So we have a court date of January 28th. Yeah!
At our court date, Peanut will legally become our son after a judge in Ethiopia decides it so at a hearing on the 28th. This begins the process of getting the required paperwork so we can travel to pick him up and bring him home.
Just so you get an idea of the process, I am copying a section from an e-mail I received notifying us of our court date:
Hooray! We received word from our staff in Ethiopia that your case has tentatively been assigned a court date of .
It is important to note that court dates can be postponed, or delayed at any time, for a variety of reasons. J. will keep you apprised of any new information that we feel may affect the progress of your case.
Also, we don’t always hear how court went immediately — it may take us a few days after the 28th until we hear whether your case was decided or rescheduled. J. will notify you of the outcome of the hearing within a few business days.
Regarding travel, we are hoping, hoping, hoping that we are able to travel 4 weeks after our court date. Nothing in this process has been shorter than the time we have been quoted, but I am willing to be hopeful. While sending us hope, we could use some directed in the way of passing court the first time.
Pictures of the nursery will come – soon, I promise. Right now it is a mess with all of the stuff that has been graciously passed on to us in piles between set up furniture, a ladder, and a chair moved from the spot the balsam pine is currently occupying in our living room. When I am off work over the Christmas holiday I intend to finish the curtains and crib skirt and then there will be something worth viewing.
Can I appease you with a pic of Matisse giving me the evil eye as I make him try on one of Peanut’s hats from his hand knit collection? I also added a picture of some of the contents we sent Peanut in his care package.