Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Court Date Wait: It's a Nail-Biter

If I had the habit of biting my fingernails, they would be chewed off right now.

Another family with our same adoption agency who received a referral for a baby from Ethiopia 2 weeks before we got our referral, just got a court date! For July 14th!!!!

I am so excited for them, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit to the excitement and panic that ensued in my mind about what this might mean for our chances of getting a court date to go meet our daughter in Ethiopia before the courts close for the rainy season which last year happened the 2nd week in August (no word yet on the exact closure dates this year) and lasted until October. Of course no two adoption cases are the same and really I cannot at all judge if/when we will get a court date based on someone else's totally different case. BUT, it does mean it's a possibility that we could meet our daughter in person this summer!!! However , it also means that if we get a court date it will very likely be for a date later than July 14th (they seem to give them out in order) and that really only leaves us 3 weeks of possibility before that window closes for months!!! And mid-October becomes our next best-case scenario.

Oh, this may turn me into a nail biter after all! All the people that have said the adoption process is a roller-coaster seriously weren't kidding!!! The butterflies in my stomach will not go away.

But, at least we have some new entertainment around here.

We just got the game Twister and my husband and I think it's hilarious to watch our children play it. Now when we actually play it with them, we feel old -- very, very old and inflexible! But, it's super fun to see the kids tangle themselves up. "Left hand red! Right foot green!" There may or may not have been a moment when my husband told our 5 year old daughter, "There's no crying in Twister!"

If you need us over the next few weeks, we'll be here, on the edge of our seats, or Twister mat, NOT biting our nails.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Phil 4:6-7

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  1. WHEW! I can't imagine the ups and downs! Know some couples that have adopted internationally and it can be a rollercoaster. :)

    So glad I read your post... God has given me the verses in Phillippians that you posted(and some more in Phil.) last night and today in two different places - a book, an email devotional, and now your blog! Neat!

  2. What a perfect verse to sustain you during this exciting/nerve racking/nail biting/anxious time....The not knowing has got to keep you in a constant state of near hysteria. And yet the Lord knows, and we know He has our very best interests at heart and those of your new daughter, so we will just rest in that. I am biting my nails over here along with you, haha, but I am keeping it all in prayer as well. Have a wonderful week-end! HUGS

  3. Hang in there. I'm hoping you too will get your court date before rainy season & maybe travel @ the same time. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed!!!!

  4. Ack! We're 2 weeks behind y'all! I really think y'all will get in!!!!! Oh so exciting!


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