On Tuesday morning, our case manager asked us for a time to call when we could both be available and that we "possibly had exciting news coming". So. . . . I didn't get a whole lot of work done that day needless to say.
We decided to have the child presented via phone to us separately but we waited until we could be together to look at the photos. So in the lobby of the St. Anthony High School we met our little guy for the first time.
We were matched with a beautiful* 7 month old boy but didn't want to say too much until we had our other questions answered. We had some questions about the dating of the two sets of photos we received amongst a couple other areas where there wasn't good information so on Wednesday we decided to send Matt to Ethiopia to meet him personally. So. . . on two day's notice Matt went to ET to meet him. Matt called early this morning to say that he looks like a wonderful fit-- We are thrilled as could be to have him as part of our family. We are going to be parents!
His story is rather brief as he is an abandoned baby -- believed to be about 7 months old at this point in time. We will not meet his parents obviously but we will try to meet the woman who found him and see the village in which he was found. Currently he is living in an orphanage in Addis Ababa.
Matt flew in for a whirlwind trip--- 48 hours of travel time in one weekend to be in country for 22 hours-- how is that for a champ of a dad. He was able to spend about 90 minutes with our little guy and was even able to hold him while he fell asleep.**
Today we talked about daddy and the little boy who will become the baby brother. James had some creative ideas for names-- the best of which was "octagon." He does have a name given to him by the orphanage and we plan on using it as a middle name. We will wait until we both meet him to officially decide though.
In terms of timing we think we will travel as a couple to Ethiopia in 6 weeks or so to go through court and then we will come home without him while he waits for his visa and immigration clearance. It is our hope that he will officially join us this summer.
I know many of you have been with us through this journey the last 3 years. I can't thank you enough for the love you have already shown this little guy. We are over the moon and are so excited to welcome him into the greater family. A sincere thank you for the support.
Where there were four there will soon be five. And possibly a minivan if Matt has his way.
*You will have to take my word for it since we can't post pictures until we go through court.
**Again, the picture is great, but I can't post until we go through court!