I got wonderful news from Ms. Dalton this morning. We have a court appointment scheduled for March 1st. Wowza! Our dossier arrived in Ethiopia on February 1st and 4 weeks later will be our court appointment.
Now, according to Holt, we should "expect court dates to be TENTATIVE: this means there is a high likelihood that your case will not be heard and will be re-scheduled for another day". Thank you Holt for the clarification and reminder.
Regardless of that, I'm so stinkin' excited to her news... even if it is possibly tentative.
With that thought comes the reminder that this is an international adoption and things can quickly change. In the recent months, families are not passing their first court appointment. The thing I cling to is that we're on God's schedule and He loves and cares for the orphans so I don't need to worry with all the details.
Simple to easy, difficult to believe with my heart. Lord, help me to believe in Your perfect will and timing all while You also give peace and hope to our little guy and his biological family.
So, a couple of things on my mind today. I have been praying that we will pass court the first time. Eventually I started praying that for some others I know who had scheduled court appointments. (By the way, they passed in late January, thank you Lord). But I feel like I'm in a bit of a dilemma here. With a court appointment of March 1st, if we pass like I have been praying for, that means we would likely be travelling in April. I'm okay with that except one thing. Ryan is a veterinarian and April is usually the bulk of calving season. This is a busy time at the clinic where Ryan regularly gets called out at night. Us travelling in April would put Dr. Carlson on call every night which would be stressful, tiring and suck for his family.
Now, I'm not sure if I want to pray that specific prayer. I believe in praying specifically. I also want to be in God's will for things. I don't want to change my prayer as a cop-out for not trusting God. Maybe I will continue to pray my specific prayer, asking for God's will and hope that He will work out the details as needed! Whew!
The light at the end of the tunnel just got a little brighter friends! Yipee!!!!