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, February 16, 2012

Her Name

We signed, notarized and mailed our referral acceptance today. Addisalem is going to be Isabella Addisalem. Isabella is a root of Elizabeth and means God's Oath; it fits pretty perfectly for the child that we have waited three years for. According to my sister, who has language experience, we think Addis is flower and salem is peace; either way, I think it's a darling Ethiopian name and am keeping it. So, like many of our other children, she has a long name but we are going to use the nick-name Bella. 

(I also fixed my comment issues.  I had changed Blogger to my new email address, but had the comments still coming into my old address. So, if you haven't been able to get comments through in a while, feel free to try again.)


  1. Oh Jenny, (and family), we are so excited and happy for you! Congratulations on your newest arrival. We are praying for you and for Bella.
    I have read your last two posts with tears in my eyes and so much joy for you...