After wrapping up our home study, and completing our dossier, our paperwork arrived in Ethiopia and we joined the bottom of the waiting list in December. Since that time, we’ve moved one spot on that waiting list. Yes, just one spot. The community of waiting families is pretty discouraged, as a perfect storm of events in Ethiopia seems to have everyone waiting longer than they originally expected… and we all originally expected a long time.
We originally anticipated waiting 18-24 months for a referral after our dossier reached Ethiopia. Because of the recent Ethiopian governmental delays, our agency now anticipates our wait will be approximately 3 years. Mitch will be a year past the big 3-0, and I’ll be closing in on it. Year 2017. Maddox will be turning 5. It seems like an eternity. (And no, I don’t think 30 is old).
In January, we joined other families in prayer and fasting for Ethiopian adoption after rumors were swirling about an uncertain future for the process. Since that time, we’ve heard continually that Ethiopia will remain open to intercountry adoption but that their government will be working hard to improve their process which may cause delays.
It’s crazy to think that God provided the funding so quickly but then would have us wait so long to actually meet the child. We believe that God’s wisdom is rich, deep, and many times “past finding out.” We believe that he intervenes in our lives daily and is orchestrating this chapter according to His will. So for now, we trust that his ways are much, much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9), and we rest in our faith that his plans are for our family’s good (Jeremiah 29:11).
In the meantime, we’ve found some really fun ways to stay connected to Ethiopia. More to come on that later… or else I won’t have anything to blog about for the next 3 years.