Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Another Setback

As you all know, we've been waiting to be submitted to the US Embassy in Addis Ababa to finalize Eli's immigration approval and get his visa to bring him home.  Each adoption agency in Ethiopia is assigned a particular day of the week to submit their cases; ours is Wednesday.

We were initially told our case could be submitted the first week of July.  Then it was July 11th.  And then it was today, July 18th.  Brad and I anxiously checked our emails repeatedly this morning, hoping for confirmation from the Embassy that our case had been submitted. 


At 8:00 a.m. we stopped checking our emails, recognizing that the work day in Addis had ended.  I'd started checking my emails at 3:00 a.m., so it's been a long day for me already and I'm fairly exhausted.  Both from my disrupted night of sleep and this series of disappointments.

We later received a call from our coordinator at the adoption agency, who advised there was an error in our letter from the Ethiopian Ministry of Women's, Children's and Youth Affairs ("MOWCYA," formerly "MOWA") that needs to be fixed.  We're told they should be able to get a new letter tomorrow, and that the Embassy has agreed to let them submit our case tomorrow instead of making us wait yet another week.

So hopefully tomorrow I'll have good news. 

But for now, we're still waiting.


  1. Hang in there, Kathleen!! I can't imagine how unnerving it all must be, but you'll get there.

  2. Keeping fingers crossed, better luck tomorrow!!

  3. Sending you and Brad happy thoughts! I know Eli will be with you soon! I can't imagine what you must be going through.

  4. Prayers for you and Brad and Eli are flowing from Alaska!!

  5. I've only recently stumbled upon your blog, so you probably think I'm weird, but it's okay. I think it's so cool what you are doing. I'll definitely say a prayer for this process!

    God is faithful!