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.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sick and Court

 Please say a quick prayer for Elijah; according to him, this has been the "baddest sick ever". I think I agree - Tori was down and out for nine to ten days but never threw up. Elijah is on day three and is still throwing up. JD took him to Patient First today (not the Urgent Care previously written about because we don't have an adoption certificate for him...I am kidding, but we have just been happier overall with P.F.) They said the same diagnosis as Tori -  no flu, no strep, just a long, long virus. If it spreads to even a few more kids, I won't be seen in public until June. Elijah is borderline dehydrated, but keeps down enough of the liquid that they didn't send him over to the hospital.

We finally received some good news on the Brooke front. Her case has cleared the first round of court in her region. There is a second round, however, that we knew nothing about; we are just praying that it goes quickly. Her case should be simple - she is a complete orphan and we have her only sibling, but it is still very slow.

As far as Selah and Bella, they have been ours for four month and we constantly marvel at how well adjusted they are. Since they were both in orphanages for three and almost three years, we were prepared for some serious orphanage behavior. You would think, instead, that we got the well cared for neighbor kids. The worst we dealt with was Selah becoming overwhelmed in public at first and Bella's food stand-offs, but they were very minor and we are completely past both of them.

Selah speaks remarkable English for four months in America, there is very little she doesn't understand or say. She is also so, so funny. Her biggest concern at the moment is that she wants her ears pierced; she just told me that "she can't hurry....she needs ear-rings". I said, "you can't wait?" and she replied, "right, me can't wait." We need to make a trip to "town" and have her ears pierced and her hand scanned so we can also assign her an accurate birthday. 


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