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.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Kids and Kids

Here are some people kids with the goat kids. At one point, the baby goat's hoof hit Nathan's bare belly and he told me "bite". I told him the goat didn't bite him, it was just the hoof and he said, "oh," and leaned over and kissed him on the head several times.

Selah prefers Alfred and Elijah loves Alice

We introduced Fiona to the baby goats, since it's her job to help protect them.

It was a lovely day outside, it's crazy that it is February. We put up the umbrella and did school outside.

Look at that sky, it's so perfect, it looks like a fake back-drop. 

Here's my efficient way of letting Nathan in and out - block the door open. The goats are currently contained, (because yes, they always want in) and there aren't bugs yet. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Baby Goats Galore and There Will Still Be More

 We were met with the surprise of baby goats from Lady Tuesday morning; there were a healthy pair and one still born baby. The third baby looked perfect and it was sad to not know what happened to him. 

We did our hike to the animal burying ground and buried the baby goat before we spent too much time with the other new babies. I notice now that James did not even get dressed.

While it is sad, I think my kids handle death well and Elijah requested to lower the baby into the hole. 

Then we headed back to the barn to get to know the new twins. They are Alfred and Alice; we are going with A names this year for goats that will remain in the herd. (Alfred is only a maybe, but just in case.)

Nathan loves the baby goats and makes several trips to the barn a day to see and hold them.

 Today the new baby goats were two days old, but this afternoon brought Flutter into full labor. I thought it would go much quicker than it did and Alayna rushed home from town, skipping Wal-Mart only to wait several hours.   

The waiting got old. The boys had karate and I had an important phone call. We all still stayed on alert.

 Flutter couldn't get comfortable and kept moving around. 

Nathan came in a hung out with Grand-dad; this is what I found on a quick visit to the house.  

Finally, finally, the first baby came. I don't think Flutter knew what happened and didn't even look at the baby until I cleaned it a bit and gave it to her. She then started cleaning him.


A few minutes later brought another baby boy - Brownie and Cookie.  

One more goat birth to go - Leia is due anytime. We are hoping for one more girl this year!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Birthday Boy

Nathan turned two yesterday. We are having a small party next weekend, but we had cupcakes for his actual birthday. (Of course, small is relative when you use that word in our family!)

He was pretty pleased with the cupcake and singing; he blew the candles out right as we started singing, so we just relit.

Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


After a costly trip to the vet, we found out that Hunter is losing weight due to a thyroid tumor. He has lost 25% of his body weight since last fall. While I am largely not in favor of heroic measures to extend animal lives, Hunter is by large our favorite cat of all time. He is the only cat that lives indoors and will probably be our last inside cat. He is currently 12, and we had hoped to have him around several more years. While I am not jumping on the bandwagon for radiation in Northern Virginia, I am going to attempt to give Hunter two pills a day - one in the morning and another at night. Hopefully it will allow him to stabilize and have a few more happy years with us. 

His afternoon agenda - hairing up JD's computer bag

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Look Who is Here for Valentine's Day

Look who is back at our house for a while - he brought him Momma also. Nathan turns two this weekend and we are going to host the party. He is having a good time with his doting aunts and uncles. This look was trying to figure out the big camera; he is accustomed to his picture taken only with phones.

Dark picture but I love the smile
This is a common look when he is analyzing something; his concern was once again my large black camera.

It's really nice how comfortable he is in different situations and with different people - perfect little military kid. He is living my life as a child much more than my kids did; mine lived their entire childhood in Virginia, different cities but all Virginia. My childhood consisted of major moves every few years, so far Nathan's experience looks very similar.

Since Valentine's Day hit on a Tuesday, we had a celebration at Classical Conversations today. The kids worked on making their cards yesterday and attaching skittles. Amazing what a mess they were able to make with that project.

Alayna is hanging out with the kids tonight for JD and I to go to dinner. 


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Julia and the World Puzzle

Julia has started this 600 piece world puzzle before and it got messed up.
This time she was smart enough to put it on a white board that we could move around. Elijah and I worked with her one morning for a bit, and James helped some at the end, but mostly it was her effort.

Honestly, it was so much more difficult than it looked, because the countries and states were individual and did not snap into each other. You couldn't bump them or move them without messing the tiny pieces up.

When she got all done, we found out that it was missing a few tiny pieces; we had bought it used. I'm wondering if anyone will do it again knowing that. 

I'm proud of Julia for working so hard at it and learning more geography along the way. 


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Birthday Week

Yesterday was Tori's birthday, today is Alayna's and Monday is Bella's. While Alayna isn't back in Virginia yet, Tori and Bella wanted to try out the new trampoline park, Sky Zone, in town for their birthday event. I felt like an hour wasn't going to be long enough, but it sure was expensive enough, and it turned out to be plenty of time. They didn't do any sitting or resting, but they had time to enjoy everything that was offered. We will hope to go back sometime when the ninja warrior course is completed.

Elijah probably flipped 100 times in the first 20 minutes we were there and was in pain with an aching back. We outlawed any more flipping and he still had fun. He can flip frontward and backwards effortlessly on a trampoline or diving board. He has been working on back flips on the ground in karate also.

We watched a handful of teenage boys strive to jump high enough to slam dunk the basketball; once they gave up, they handed Tori the ball and she made it several times. I think they were a bit embarrassed.

Today was Tori, Elijah and Selah's first basketball game. I didn't get to see Tori's since I had a birthday party to take the younger crowd to, but she scored 12 of the 18 winning goals!

Dodge ball is a favorite since they play it weekly at home school PE. At one point, Selah was the only one in on her side and dodged three boys throwing balls at her until the whistle was blown. It was humorous because she trips over her own feet regularity, but can dodge speeding balls!

Once we finished up our hour at Sky Zone, we headed to CiCi's pizza buffet for dinner and then home for Tori's cake and gifts. Her major gift is acting lessons in CYT's (Christian Youth Theater) spring session. She is certain at this point that her career is in Hollywood; unlikely from rural VA, but local theater perhaps.