Sunday, May 16, 2010

Stalking the Mailbox and Court

So I've been stalking the mailbox for the last 2 or 3 weeks.  Everyday I come home and check the mailbox looking for the USCIS return address.  But everyday nothing.  I am waiting for the 171H.  This form is my permission to bring an orphan into the US.  So the deal is that if I was to pass court this Thursday I can't plan to travel to bring him home until I have my 171H and its been sent to the US Embassy in Addis.  So I wait and stalk the mailbox.  I'm about to become a major pest to the local USCIS office!

In regards to court:  there are a few things that could affect passing court on Thursday. 
  • Gman's birth mother is required at court.  Its about an 8 hour drive from where she lives to Addis.  My placement agency takes care of helping her get there, but there is still always the possiblity she won't be there.
  • MOWA (Ministry of Women's Affairs) in Ethiopia is over adoptions.  They have to have a letter filed with the courts giving permission for the adoption to proceed.  Adoptions in Ethiopia have mutliplied in the last several years, but the personelle for MOWA has not. So its not unusual not to have the letter there.
  • Electricity is iffy in Ethiopia.  
  • Their being enough time in the day.  There are a lot of court cases scheduled for that day so they might just run out of time. 
I've been trying to stay calm and not get my hopes up and until these last couple of days I've been doing well at this.  But now the hopes are rising, so if you don't mind sending up a prayer for these things, or a positive thought or whatever you may believe in I would be eternally grateful!  Here's to patience and finding out the results of court sooner rather than later!


Julie Tiemann said...

Soo exciting! Just sent up a prayer for you!

Sue Samuels said...

How about thoughts AND prayers!!

Anonymous said...

Sending major prayers up!