We had been hoping to have traveled by now (or at least know when we will be traveling) but it is moving much slower than we had anticipated.
First off, I just realized that I hadn't even shared basic information about him. His name will be Beck. We are keeping his Ethiopian name as a middle name. He's a whopping 28 lbs, but looks much older than what he is.
My original prayer was that we could spend Beck's birthday (June 10th) with him or at least shortly after. But, that didn't happen. We baked a cake and got him a couple of presents. It was a hard day for us.....there are so many things that run through your mind when your child is living in an orphanage 7,750 miles away. Thinking of his birth family and grieving for the loss that everyone has experienced. It was tough. But, we made sure to celebrate him and take pictures to put in his scrapbook. We bought him a couple of "gifts" although he wont know that they were birthday presents when he gets here. We got him a car rug (with all of the roads and towns on it that you play with matchbox cars on), a couple of play boats, a baseball bat & ball, and some train tracks. The girls made him a card and Lilly drew him a picture of our family (complete with dad's mow hawk!)
We recently found out that the courts will close for the rainy season on August 6th, so we need to have our court date prior to then. If we don't, the courts probably wont open until sometime in October. They are also implementing a new court process when they re-open, so we don't know what that means for our case. (I'm trying really hard to give the positives and not focus on what *could* happen)
We just found out today that next Monday, 7/1, will be the first court date, which requires the birthparent or "finder" to appear before court. After that is successful, we will probably travel about 3 weeks after for our court date. (If everything goes ok) So, we will probably be cutting it close, but we will hopefully make it over prior to the rainy season.
So, I guess, I'm asking you to pray first and foremost, for our son.
Also, that the person who is supposed to attend court on Monday shows up.
Then, that we get a quick court date so that we can get our court date prior to August 6th.
Thanks so much!