Ok- sorry I didn't explain this in my last post, but the courts in Ethiopia close for approximately 2 months every year - usually sometime between July and August. I don't know exactly why - perhaps because of the rainy season? (If you know, feel free to chime in.)
This year I'd heard all kinds of different closing dates and, as of writing my last post, had been informed that they would close July 7th or 8th... GOOD NEWS - the actual court closure date is August 5th! I had been thinking it would be unlikely that we could get in before the courts close if we didn't get a referral this week. Now it seems more likely that we could get a referral and have our adoption processed before the closure. Families can still travel after the closure, as the only business we'll do in country is at the American Embassy, which remains open. So, if we get a referral in the next few weeks, we would have a good chance of traveling later this summer- in August or September. Exciting stuff!