Ahhh, this is turning out to be the best Friday EVER (I'll admit, I WAS a little tired and grumpy after braving the crowds to see the midnight showing of Hunger Games)!
We found out from our agency's director today that our court date is April 24th!!! We need to arrive in Ethiopia by the 23rd. Praise God! We finally get to meet our son! I got an email today while I was meeting with my 3 teachers that I team with (I told you earlier that I am a compulsive email checker. I take it everywhere hoping for good news!) and I just started crying! They all started to get emotional too. It was such a great moment to share with some of my sweetest friends.
I'm still trying to figure out about remaining in country or not (more than likely not since I'm a teacher and don't want to have to go right back to work upon returning home with him), but for now we're elated to be going at all!
My Spring Break is April 2-6, so I'll be working on the nursery, packing, etc. Thank you for all of the thoughts, prayers, and well wishes on our behalf. We can't wait to meet our sweet Hayes!
Today the hubby and I are celebrating our 4 year wedding anniversary! So much has happened in the 4 years since we got married: we got a dog, bought our first house, remodeled our first house, traveled on some AWESOME vacations (on a cruise, numerous beach trips, California, and Israel), and started the process to bring our little boy home from Ethiopia. I can't wait to see what this next year of wedded bliss holds!
Last year I did a detailed post with lots of wedding pics, so I won't bore you with those again. But here they are in case you missed them.
We celebrated a little early last night with dinner at one of our new favorite restaurants, Germantown Cafe. If you live in the Nashville area, you MUST try it out. We highly recommend the pork medallions and the filet. They were delicious!
To my hubby:
I am so blessed to have you iny life. Thank you for your constant love, encouragement, and support. I am so excited about the changes that will be coming to our lives this year. You're going to make a great dad and I can't wait!!! Hayes and I are lucky to have you! Happy Anniversary!
I excitedly woke the hubby to tell him. He later asked me if that had been a dream or if it had really happened. He was pretty out of it! This was definitely great news as last night I totally came apart. I basically cried myself to sleep telling my hubby that my heart couldn't take this anymore. My poor hubby just tried to console me the best that he could. Adoption is definitely hard y'all. One of my sweet friends told me "adoption is not for sissies." I couldn't agree more! I don't feel too strong sometimes, though!
So what's next? Well, within a month we should hear of our travel dates. We should travel a month or so after this. Praying that this news comes sooner rather than later.
Please pray that we hear news of our court submission this week. We were supposed to be submitted last Thursday. Then we were told we'd be submitted Monday and haven't heard anything since. That's the bad news. The good news is we haven't heard that we WEREN'T submitted. I've been a little down in the dumps, so I'm choosing to look on the bright side right now.