Reviewed all the records presented, and had them analyzed by a doctor who specializes in advising adopting parents who are considering children from Africa. Sum result was that we collectively saw nothing to prevent us from accepting, weighing all the risks for the kids themselves and our extant family of six (3 biological kids, one adopted Chinese daughter).
So we notified our agency of our acceptance of the referral of the two girls--sisters.
We anticipate an initial trip in mid-June, based on a scheduled court date in Addis Ababa, and a return trip in mid-July to pick up the girls.
The doctor thought they were really quite beautiful.
Again, if you want to help, see the FAQ page for the listing of desired children's clothes and medical diagnostic devices you can buy online and send to us for carriage over and delivery through our agency (an unusually savvy and long-experienced bunch in-country). For the June trip, we'd need stuff to us by the beginning of June.
We now consider ourselves a family of eight and have already initiated our plans (furniture-wise) for a reconstituted girls' room (Mei Mei and her two younger sisters) in the biggest kids bedroom in the house--the one our oldest daughter loses when she heads off to college in August.
The transition has begun . . ..