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.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Stairs

 Last Tuesday, I took a speedy trip down the last few stairs at CC holding Nathan and surrounded with other students. The result was a very swollen and bruised ankle that I couldn't stand up on. I ended up at Urgent Care and they diagnosed a sprain and ligament issue, but I will be heading to the actual foot doctor on Tuesday to see what the deal is. My greatest wish right now is something that lets me walk on it without a crutch. This is way way too inconvenient for my life!
Yesterday I hobbled out with my crutches to hang out with my sweet baby goats; they are so much fun and I hate being inside on the nice days of spring.

 We had tickets to the symphony in Richmond two days after the accident, so thankfully, Alayna went with me and drove. 

Bella's new glasses - first kid in 11 that needed full time glasses
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Little Treats - Big Feats

 James, Tori and Julia all needed my assistance today to finish the week's school; yes, it's Saturday and school has been the name of the game with James for as many Saturdays as I can remember. 

 I took a break to go out and take pictures of my cute baby goats, specifically the two little boys that will be wethered and sold. Since last posting, the last set of twins were born and I sold Flutter with her two baby boys. Her meanness to the other goats had only increased since having her babies, and I couldn't subject them to her any longer. 

Alice, Alfred, Agnes and Albert
The twins two weeks younger caught up to the size of the triplets born earlier
 It was a beautiful day and I decided to let the goats and chickens out for the day since the kids were playing outside with Nathan.

Elijah called them "the goat gang"

Tori may look bored but look how happy Nathan is just walking around with the animals.
 I decided that I wanted to accomplish one outside chore to enjoy the weather, so I chose the branch pile. This branch pile, that was taller than the fence and about 12 feet long, is just the small pines that we cut down and feed the goats and then throw the branches over the fence. I can't remember how long since we cleaned it up, but it was way, way too long. It was at the point that we couldn't see the baby goats through the fence or use the gate. The bad part was the tractor that usually does the job is in the shop and will be for some time.

 Who needs a tractor when you have children? I had JD pull the trailer over and I gathered the children.

We packed all the branches in the trailer and James stomped them down a few times. 

Nathan decided that driving the van was the most fun. 

 Serious pile - we aren't going to neglect it that long next time!

 This is the fence line cleared and the grass freshly mowed by goat -

Quick milk break - 

 Stormy - last fall's baby.

The chickens spent most of their day dirt bathing on the edge of the woods. 

Here's the newest baby boy - Albert. Look at the perfect heart he was born with on his side!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Birthday and More

 I forgot to post actual pictures from Nathan's birthday party; here is the Paw Patrol cake that Alayna made. I am hoping she took pictures of the decorations, because I apparently did not and they were all so cute. 

Nathan enjoys blowing out candles. In fact, we can't really have any lit these days or he climbs up and blows them out. 

Here's a normal school day; it may be a bit distracting homeschooling with a two year old, but most of my years have included homeschooling with toddlers. 

Here is when you save on laundry and strip the toddler down for yogurt - 

 Aren't they always eating? Seems that way.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CC School Pictrues

2016-2017 Classical Conversations school pictures -

Tori - 12

Julia - 10.5
Elijah - 8.5

Selah - 8
Bella - 7


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!