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, September 11, 2009

Interesting First Week

I left off my last blog on the note that we were heading off to hear an African children's choir. I was very excited and insisted on rearranging our normal Wednesday night schedule to prioritize taking the kids to hear them. Too bad I didn't prioritize reading the newspaper article more closely because I was a full week late! I knew it was a bad sign when the church looked deserted when we pulled up. So, maybe they'll return next year?

Since we were "in town," we decided to go out for pizza. We did the nice brick oven pizza place where you have to order and WAIT while they make the pizza. It was OK, but the kids would have been much more impressed with CiCi's. Here are my kiddos awaiting their food, well except for my teens who didn't come and Elijah who was everywhere except sitting nicely in his high chair!

Here's Elijah admiring the nice fan. I wonder why they stuck us in the little room by ourselves?

Here's my boys in their "Duggarish" new white shirts. I probably wouldn't have selected the new white church shirts if I had known the pizza sauce and strawberry smoothies that would have graced the front of them by the evening's end! I use my fair share of spray and wash and bleach!

So, yesterday I pulled out my Father's World teacher's manual and lesson book. Mind you, since I paid $90 for the spiral notebook, I really thought twice before writing in it. I decided, however, that there was no reasonable way that it would ever make it through the year and still be in resale condition, so I was filling in the blanks, etc. As we were finishing school and I was closing it up, Elijah grabbed the page, ripped it in half and partially ripped a few other pages as well. I scotch taped it up and left it on the counter. Last night, JD and I went out and the kids did the evening clean up. Guess what? I can't find the book to save my life. We all spent over an hour searching for it as it's the back-bone of our curriculum. I fear the worse, like Julia cut it to shreds and stuffed the evidence in a back-pack or Gabriel took it out with the garbage. I'm not sure what to do, but I'm sure praying that it turns up this weekend!
So, the first week of school. I hoped for better but that would have been as unrealistic as my public school hopes.


  1. Oh man that must have been dissapointing for both you and the kids! Ugh...don't you find there is only so much prioritizing.planning.organizing.superwomaning:) one can do and then that's it? Reality just takes it's course:):)
    Have a wonderful weekend...I hope the book turns up. Check the toy box:)

  2. oh man! what a bummer. i hope it turns up. i'm sure the kids didnt mind! i recognize Elijah's shorts. he is so cute. i am constantly amazed that he is the spitting image of Gabriel. and his hair is so cute. it makes me sad that i cut asher's. good thing a boy's hair grows so fast because i'm not getting it cut for a very long time! have a good weekend.