Our homestudy was officially finished yesterday! That is a big piece of the adoption paperwork. It will be sent to the Department of Homeland Security (immigration) and we will hopefully receive the required form (171-H) in the next 2 months. Virginia is notoriously slow in getting those 171-H documents out. Once we get that.......all of our dossier paperwork gets notarized and authenticated by the state and finally gets sent to Ethiopia.
Last Saturday we went to a picnic where we met about 10 families from our area who have adopted Ethiopian children. It was an amazing experience! One family had 12 kids (6 bio and 6 adopted). All of the kids had such a great time and we learned so much about the process and adjustments once the children are home.
We are off to Baltimore this weekend for a short trip. We haven't ever been there before, so we are going to a baseball game at Camden Yards, visiting the aquarium, and touring the Inner Harbor. The Orioles are playing the Anaheim Angels.......think we'll have to cheer for the Angels!