(DTE = Dossier to Ethiopia)
Our paperwork arrived at our adoption agency Monday morning, went through additional staff checks, then taken to the Department of State and the Ethiopian Embassy for certification/authentication. Our dossier will head over to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where it will sit until we receive a referral.
And now? We wait.
So tonight, in addition to celebrating my husband's birthday, we tacked on a DTE party to it.
|The cousins are ready, in Meredith's words,|
"to send my baby brother balloons to Africa."
|My Tennessee girl, rocking the cowgirl boots.|
|There they go! Off to Africa!|
|And no celebration is complete without a cake.|
We are excited, relieved, and yet nervous about this next stage. I am praying hard that Drew and I (probably mostly me) will have the patience for the waiting we'll have to endure. But before I begin to worry, I want to spend tonight celebrating this first phase. So we will send many, many more balloons over to Africa during this time.