Feb 11, 2009

Finally, some news on the adoption front!!!

I didn't want to make any announcements until our paperwork was all offical... but we have our referrall!

That's right. We know who we're going to bring home to be a part of our family.

THey are sisters. Their names are Woineshet (pronounced winna-shet) and Meaza (pronounced may-ah-zuh.) Woineshet means "unripe grape" in amharac, and Meaza means "aroma." They are beautiful girls, 4 and 5 years old. They look much younger than this; I would have guessed Meaza at 2 or 3 years old like my other girl, and I would have pegged Woineshet at 4. But that's normal for third world countries and conditions involving poverty.

They are said to be very bonded to each other, and good at playing games with other kids. They are on-track developmentally. They have tested negative for all the worrisome diseases. They seem like wonderful girls and we're so excited to bring them home!!

The process from here: our paperwork has been officially submitted to the courts. Probably within 2 or 3 weeks we will hear when our court date is. right now, court dates are being assigned at the end of April; so on that track our court date would come in the middle of may, and then we'd go to pick them up 2-6 weeks later, depending on how long it takes for their visas to be completed. So right now we're looking at a possibility of picking them up in June.

Our agency director, however, has told us that they have trained a new judge who just began taking on some of the caseload yesterday. He's not working a full load yet, but everyone's hoping it means that the wait for court dates will shorten significantly, possibly by a month or two. So it's also possible we could travel much sooner... possibly by mid-late April or early May.


So cross your fingers, pray, etc, for us, that we'll pass court the first time and all will go smoothly for us legally, physically, and emotionally as we take on this huge adventure!

18 comments:

NoSurfGirl said...

oops, forgot to mention...

and financially. :/

Nathan and Rebecca Scott said...

Wow! That is exciting...and an adventure. I hope it all goes well! Good luck!

Janell said...

Oh! This is such happy news!

And the meanings of their names are lovely.

Your poor son and Skywalker - surrounded, surrounded, by girls. At least they have each other.

Its also such a happy thing that you're able to help keep these sisters together.

Really, this news has made my day. I know you've been through a lot of work and a lot of thought and a lot of pain and waiting to get to this point. I do hope everything goes smoothly and you'll be able to bring your daughters home soon!

David L said...

Yay!!! I'm assuming it's the same girls you showed me pictures of a while back?

And yes, I'll second Janell's comment. You'll have to let me borrow your hubby sometime so that I can shoot him. He'd like that.

Let us know when you fly out.

NoSurfGirl said...

thanks Janelle... that makes me happy that you're grinning for me. I must admit I'm having a hard time keeping my own toned down...

Yup, the girls in the pictures. Thanks, Dave. You may shoot my husband sometime soon. Perhaps this weekend or next? We have something going on Monday morning until early afternoon. In fact... I think Skywalker was thinking about asking you guys about watching the kids... but it is a holiday and so if you've got something going on we understand.

Hayley said...

I am SO thrilled for you. Beyond thrilled!!! Where are they from??

cori said...

Hooray for you! Congrats to your whole family. We're thrilled for you!! :) Wow, what an adventure. Will enjoy hearing more about it as things progress. Welcome, girls!

Amyjo said...

congratulations! I need to talk to you about the whole process. Derek and I are wanting to adopt also, in a couple of years.

Lucy Stern said...

I am so excited for you!!! I am keeping my fingers crossed that everything sails through the courts in a timely manner. Good luck!

A Girl Called Dallan said...

Wonderful! Those little girls are truly blessed!

Heather said...

Congratulations! That is very exciting! We will keep you in our prayers.

Putz said...

horray

Putz said...

you are pregnant and these two, plua loli plus...you are very brave

NoSurfGirl said...

Putz,

do you know something I don't? :)

I do have 3 kids. With these two, that's 5. It is a lot!

merrilykaroly said...

woohooo!

Margaret said...

WAHOO!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

I was wondering when we'd be hearing something - Hoorah!! :)

I'm so thrilled for you guys, and SO excited for the first family picture! :)

You're in my prayers!

Shauna said...

AWESOME!

Megan said...

I am so so so excited for you! That is wonderful news! I heard about the new judge, as well and am so excited for the possibly speedier court process! Congrats on the referral and good luck with the wait & finances...Once we get our referral we'll need all the luck we can get! *hugs!*