Today, Zane and I had planned to hang out at the guest house all day and try to work on his schedule. HA! That didn't happen! We got a call at 9:00 a.m. saying that we needed to be at a clinic nearby at 10:00 a.m. We had to get ready, call a taxi, and try to determine how long we were going to be there. The embassy requires that all kids have another physical exam before being submitted for embassy clearance. That means another step has been completed today. I am praying that we are submitted to embassy tomorrow. After submission, it takes 7-10 days for the embassy to go through all of your paperwork. Then they decide if they need to do a special investigation into your case or not. PLEASE PRAY WITH ME THAT EMBASSY WILL NOT DECIDE TO DO AN ADDITIONAL INVESTIGATION.
In Ethiopia, adoptions are final when the judge declares you have passed court. However, the U.S. embassy must look into your case before coming home. There is a woman I met today who has passed court (in January), but the embassy is still investigating her case. In fact, she said it is now in Washington D.C. This type of bureaucracy is so difficult for the children and parents who are apart. I'm praying we do not get stuck in a situation like this.
Zane is still sick with an ear, nose, and throat infection. His medicine is giving him diarrea. Please pray for both of us. I'm about to go insane with "clean-ups" and Zane cries constantly. On top of that, I looked in his mouth today and he has two molars that are coming in. Hence, more crying, ear ache, etc. Pray that God will give him comfort and peace, and me the strength and wisdom to know what to do.
I feel very blessed that the Wests are still here. Her sister arrived from the US today and she is a doctor. Been asking her a lot of questions and feeling a little better about the situation with Zane.
Thank you for the words of encouragement you have been sending me on FB and on the comments section of this blog. I am teary-eyed when I read them because I need them so badly. I have no idea what I'm doing and I feel very homesick. Your encouragement is vital to me, and I appreciate you allowing God to speak through you to me.
Praying in faith that we will be cleared to come home in approximately one week...