After "patiently" waiting for 4 weeks, we are now officially certified by Arizona to adopt a baby girl from Ethiopia!!! Our documents have been sent to the US Immigration Office, and we are awaiting their certification. It normally takes Immigration approximately 4-6 weeks to make a decision. Once we receive the final decision from immigration, we can then submit our dossier to a bunch of places for different certifications/authentications before it lands in Ethiopia. My goal for our dossier to reach Ethiopia is December 1st. After that, we are officially on the waiting list!! There are currently 100 families from our adoption agency that are waiting for Ethiopian infants, and the wait time is 10-12 months right now.
There have been some truly amazing things happen over the past few months. It seems like whenever we have a fee to pay for the adoption, we unexpectedly get that exact amount through gifts from family, an unexpected check from the bank, or extra work from Adam's business. In addition, fingerprint results normally take 4 weeks to receive; however, the Immigration Office called us less than 24 hours after our prints were taken to let us know that they had received our results. The immigration officer was stunned, and she had no idea why our results snuck through to the front of the list. Our adoption coordinator was floored, and she had never heard of such a thing happening.
We truly thank you for your support and prayers. We know that God is definitely helping us out, and the "coincidences" are just shocking.
Below are some pictures from our recent trip to Sedona with Jenna & Zach: