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.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Adoption Update and More Waiting

Let me just start my update with the reality warning that if you adopt, you get to practice patience. You see, the norm. for Ethiopia is that legally the child is yours when you leave court and you are then able to post pictures of them. We were told a few days before we traveled that one of the seals on one of the 3,000 documents for Selah was smudged and that while all would be fine for court, we wouldn't be able to post pictures of her for an extra few days until it was re-submitted. We later found out that they would just resubmit it when they returned for Bella's court date. 

The week before last we were told that Bella had a court date last week, although they didn't know for sure what day. Every day last week I waited, prayed and hoped and heard nothing. When Friday rolled around, I called and emailed and still heard nothing. I called this morning and was told that although they had called for an update that morning, the lines to Ethiopia are down and they will not be able to find out anything until they are up again. She assured me that she would call as soon as she hears. 

So, again, we wait. Today has been three weeks since we appeared in the court room in Ethiopia. I am just hoping that no news is good news at this point and hopefully I will be able to post pictures soon!

Until then, want to see how cute they are from the back?



  1. Jessica,
    Actually no, they aren't related biologically. They are actually two separate adoptions from two separate orphanages and two separate court processes. Since they were both waiting children and both paper ready, our agency has been able to keep their time tables about even and they are now living in the transition home together. They even pushed their beds together.

  2. Jenny,
    they are precious! Praying with you guys....glad to see updates on here. Did you see where I msged you about buying the necklaces on fb? If so, msg me back. :)

  3. Wow! Looks like it's getting closer! They are at a fun age!