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.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pictures From Today

 It is late Thursday night here in Ethiopia; we leave for the airport late Friday night. We have our final delivery tomorrow morning - quilts for five girls at a safe house up north. Today we visited Selah's orphanage and delivered educational toys and a big bag of Teff. (I have no idea how to actually spell Teff, but it is a grain that is used to make Injera.) The orphanage worker instantly remembered us from our visit in June and they were very happy to see current pictures of Selah and to hear that she is so close to being home. 

Tonight we had a nice visit with Brooke and her good friend at the transition home. Her friend speaks incredible English and translates a lot for us. We bought Brooke a Bible at the market today and she was very excited and hugged it. She loves to read, but obviously has very little reading materiel, so it is exciting to think about how much time she will spend reading her Bible in the months to come. 

We have loved our time here, but I am ready to start the long journey home. I miss the kids  at home and know they are anxious to have their parents back and to meet their sisters. I  have no idea how Selah and Bella are going to do traveling or in the days to come when there are no nannies to translate what they are wanting. I anticipate the first few weeks may be a bit rough! 

Here is Selah braiding Alyssa's bangs - 

Bella refused to be moved from Alei's lap from breakfast until lunch. She did willingly go with Brooke at lunch time only because she knew that food was waiting. We were gone this afternoon, and we were told that she was ok. She calls me Mommy and repeats that Alei is Alei, but when others ask her where her Mommy is, she points to Alei and goes to her. I assume she will figure it out over the next few weeks. 


  1. Can't wait for you to get home! Praying for all of you and the travel.

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  3. I’ll be praying for safe travels for your family and a smooth transition for the girls. They are precious! It's been a blessing following your Ethiopian adventure.