"We pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience" (Colossians 1:10-11).
Ok, well some more roadblocks and complications. A few days ago, a notice was posted at the Federal Court of Ethiopia stating that all adoption agencies would be required to have perspective adoptive parent(s) appear in court for the adoption hearing. However, on the positive side, the notice has been removed at the request of temporary postponement so that there can be further discussion. Therefore, we still don't know if we will need to make two trips to Ethiopia.
It's understandable why they would like to make these rules for protection, but the fact that they need to make these rules because of certain individuals is crazy. Apparently, for reasons beyond my imagination, parents would go to Ethiopia to bring home their child and then change their minds. I can not understand that at all! Those poor, beloved children would not be able to be adopted again because they have already been legally adopted. It's so, so sad. I also can't imagine making two trips to Ethiopia and after our first trip to meet our precious girl, and then say good-bye to her.
As our agency waits to hear more information regarding this notice, they are asking for our patience. that's a huge request! MORE patience! It's running low.
Also, other clients (waiting for the same amount of time as us)have received notice for updating their home study because it is almost expired. More doctor appointments, more finger prints, lawyer appointments, notarizations, etc. etc.
I keep praying and covet the prayers of others for more patience and for us to receive our referral SOON.