But we have lots of it right now, because MONDAY IS THE DAY...the day that our process coordinator in Ethiopia will take our paperwork to the embassy, and ask them to handle our case in just one week.
Typically, the embassy won't make appointment for less than two weeks out from when the receive files. BUT, we didn't have court until the 29th, and there was no way that all the pieces would have been received in time to submit them. While it looks like that our paperwork was "submitted too late" to have the embassy date right before Thanksgiving, it actually means that our paperwork has been submitted on a much earlier time frame than otherwise thought possible, and it's a wing and a prayer that they'll take it "later" than two weeks out. Make sense?
That said...PLEASE PRAY WITH US that we are graced with an embassy appointment NEXT WEEK. Embassy handles cases from our agency on Wednesdays, but since it takes about two days to get the printed visa after the appointment, they would likely push us up to Monday of next week. One. week.
If we don't receive an embassy appt. for the week of Thanksgiving, then our date will be Dec. 8th. That's not entirely bad, either...it gives more time to prepare to leave, and to raise money, as we're about $4500 shy of being able to pay our travel expenses. Logistically, we'd prefer Dec. 8th. Emotionally, I want Nov. 22. *sigh* :) Either way, it's SOON, and our baby is home for Christmas!