Today they sent us an email with some numbers and it was a fun surprise to get.
ReferralsIt was just exciting to get a small hold of "where we are on the list" even though there is no real order. For all we know there could be 2 children who fit our exact "parameters" that show up tomorrow and that don't fit anyone else. That is unlikely, but it is feasible.
Since May 2010, when the new regulations were implemented, sixteen (16) Dove families have been matched with a total twenty (20) children. Matches will continue during the court closure.
Dove received our first assignment of court dates under the new regulations. Several Dove families will be in Ethiopia the first week of August for their court hearing. Dove is sending Adoption Program Director to gain first hand knowledge of this new process.
As a reminder the Ethiopian courts are scheduled to close on August 9, 2010. The official opening date has not been announced, but court dates have been scheduled for October 2010.
Anyhow, it is still quite surreal, but it feels like the baby just kicked for the first time or something like that. Thanx Dove for the info! Kids, we pray for you EVERY single day and for your birth parents. We pray protection, care, love and a knowledge of Jesus for them and you. Love you already!