We learned some new helpful information from the conference call this past Tuesday. I am not going to recount all of it, so here are the most important points:
1. AWAA is partnering with another new orphanage! They are now partnering with three orphanages. Hopefully this will limit the wait times from extending too much further.
2. We will most likely receive our referral in August or early September, which is during the court closure period. August is only two months away!! The downside is that any referrals received during the court closure period are subject to 4 months of waiting between referral and travel. That means is we receive our referral in August, we will have to wait until late November or early December to travel, most likely. This was tough news to hear. It will be extremely hard to have our son's picture in front of us, but not be able to get to him for four months! Four months....whoo. We do have the option of not receiving our referral during that time, but I think we are leaning towards going ahead and receiving it.
3. The power outages will continue to affect all aspects of the adoption process in Ethiopia. Please pray for rain!!
Please continue to pray for us as we enter into a very emotional next few months. Though it will unbelievable when we finally have a referral, the wait that will ensue the months following will be very difficult. We are trusting in the Lord for the strength to make it through the wait.
In other news....only one more week until one summer class is over! I can't wait to share all I have learned!