There are these moments, while you are in the adoption process, where you feel like you got punched in the gut. It's not that hard to do when you are dealing with the fact that your child is on the other side of the world and everything that you have to do to get him home is in other people's hands. Every little, or big, set back just takes the wind out of you and proves just how little control we have. This is exactly what happened this week.
The ONLY thing we are waiting on in order for us to travel is Robel's finder interview. The US Embassy has to interview either the child's birth parent, or the person that found the abandoned child. The interview was set for yesterday at 7:30 am, which would be 10:30 pm Thursday night-our time. Our finder would have to travel over 5 hours to get to his interview, but agreed and everything was a go. We were expecting clearance Friday morning and then could travel as soon as we liked. I started looking at plane tickets once the interview was set to get an idea of potential travel dates. Let's face it, with 4 kids and a job, trying to leave the country for a week is like moving mountains. There were very little travel options online, so I contacted our travel agent to have her look. She was having a hard time getting us flights as well. We made the decision based on faith and went ahead and booked our tickets for a week after the finder interview.
All day Thursday, my stomach was in knots. Thursday afternoon we received an email letting us know that our finder couldn't make his Embassy appointment. Punched in gut feeling times 100. Unfortunately for us, Ethiopia is 9 hours ahead of us, which means that everyone there is already headed into their weekend. Which also means that we don't have any answers as to why he couldn't make it, no answers as to whether or not he can reschedule or when that could possibly be?! Can Monday get here soon enough? We are suppose to board a plane in 8 days. Stressed doesn't even do this situation justice.
After speaking with our case worker, we decided to keep our travel plans as is. We are going to trust that we get this interview taken care of this coming week, that everything will go smoothly and we will get cleared to come get our son before we board a plane in 8 days. Did I say that already? Holy crap. Please be in prayer with us that all of this happens, that we can keep our travel dates the same, and that God is preparing our sweet Robel's heart for us! Good grief I can't wait to get our little man home!