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, July 18, 2012

More Selah and Isabella Pictures

 I'm about to head out for six hours of oppressive heat at a swim meet, but wanted to post a few more pictures. This picture was as they were walking Selah and Bella towards us for the first time; it shows their personalities so clearly. Bella took off running, thrilled to meet her Mom and Dad for the first time. Selah was looking at us and processing it all, although it only took her a few minutes for her to start smiling and playing also. I often imagine how Julia or Elijah would react in this situation - I don't think there would be much smiling! (There are some huge differences in kids raised in orphanages!) This was also the first I was really sure Selah wasn't five - she is barely taller than 2 1/2 year old Bella and seems to about Elijah's age (of almost four).

This was lunch the first day. Selah had no problem eating her bowl of food (with her hands) but Bella didn't finish in the time the other kids did (there were two tables of six kids each in the eating room), so they showed up with a spoon and literally shoveled it in as fast as they could. You could tell Bella was accustomed to it as she just opened and swallowed as fast as she could. I'm just thankful they are being fed well!

After the first day, if we had the girls for meal time, they would just deliver their food to us and we would feed them. 

We spent as much time with them as we could, but there were so many trips away that they are never allowed to go on. It was so different from Liberia, because we hauled our adoptive children all over the country with us. Ethiopia only allows them to go to the embassy trip and then to the airport!

There will be more, but now I'm off to pack my cooler!

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