Thursday, March 24, 2011



I'm so excited to introduce our newest daughter
We no longer have to blur her out or call her "R"

We are officially a family of 8!!

Meet our biggest "baby" Rahel Candace

We have a family tradition of giving our kids "C" names. So when we adopted the girls, we gave them each new middle names (Hermela Corrine and Meron Camille) so that they would have a "C" name too. Over the summer (before we ever knew about Rahel), I came across the story in the bible of Phillip and the Ethiopian. In the story, the queen was called "Candace" and I thought to my self, "man, I wish I would have used that "C" name for one of the girls." When we decided to adopt Rahel, I knew that would be her middle name. How cool-a biblical, Ethiopian "C" name. After a little research, I found out that the name actually was a title given to all Ethiopian queens at the time, so it actually means Ethiopian queen.

Here is our "Ethiopian queen" during our visit in February.

Such a happy girl!

I love this picture of her checking me out.

Can't wait for the day we can bring her home (but you know I'm going to have to :-)
I'm pretty sure I'll sleep a little easier tonight!

Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. Isaiah 43:5


  1. Jessica,
    I'm so, so happy for you and for your whole family (including Rahel Candace). Thanks so much for sharing those beautiful pictures.

  2. Yay! So wonderful! Thanks for sharing and for sharing her name meaning. Quite interesting. We are praising the Lord with you.

  3. Jessica, how FANTASTIC!!! So happy for you all! Praying you will get your embassay date soon!
    Karen D.

  4. I am new here, but WOW.. what a BEAUTIFUL girl!!

  5. Praise the Lord! So happy for you all!!

  6. Congratulations! So happy to hear this wonderful news and to see pictures of your precious daughter!! Let me know when you travel - I have been getting emails from sponsors wondering when your next trip is! blessings - Karen Wistrom

  7. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Yay- that is huge wonderful news!!! She is a beauty! And I LOVE her middle name! ;) I know that the name Candice/Candace also means glittering, glowing white... so funny when you think about it combined with an Ethiopian queen!
    Can't wait to see you all together as a family!

  8. Congratulations, Jessica! What wonderful and awesome news. I pray you get an embassy appointment quickly!

  9. Congratulations to all of you. So happy for you guys!

  10. Love the name you chose for her! Can't wait for her to get home!!

  11. So happy for you! I know you have been waiting for this day for too long! Blessings to your growing family!