As it happens, we'll end up using the French form of Evelina, which is Aveline, and means wished-for or longed-for in addition to hazelnut. It will be her middle name, because it flows better to put her Ethiopian given name first. We will call her Elvie, and she will be our daughter.
She will be our daughter.
Yes, you read that right.
We know her name. We've seen her beautiful face. We've felt such joy. Waiting gave way to the most beautiful surprise. Elvie. Eight weeks old today. Tiny and practically perfect in every way.
Please join us in a little impromptu dance party, in honor of our newest daughter, Miss Elvie McBride.
There is more to tell, and I will tell it later today, but for now this is simply about the joy. I hope you're dancing.