I've been trying (well okay, not trying hard but trying) not to make any predictions for how I think the whole adoption process will go down. But I've been largely unsuccessful because at the moment my heart has nothing else to do in this waiting game but think about WHEN I will get to hold that child of mine on the other side of the world!
And I've been paying close attention to the blogs of other Gladney families who are further along in the process. The first groups of families who will travel twice to Ethiopia are getting ready for that first trip and "timelines" are starting to take form about how long everything will take.
So here is my very scientific (ha ha) prediction on when I think the earliest we could bring Cassell baby #3 home: March 2011. I think that is the earliest I can hope for. And that means the chances of that happening are VERY slim!
Really, I just want him here before June 2011. A close friend of ours is getting married & Rob is doing that wedding and I would LOVE to be able to bring the whole family to Texas for that wedding (although the up side of not having him home would be that I'd get to pay more attention to the wedding). And one of our youth from Texas has started taking some incredible photographs of families and I would SO SO SO love to have her take some family pics for us.
So here's the lowdown on my dream version of our process:
October is the earliest I could hope to get a referral. We'll hit the 5 month wait mark on Sept 30th.
It takes 1-2 months to be assigned a court date and then that date is about a month out. So if I'm told about a court date in early December, the court date would be in January sometime. We'd go to court in Ethiopia in January and then IF we passed court the first time we'd travel back 3-6 weeks later to bring him home. That puts us March-ish.
And these are dangerous thoughts for me to have... because we could also still be on the waiting list in January hitting the 9 month mark of waiting (which wouldn't be abnormal at all).
Wouldn't it be funny if pregnancy were this way? "Well, I might have the baby in March but, you know, maybe I'd go into labor in July..." ha ha!