Update on the Conference Call

Last week, I told you that we were supposed to hear from our adoption agency about current wait times. WARNING: I have been delaying this post because it is heartbreaking. The current wait time for a family to receive a referral (match with child) is 30-36 months. As far as the unofficial list, we have not really moved.

I hate writing discouraging news like this, but Jeffrey and I feel like it is important to keep all our friends and family in the loop. We know that many of you pray for us and think about us often, and we want you to know what is realistically happening.

So, it sounds like we have a long journey ahead of us! December 28th will be one year that our papers have been in Ethiopia although we have been in the adoption process since last May. December puts us at 12 months for what our adoption agency is referring to when it comes to wait times. This puts us at possibly two more years after December (CUE THE CRYING/SOBBING). I am like many of you still struggling with the fact that there are millions of orphans needing homes, and the government is making it impossible for people to bring them home. Like I am have said before, the government of Ethiopia has decided to significantly slowed down all adoption clearances. Now, I don't want to be a biased source. We could bring a special needs/older child home much sooner. Most of these children are HIV positive and over the age of seven. We pray for these children often, but do not currently feel that this is the right option for us.

On a trying to be positive note, this time will allow us to raise more of the funds we need to bring our baby home. We still need to raise a large amount of money! It will also give me time to finish graduate school; i don't want to be in school with a baby.

Sorry for the not so exciting news. Please continue to keep us, our baby, and this process in your prayers.

We love you.

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