As we've told friends and family, one of the main questions we get is, "So when do you hope to bring your son home?"
Great question. We don't know.
Only kidding. Well, a little bit.
Right now we are waiting to be assigned a social worker so we can begin the home study and dossier process (often called the paper chase). That will take a few months and once everything is submitted and approved by the U.S. government, it is submitted to Ethiopia. And then we begin the veeeerrry long waiting process. The waiting process typically takes 18-24 months, but that is an ever-changing target and I wouldn't be surprised if it increased.
Once we receive our referral, we have to travel to Ethiopia twice. The first trip is our court date, and the second is when we'll travel to finally bring our son home. That whole period could be as little as a few months, or as long as 10.
So overall, we're estimating around 3 years from now. Yes, that's quite a bit of time to wait, but Drew and I remind ourselves that we are on God's timing, which is always perfect, not ours.
For those who know me well, you know I'm not a patient person. Prayers for patience are greatly appreciated!