In five days, Isaiah's probation-or waiting period will be over! For those of you who don't know, the Ethiopian law requires him to be in orphanage care for three months before he is legally eligible to be adopted. Amazingly, that waiting period is over on the 12th - next week! It helped that he was already half-way through the three months when we got our referral for him, but I am amazed at how quickly the time is flying by.
After the 12th, we will be waiting on pins and needles to find out which "group" we will be assigned to. Our agency batches families together in alphabetical groups, which then all go through court and embassy together. I believe group "E" was the last to be assigned, so I am praying that we will be able to slip into group "F". Once we know which group we are in, we will be able to figure out fairly accurately when we will be traveling. I CAN"T WAIT to have a date to wrap my mind around as to when I will finally get to meet my son!
In other news, it has been almost exactly a year since we started this crazy process. It was exactly a year ago today that I started this blog to keep track of everything. Never in my dreams would I have imagined that a year later, we would still be in the midst of this process. I sincerely thought that we would have our child home before summer started. At that time, that was a reasonable expectation, but our timing just happened to be the same timing as many, many other families, which unexpectedly slowed the process way down. That is a good thing though, because there are that many more precious children being united with their waiting families. And, in comparison, Ethiopian adoptions are still a lot faster than some other countries, which can take upwards of 18 months to two years.
I am being beckoned downstairs to decorate Christmas cookies!