Lean in. I've got some unofficial news hot of the presses of the Yahoo Group to whisper in your ear. It appears all of the families who have received referrals now have court dates scheduled. That includes us! We have a CD (court date) people!!!! Now, it's our agency's policy not to share the CD with families to prevent disappointment if families don't pass the first time. Their policy, instead, is to inform families after they have successfully gained custody of the kids. This is wonderful news as I had prepared myself for delays, so I am pleased.
It does seem that AWAA is issuing tentative travel dates during the wait time. So, it's probably safe to assume that if a tentative travel date changes folks didn't pass court. There are two groups with tentative travel dates so far. As things stand for the first tentative travel group (TTG) there are 7 families set to travel Oct 25th if there are no complications. (We are praying for those families that it would be so!!) Next, the second TTG group has 4 families checking in so far for tentative travel on Nov 1st. I am curious to see how many more check in for the second TTG. It would appear that since Dustin and I are 9th on the list of families waiting for travel dates we'll be going in the third TTG. Those of us on the YG wonder if that TTG (#3) would receive a date for mid Nov sometime. If this is the case it would certainly be an answer to our prayers. PTL, God is faithful!
Yesterday's daily Bible reading gave me more than a chuckle. I had been planning on getting in touch with my inner persistent widow regarding travel to get Jonas before Christmas and this reaffirmed that decision for me.
Isaiah 62:6&7 (emphasis mine)
O Jerusalem, I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and
night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord. Give the
Lord no rest until he completes his work, until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.
I ask for your prayers for our friends the Gumms as well. They have had some huge delays lately. It's my hope that the Lord will really grant both our families major favor and that we would be able to travel to ET during the same time to visit and bring donations to Hope for the Hopeless together (Dustin and I will go ahead of our agency's travel group so we can devote some time to Hope for the Hopeless's kids.) It's a long shot, but nothing is impossible for God and I believe God hears our prayers!