In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

It's A Girl!

Our referral is here - our new child - #10 - she is a precious little girl! I am not allowed to show her picture until we pass court, but oh, how I wish I could! Her little smile is enough to melt the hardest of hearts. She just turned two a few days after Tori's birthday in January and her Ethiopian name is Addiselam. We will probably continue our adopting trend of giving her a first name and using her current name as her middle name. She is 18 months younger than Elijah. When I showed him her picture today, he said, "oh, I just wish she could come home right now." So do I baby boy; I could be on a plane in a matter of days if it were that easy! Alei cracked me up by saying, "I'm so glad she's cute; the rest of us are decent looking so it's nice to keep that trend." I have to say that I don't believe I have ever seen an Ethiopian that I didn't think was darling, but she really takes the cake.

We are so excited. I am amazed at the goodness of God and the road he has taken us on. The realization that he led us to know that we had a child in Ethiopia three years ago, but didn't give the green light until this November, shows how much he loves the orphan and the extent he will go to place them in a family. The orphan statistic is a huge number, but it's made up of sweet little faces like my new daughter, faces that deserve the love of a family! Our plan now if just to pray our paperwork through. We need to start with immigration; we need a fingerprint date and to get our homeland security paper out of the country. 

God is good and we are among the most blessed! (If you live local, I have a picture in my purse!)


  1. Amazing that you have prayed for/thought of her since before she was born. Congratulations!

  2. How exciting!! Congratulations! We have several friends who've adopted from Ethiopia (they all used Gladney). Praying that it all goes smoothly, every step of the way, and that Addiselam is home soon!