The Garrisons


Follow our journey on adoption #3 for child #8!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Court Date!!

I am happy to report that we received our court date this week! July 7 is the big day!! I was pleasantly surprised as the date was actually a little sooner than I anticipated - that's the kind of surprise I like!

We are optimistic about passing the first time, but also want to remember that our chances are about 60%. (40% of families do not pass on their first try for a variety of reasons....paperwork, a necessary party not making it to court, judge wanting further investigation into the case, etc.)
As I have told you before, our case is an abandonment case. For about the last 2 months, Ethiopian courts have not been approving abandonment cases because of an ongoing investigation. Well.....great news......they will once again hear these cases as of July 2!! So, we will be one of the first families to go through court with an abandonment case after the investigation. We hope that all will go smoothly, but are mindful that this adds an unknown element to the whole thing. We are thrilled, though, that the courts will be again hearing abandonment cases before our court date - what a blessing!! (if they hadn't, they would have temporarily closed our case on that day and we would have had to wait for a new court date)

Ethiopia is 8 hours ahead of us, so while we sleep on Monday, July 6, a judge will hear our case in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Please pray with us that everything will be in place and that we will have a successful first court date. We appreciate all of you that take the time to read the blog and follow along and especially those of you who will join us in prayer to bring Elijah home!!

Assuming we pass, we will hope to travel at the end of July!! WOW!! We'll also get to share pictures of his cute little face with you.....can't wait!!

5 comments:

Jean said...

Hey Kathy ... we'll be praying for you guys to PASS!! Our court date is the 8th so I'm really hoping we both pass and will be able to travel to get our precious little ones!!

Blessings,

JCarpenter

Beth said...

Yea for July 7th!!! God has been with you every step of the way, and He will most definitely be there that day, too! :)

julie said...

I will be praying for you. (We are in the waiting for a referral stage for a little boy from Ethiopia. It's exciting to read about someone a little ahead of us!)

jenet said...

God bless you for all good work since day one i follow your history and pray for ya i knew that little angel meant be yours am happy for all your family and elijah :) God bless you all all the best

jenet said...

God bless you for all good work since day one i follow your history and pray for ya i knew that little angel meant be yours am happy for all your family and elijah :) God bless you all all the best