Okay, so since my last post a few people have asked what I mean by "referral." I guess I kind of forget that not everyone is familiar with all of this adoption lingo, so let me explain...
When our agency matches us with a child, they call us with the referral. They send us a picture and a medical record. They recommend that the medical record be reviewed by a pediatrician who specializes in international adoption. We have one week to either accept or reject the referral. If we accept the referral, then they begin doing all the stuff required to secure a court date in Ethiopia to make the adoption legal (legal in Ethiopia- we will have to later come back to the states and adopt him here as well). Now, I say we can reject the referral, but just so you guys have an idea, that rarely ever happens. The only instances I know of that people have rejected their referral (with our agency, anyway) is because they had requested two children but were only referred one. Those families rejected the referral and told the agency they didn't mind waiting longer for siblings.
Once a family receives (and accepts) their referral, they typically travel to Ethiopia to pick up their child 6-8 weeks later. However, just to make things more complicated, Ethiopia courts close for August and September. So if a family receives a referral during that time (which is when we expect ours- naturally!) then the wait will be longer- more like 8-12 weeks. And THEN he is home with us!
Whew! I think that makes sense!