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.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Finally Pictures - Selah Mercy Kalkidan

 I am so excited to post that the smudge has been resubmitted and cleared in court, so I am able to present my legal 10th child, who will be named Selah Mercy Kalkidan. Selah means pause and reflect and Kakidan means promise. I just felt such an urging to include Mercy and Truth in the girl's names that both will have two middle names. Since she is often called Kalki in Ethiopia, we will be calling her Selah Kalki for quite a while. She supposedly turned five in May, but the adoption agency on both sides of the ocean thinks that she is younger than five. I think she is probably turning four, just like Elijah, but we won't be choosing an age, or birth date, until we have a bone scan done and can get as close as possible. 

She has quite the personality and maybe a bit of a strong will (won't be our first!) She is definitely outgoing and enjoyed the attention of a Mom and Dad for the first time in her life!

She has absolutely beautiful eyes - 

 And a darling smile, although the poor baby is going to have to endure pretty serious dental work to fix her teeth. I am afraid they are all pretty decayed. 

 She worked intently with the toys I brought, but unless I had a towel to wipe the sticky bubbles off the wand, she had me blow them for her. 

She likes to sing, dance and yell for fun though!

All the pictures that we took the first day, Selah is wearing JD's sun glasses. After that, we were smart enough to leave them in the room. I did buy her her own little pair for the trip home, she will be thrilled.

We can't wait to get you home, Selah, we can't wait!

If I am understanding correctly, Isabella did actually pass court last week or this, but they are waiting on a letter from MOWA (ministry of women and children) to catch up with her packet. I'm quite sure I can not post pictures of her until that letter is approved. Hopefully soon, because I want to start the ticking clock that means we can bring the girls home!


  1. She is darling! Excited for you all!

  2. Beautiful! I agree with you about age. Please contCt me...I would love to hear your travel advice. -Elaine

  3. Praising God for your news and that things continue quickly for your family! She is beautiful.

  4. She is BEAUTIFUL and her smile says it all, she is in love with her new mama and papa and soooo looking forward to a family life!!!! God answers all prayers! Are you all collecting backpacks still? If so could I get an address to send one too? I would like to be apart of that :)

  5. Congratulations!! She is precious. I am the one that posted previously with the boys from Nazaret. One of my boys had very bad cavities. I have some advice on that if you are interested. You can email me at eahdvm(at)yahoo and I will give you my phone number if you want to talk.

  6. So excited that you're able to share pictures now!!! :)

    Curious---is that a freckle/birth mark on her forehead? Or a bindi? Not sure what the major religions are in Ethiopia or if a bindi would apply to them...??

  7. Beth,
    I did email you, thanks,

    Liz, it was just nail polish on her head. A young lady that was there told us that they just think it's pretty. ( I thought it was prettier gone, but I don't ever request anything based on culture because I try hard to not offend; so we just lived with it until they took it off.)

  8. What a precious sweet face!! Funny you mentioned tooth decay with the picture of her holding a lollipop=)
    So you will stay there until you can bring both girls home? How long should it be?
    I didn't know you get to choose the birthdate. I wish we could do that for some of our Chinese kids, you can, but its a long legal headache.