Whew! The last few days have BUSY with all sorts of different things and there has been no time at all to blog.
There's been the good -- A fellow adoptive family over for dinner with their precious 4 month old. Oh how I loved having a little baby in the house again! And then an out of town guest for a few days, who came with last minute notice but we had a great visit with. Great well-child check-ups at the pediatrician for my oldest 2 kids; praise God for their health! Completed our 6 month post-placement adoption caseworker visit and not only did all 4 kids behave beautifully, but this time I don't think there were any obvious dead bugs around! And 10 pages of preschool forms nearly complete and ready to turn in!
The bad -- 3 hours spent in a courtroom downtown to finalize some paperwork for our adoption and we still didn't get what we needed. Really this is minor. Our adoption is still finalized, our youngest daughter is still legally ours and absolutely a U.S. citizen. It's just going to be a little (or maybe a lot) more trouble than we thought to get her a U.S. birth certificate (it's much easier for school registration, etc. to have a U.S. birth certificate rather than just the Ethiopian one we have, also if we lost it, the U.S. version could be replaced, the Ethiopian one not so much!) and get her name changed from her Ethiopian given name (which includes my husband's first name as her middle name per Ethiopian law) to her American version. We are just so, so tired of paperwork and government hassles! But, at least this time we are not fighting our own government just to be able to get her home!