The boys both had some strong cough medicine last night and both slept better. Augustine is still waking up choking and coughing (which is awful!), but it was certainly better than last night. There is an American children's occupational therapist (who knew that was a thing) staying with us at the guest house and she is helping me to observe some of the funny things the boys are doing and try to help them.
Last night we got to hear Moses chat for the first time. He woke up in the middle of the night and just talked and talked. I do love to sleep, but it was dear to hear his words.
I just learned this morning that Marsha Blackburn's office has so far been unable to even get in contact with the Embassy here in Addis. Sobering. I have emailed every contact I have at the embassy this morning. I wish we had gone to the Embassy with the group this morning, but we just didn't have any idea. Hopefully Sheka did us right and turned in the documents for Mamush and requested an early appointment for him. Rebecca
12:30 p.m., local time
Dear Ms. Faires,
We just completed the expedited screening of Mamush’s case and everything is in order. We will be happy to process visa interviews for both of your children tomorrow.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2:30 p.m., local time
It's done! Everything is going to work out! We are going to bring them both home! I just got an email from the embassy and they are planning on doing visas for both boys tomorrow!
Sheka, our Ethiopian CWA liason, wanted to see the email to be sure it was true. When she saw it, her eyes got big and she looked at me with a look of surprised congratulation. I am so grateful for the prayers of God's people.
Sheka also told us the CWAE would pay for the embassy fees and we could reimburse CWA when we get back home. This is such a relief because getting cash here (USD or birr) was going to be pretty complicated, expensive and time-consuming.
Now there is nothing for us to do but wait and snuggle these sweet boys.
Thank you, Jesus!
Also, many of you have asked how old the boys are. Moses (named for the African Saint and for the Biblical Moses who was also adopted) is 16 months old and Augustine (named for Saint Augustine of Hippo) is 14 months old.