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, May 24, 2019

The Point of the Blog -

 The point of the blog, for me, is to allow friends and family to see and hear about our lives and to keep a memory for my children. I have so many awesome things going on, so want to start with a recap about the goats and llapacas. We have 10 baby goats this spring - they are super cute as you can see.   

Lady had a set of triplets - Carmelle, Claudia and Canaan. Storm had a set of twins - Cypress and Cedar, Daisy had a set of triplets - Captain, Commander and Carnation and finally Agnus then had a set of twins - Chris and Chickpea.

We are keeping Claudia after caring for her as the tiny runt who didn't want to eat, but other than that, most have deposits on them and will be leaving in the next two weeks. 

 This spring I called in the professional shearers for the llama and alpaca blends; they did fur, hooves and teeth! They told me to have three helpers on hand, but really we didn't have to do too much once they were down.

Butte decided to hide in the barn once she saw Glacier's treatment.

Arabella just hanging out with the baby goats - 

 Jewel, who looks like her momma, was the second to go. 

Butte was the inevitable third llama; the shearer thinks she is 75% llama while the white two are 75% alpaca. We just coined the term llapaca to cover them all. 

  They had to stay dry before the cuts and didn't appreciate not having their pools; they are flipped and filled now. 

After testing, shots, dehorning, hoof cleaning, and wethering, Cypress and Cedar were the first to head to their new home.

The spoiled babies still get some bottles at night; they line up for them.

I have a story about the Suburban breaking down on the way home from the vet with FOUR dogs in it - both Pyrenees, the collie and the yapping Pomeranian. Good times and we have a "new" Yukon now!

 The farm watering hole - 

Monday, April 22, 2019

Baby Oliver

Mimi and Oliver

 Welcome to the world, Oliver Joseph. Oliver was born to Alyssa and Joseph on April 11th at a few minutes past 10:00. He is a happy and healthy boy!

Aunt Alei and Oliver

Elijah with Oliver at a week old

Grand-dad and Oliver
 The family of three - 

 I love this pictures of Oliver smiling in his sleep - you can count on more pictures of this cutie in the future.

 Moriah's wedding is getting close - June 1st. We are looking forward to having all three of our grandsons in the new family pictures!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Camp 2019

 Last weekend was our 7th year at camp and our smallest number attending - only six of us. Tori stayed home with Moriah since Moriah was off all weekend. We had a great time as usual and while I love the activities, my favorite is just not having to cook any meals or do any dishes. I wish we had a dining hall to show up at every meal!

 The difference in camp the last two years, since it's being run by a different group, is allowing the kids to attend whatever activity they choose when it's available instead of having a rotation. Since the kids are older, it's really nice. I have few pictures of Julia because she spent hours at jewelry making while the younger three never went there at all. 

Eljah - archery

Selah was the only one who got her kite up in the time we spent trying.

Bella loves the African drumming
 Everyone loves the rock wall and high ropes course - 


 The lake is really a fun time, we did several laps around with different combinations of paddlers. 

Unplanned race down the hill between the camp counselor and JD, much to the girl's delight. 


Laser Tag
 Our traditional last day photo missing Julia, because she was back at jewelry making. 

 About an hour after arriving home, Storm had two baby girls - Cypress and Cedar. 

 She joins Lady and her triplets - Canaan, Claudia and Carmelle - yes, it is C year. We also have two more goats that are going to add to the population within the next few days.