We have a baby girl!!!
We got the call from Lindsey at CHSFS on Thursday morning. Actually I should say, I got the call at my office sitting at my desk. Lindsey told me she had a referral for me and Joshua. I started bawling. Buster and Donnie came into my office because they thought a tragedy had happened. I gave them a thumbs-up and they got the hint... She began to tell me about the basics and then said she was sending me and Josh a simultaneous email. Then I got off the phone and had to tell Josh! I called him on his cell. No answer. Again. No answer. Work phone. They said he had left for several appointments and didn't have his phone with him....
So I am thinking, I am going to flip out if I don't tell him soon!!! And I don't want to tell anyone else OR open my email with our new daughter's picture in it until we can look at it together!!! FINALLY, after three+ agonizing hours, he called me back. We opened the email together and cried and cried, both in our separate offices. We were so overwhelmed when we saw her!
First of all, we were expecting a boy. We told our agency that we would take a girl or a boy. But statistically, most people who adopt ask for a girl, so that meant that if you don't request a gender you have more chance for a boy. Plus, several girls had been referred to families in recent weeks so we thought, for sure, we'll get a boy. After we got over the shock that she was a SHE, we were amazed to find out how young she is. She is 3 1/2 months old and is beautiful! We only have two pictures of her. They are very similar. She looks completely shocked and surprised by the camera. Perhaps this was her first experience with a flash? At least it looks that way! We cannot show you her full picture yet, due to legal reasons, but we will post it as soon as we can! I can tell you that she has big beautiful brown eyes and beautiful smooth cocoa skin. I love it!
Her name will be Sophia Yenenesh Ray and we're going to call her Sophie.
Sophia is the name we chose for her first name. It means "wisdom". And, yes, Yenenesh is part of our Ethiopian name. It means "you are mine". We wanted to honor her birth family by using this special part of her name. Kinda reminds you of Isaiah 43:1: (NASB)
"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
I hope I can always remember that Sophie, first of all, belongs to God.
Thanks for all your encouragement as we're waited! Now we need your prayers for her health while we wait to go get her, and for our case to go through the Ethiopian courts smoothly and quickly!