hope lawyers in ET.
That’s 6 weeks. It could definitely mean the difference between making court and not. I know that the first 3 week delay was one that was a result of obedience to what I felt God telling me. Thought I can’t explain the second one, I realize that it too may be God’s hand in delaying our process.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not giving up. I’m hoping he was just using those to teach me patience or something. We serve an almighty God who can accomplish the impossible. I rest in the knowledge that he sees the big picture and he controls this whole process.