We know that God has been orchestrating our family long before we considered adoption. Today was a tough day as we encountered our first BIG change in our adoption journey. We were warned early on in our journey, that processes/paperwork requirements/etc change frequently in international adoption. We knew this and accepted it, but it's still very disappointing when it actually happens.
Today we received an email from our agency about a MAJOR change in the Ethiopian Adoption Process. Ryan and I will now be required to travel TWICE to Ethiopia. The first trip, we will both have to testify in Ethiopian court our desire to adopt our Ethiopian child. This will happen 4-6 weeks after we receive our referral (picture). Then, we will have to leave the country (without our baby!) for 10 to 12 weeks. At that time, we will be able to return to Ethiopia to bring our child home.
We're feeling disappointed about this change, but we aren't feeling defeated. So we have to go twice? Yes. So we have to pay to travel twice? Yes. Is it going to be harder? Yes. Is it going to hurt more? Yes. Will it all be worth it? YES!!!!!
We can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us!!!
Please say a special prayer today that we trust in the Lord and are able to bare this set back.
Ashlie and Ryan
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