Embassy Submission: Explanation

Our happy news for this week is that we were submitted to Embassy on Monday. That sounds really official and final. But it’s really not. Well, it is a bit official, but it doesn’t mean we are super close. We still have an unknown amount of weeks until we can bring Liam home. At one point, not too long ago, this was the fast part. But really nothing in Ethiopian adoptions is fast anymore, can I get an Amen?? And truly, I’m not a proponent for lighting fast adoptions. They worry me.

Getting back on track… I was explaining Embassy and my guess for a time line. Our case is now being examined by the US Embassy in Ethiopia. They will call witnesses, track down info if they need to and ultimately either pass us or send our file to Nairobi for further review. We are fully expecting our file to be sent for further review. This has become common practice when there are no birth parents to interview. Some adoptions have a birth parent in the picture, but our particular case does not. That’s about as far as I’m going to go into that subject. I try not to divulge details about our little guy on the web, it’s his story after all. We expect that the embassy will take between 4 and 6 weeks to review the case, send it to Nairobi (we have seen their review take days, or weeks, no pattern yet) and ultimately be approved. To be clear, Liam is our son at this point, and we are in no way concerned that we won’t be approved. My guess…. my gut… is leading me to believe that we have about 6 weeks to go. Just a hunch. And I’m going to go with it. I’m going to pray for that.

I can’t thank you enough for praying with us! I know so many friends (and strangers) prayed with us as we waited to be submitted to Embassy. We have passed that milestone and praise God for giving us a good time line. We also rejoice because our travel buddies, the Jepsen’s and the Stauffers, were also submitted on the same day! God is Good. And when i say that, I’m not playing church, God is Good.

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Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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