Today we learned that we have been assigned a court date for Mihret and Yoseph...January 26! We don't go to the court date, but at some point that day will find out if our case passed court. If so, the children will be legally ours in the eyes of the Ethiopian government, and we will be assigned an Embassy date around 6 weeks later (that's when we'll travel, attend the Embassy appointment with the children, and bring them home!)
Not everyone passes court the first time; the Ethiopian judges are very particular (rightfully so, as their desire is to protect children and families) and will not pass us unless every piece of paperwork is in perfect order. Also, Mihret and Yoseph's mother will have to be present in order for the case to pass. That piece is very painful for me to consider. I'm glad she'll know that the children have a family, but it seems just too much that she has to travel again, and basically give them up again. Please be praying for her, for the children, and for the court date.
We'll keep you posted.