I haven't posted anything in the last few weeks, but a lot has happened in the adoption world. I have been waiting to see how everything is going to play out.
After I posted my last blog entry, we received an email from our agency saying that MOWA, now under a new name, is back up and running in Ethiopia and working on getting paperwork completed as fast as they can. Everyone involved seemed to think there were a lot of positive steps taking place.
Over the last few weeks we have seen several of our fellow AWAA families pass court. That was another encouraging sign that things were beginning to move forward in Ethiopia. It was a blessing and all the families took a big collective sigh of relief.
To make things even better, this week, we got news that there were 6 referrals for AWAA families! It was such an exciting time. Lots of tears and prayers all around. We have a group of AWAA Ethiopia families who all participate in a yahoo chat group. Not all the families in the program are in the group, but a good majority of us are.
We have an informal posting of each family, their dossier submission date, and their child(ren) request. For several months we stayed at the same number...21. Finally this week we have officially moved into the teens! We are currently #17 for an infant boy and #19 for an infant girl. It was great to see our number jump up so much in just a few days!
We are still not expecting a referral for several months, though. It could be even longer and we are preparing ourselves for another 6-9 months. I would rather have the worst case scenario in our minds and be pleasantly surprised with good news.
I am including some pictures from our trip to pick up Zamara in Ethiopia of children from Kids Care Orphanage and the AWAA Transition Home. It is a great reminder for us to keep remembering why we are adopting in the first place. Just looking at these amazing little faces and I remember why we were called to adopt in the first place.