The first update...
We began our adoption journey back in September of 2010. It took quite a while to complete our home study - a bit longer than anticipated due to circumstances that were out of our control. Our home study was completed at the beginning of February.
We then had to apply to US CIS for immigration approval to bring our child(ren) into the US. Our application was approved in late March. This approval allowed us to submit our Dossier, which was approved on April 4th.
Consequently, we're officially on the waitlist as of April 4th! Currently, they anticipate that it'll take about 9-12 months from the time that we get on the waitlist until we receive our referral. It may be longer than this, however, as a result of the current uncertainty with the recent changes to international adoption within Ethiopia.
So, we wait...
During this time of waiting, we'll be having our HUGE adoption garage sale. Additionally, we'll be applying for adoption grants/loans during this time as well. Furthermore, this time of waiting also allows us the opportunity to do more research on Ethiopian culture, history, etc!
That's it for now...I'll keep you all up-to-date as necessary!