Well some of you may or may not know, but we are in the process of switching our adoption from El Salvador to Ethiopia (for more details on why check out my wife’s blog at www.lifeunabridged.wordpress.com). Basically, the El Salvadorian government is not adopting out and our agency did not know when it would pick back up. They gave evryone in the El Salvador program the chance to switch to another program for free if that is what they wanted to do. Rachel and I were torn, but after much prayer we felt like God was leading us to Ethiopia. We were going to adopt from there eventually, so it seemed like an obvious choice. We are confident and at peace with this decision. If you have helped us in someway on the El Salvador adoption financially or bought one of our t-shirts, don’t worry we will not lose any of that money and it all goes to our Ethiopian adoption! The crazy thing is that if we hurry in getting our new paperwork done we could have a little girl as soon as November or December from Ethiopia. One of the things I am most excited about in all of this is I will be doing alot of ministry in Ethiopia in the coming years in Ethiopia. I can’t wait to take her back to her home country and let her have a chance to love on and minister to her people!
So the past few days we have been struggling with a name. Even though we have not met her and she is probably being born as we speak, it helps us to give her a name now. We did not feel like keeping the name “Bella” was what we should do. So we have been throwing names around alot and we have landed on one. So drumroll please………her name shall be JANE! It took a while to grow on me, but I love it now. It may not seem like the kind of name you would give an Ethiopian girl, but for some reason it seems to fit. We plan on keeping her birth name as a middle name, so that she stays connected to that in some way. So please join us in praying that we can bring Jane home soon. I am going to Ethiopia March 30th-April 5th. I may try and go to the orphanage that she will be and visit with some of the workers while I am there…who knows! Keep posted for more on Jane!