Assuming that our itinerary is approved by our travel coordinator tomorrow, we will meet Karis in just 22 days!!!
It was interesting trying to get our flights, as you must be in-country 2 days prior to court, and can't leave until the evening after court, and also finding that it was significantly cheaper to actually stay a few days longer than we expected.
We leave here at 5 p.m., Sunday, October 24th, which has us in Addis at 8:20 a.m. on October 26th.
Baby-holding (and sight-seeing when they finally kick us out for the day*) on the 26th, 27th, and 28th.
Court on the 29th. Hopefully, prayerfully, there will be much rejoicing and the sharing of pictures of the beautiful baby who is legally our daughter!
More baby-holding and sight-seeing on the 30th. Church service (I'm so looking forward to this, too!) and baby-holding on the 31st. Tearful farewell to our precious girl. Fly out at 10:15 p.m. Arrive back in Anchorage on Nov. 1st at 10 p.m.
Continue praying for a speedy embassy date so we can hightail it back to get her and bring her home!!!
There you go, in a nutshell! 22 days!!!
*The hours we may spend at the transition home with Karis will be limited. I think this is mostly due to the fact that the nannies have to carry on a routine with all of the babies and children after the parents leave...which can be very difficult to do when you have had doting parents there every day all day for a week.