Every tree limb overhead seems to sit and wait, while every step you take becomes a twist of fate.
Up on the watershed, standing at the fork in the road...

If you are new to our adoption blog please take a moment to scroll down to the archives at the bottom of this page and start with July 2009 post "Watershed."


Court Date

APRIL 26th

When we received her referral on March 1st I immediately created those elaborate math equations that are part calculus, part calendar geometry, part hopeful wishing, and part life convenience scheduling that all factor into determining exactly WHEN she would get home.

You know what I'm talking about - don't even pretend you haven't all done it yourselves.

It goes something like this:
If you take a) average assigned court date of 6-8 weeks after referral
and you account for b) pessimism that we would be on the early end
and you factor in c) the symmetry of our referral and court date both falling on a Monday

multiply by 4 family members all waiting to hear whether or not baby will be at our July family vacation in Santa Fe - buying tickets being semi-dependent on knowing something by end of April,

divide by 2 weeks of work in Africa in May that would conveniently land me in Ethiopia in early June,

then add together a complicated triangulation of desires, reality, and dates on the calendar

you come up with....theoretic dates for referral, court, and embassy appointments!!

All this to say that long ago I guessed April 26th and it is the first thing I have calculated correctly. Which hopefully means I have the rest of the equation right.

I am travelling in Southern Africa for work the last 2 weeks of May. I'm going to book myself through Ethiopia on May 31st (paying the change fee and staying as long as needed if something crazy happens) and hope and pray it all works out. We'll be more practical with J's ticket and wait to purchase that when we know the exact dates.



  1. YAY! So glad you finally got your court date! Praying you pass the first time :)

  2. WOOHOOOOO!!!!! Working out perfectly .... :)

  3. Cracking me up here! Where were you when I was fretting over dates? So excited to hear about your date!

  4. Pretty good calculating - woohooo!!

  5. I'm glad you got the court date and I hope that everything goes smoothly the first time. I know you're aware that it may not, but I'm hoping you don't even have to experience the emotional aspect of court failure. Yeesh.

  6. This is GREAT news!! I'm doing the Happy Dance for you here in Florida!


About Me

My photo
J and I have been married for almost 15 years. We have shared many adventures and a lot of watershed moments. In 2009 I began blogging and in 2010 we adopted our daughter from Ethiopia. In March of 2012 we began the process to adopt a little boy from Haiti. This blog follows the many twists and turns on the road to our two children and beyond.