So the US Embassy confirmed an interview appointment with us for May 2nd. So we fly out of Portland on Saturday, April 28th to DC. We stay overnight in DC and fly early Sunday morning the 29th nonstop to Addis Ababa. We went this route for our court trip and it was great. Even though we fly 13 hours, then arrive in Ethiopia at 8 am Monday morning local time, we felt fairly rested because of the stop in DC. We will leave Ethiopia Friday, May 4th, late local time, and arrive in DC early Saturday May 5th. We are going to stay overnight in DC again to "catch our breath". Then we will fly out of DC early Sunday May 6th, with a stop in SLC, then quickly head out to Portland...arriving around noon on Sunday May 6th!!
We are super excited to introduce little E to you all through pictures or in person!
These are the wonderful words that we have been waiting to read in an email from the US Embassy in Addis Ababa. We are clear to come pick up our sweet little E!!! We are literally in shock...this all seems to have happened so fast! We left Ethiopia just over 6 weeks ago, and we get to go back and be with our daughter forever!!!
This is also bitter sweet though as the other families that we travelled with for our first trip are not yet cleared to travel. We are the only family travelling at this point. We have our fingers crossed that their clearance will come in the next week or so.
So currently we are waiting for the US Embassy to schedule an "interview" appointment for us. All this entails is going to the Embassy while in country with our child in hand and answering a few short questions. Then her visa will be issued. So in the next couple of days we should have confirmation of dates.
The soonest we will be leaving is Friday 4/28, with return 5/3 or4...already have been checking flights and we do have a couple of options!!!
Feeling really crazy and scatter brained right now!!
** It was so cute last night, Trek said, "I miss E, do you?" And we agreed that yes of course we do, and hope that we can go get her soon, so Trek could meet her!!
Today little E is 13 months old! It is actually hard to believe that just over a month ago we met her face to face. It has been a busy month...just normal life stuff though! Another reason I think this time has flown by is because so much has happened since we left Ethiopia. E's birthmother was found and appeared for her court interview, we are officially legal guardians of E, her Ethiopian birth certificate and passport have been issued...and as of Tuesday all of the documents regarding her adoption have been submitted to the US Embassy. Now we wait again. As soon as the US Embassy does their investigation and issues her visa, we can travel to pick her up. We really don't know how long this wait will be...as with each stage of international adoption...but one thing is for sure...she is worth the wait!!!