We are rejoicing! This morning I finally received the phone call from our family coordinator at AWAA saying that we had all of the needed documents to submit to PAIR (Pre-Adoptive Immigration Review). PAIR is "the process by which the US can pre-determine a child's prospective eligibility to receive a US Visa before the adoption is finalized in Ethiopia." It was not difficult to submit - our FC emailed me all of the documents that were needed. It did take most of the afternoon to print and organize all the documents and their translations. (Of course it didn't help that I ran out of ink after printing 2 documents and had to run to KMart to get more!)
Everything is now on it's way to USCIS in Texas! Typically it takes around 30 days to be assigned an officer who will complete our investigation. The investigation itself may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Our FC seems to think our paperwork is in good shape and should not need any more documentation. As for a timeline, it is still possible that we will travel for the first time before the end of the year!! We are certainly hoping for things to happen as quickly as possible, butwe are content to rest in God's sovereign timing.
I can't even begin to explain the weight that has been lifted! Exactly 4 months from the day we accepted A's referral, we are moving forward!!! Thank you, Jesus!!