Friday, January 30, 2015


Guys. It’s been almost 8 hours since we found out that we finally cleared MOWA and received our positive recommendation letter.


It doesn’t feel real! I mean, we’re CRAZY excited, but after waiting for so long, I don’t think it’s fully set in that we’ll be leaving soon to meet our daughter and bring her home.




I don’t think it will hit until KC and I are sitting on that airplane about to fly out.


We’ve had a lot of you ask us what’s next. Well, we got our letter and the team immediately took it over to the courts so that we could be issued a court date.


It generally takes 1-3 days for the court to issue a court date.


And that’s it guys. 


Once we have our court date (probably by Monday or Tuesday), KC and I will be heading out. The last family that cleared MOWA had a court date of only 1 week out! They left almost immediately. So there’s a good chance we could be leaving by mid-week next week or at the latest the following week. Either way, we’ll be heading to Ethiopia in about a week and a half!


YAY!!!! I can’t believe it!


Now, once we clear court, that’s when we’ll be able to share her beautiful face with you guys!


KC will be coming home after court, while I stay in-country to get her passport, visa, and to finalize everything with the US embassy so that she’s a citizen as soon as we step foot on US soil. I could be there an additional 2-4 weeks. 


And then, we come home!!! ❤️


And I know everyone’s curious – we will be hunkering down at home for a few weeks before we go anywhere. This will give her time to adjust to us here at home and to get in a routine.


We’ll give everyone the opportunity to meet her at the airport before we begin our “cocooning”.


We want to be absolutely sure that it’s as smooth of a transition as possible for our girl. There will be some hard times over the next few weeks and months, but we’ll be here with her and for her. So please bear with us as we all adjust. 


We’re hers forever. 



PS: Here’s a link to “cocooning” if you’re interested in reading up on it. The main idea is that we are her providers – we will be giving her food, drink, hugs, kisses, taking care of boo-boo’s etc. for the foreseeable future. That way, she knows we’re going to take care of her. 





  1. Soooo excited for your family!! I was just thinking about you yesterday and thinking it had been a while since you had blogged and I wondered how the process was going! Congrats and praying for a safe and uncomplicated trip!