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.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Tidbits of Today

I went back to the "back doctor" today, he gave me some muscle relaxers and topical medicine as well as a really cool neck collar to wear eight hours a day. You won't see any pictures of me in that on the blog! Anyway, the weird thing is that I really feel so much better today, I even stopped at Costco on my way home, which would have been out of the question even yesterday. I dropped my prescriptions off, but I may be ok without them. Here's the first site that welcomed me home; nothing feels says "welcome home" more than 200 square feet of play-dough mess all over the front porch - at least it wasn't intermingled with duck poop!

This picture really doesn't do it justice, imagine this times ten. Anyway, I never know what adventure will await me upon my arrival home. Sometimes, the kids have done a wonderful job picking-up and it's better than when I left, other times not so good.

Here's Gabriel giving Elijah an afternoon sword-fighting lesson; good thing as Elijah is already 13 months old. He thought the whole thing was great entertainment.

Gabriel works quite a few hours a week and Elijah is always excited when he comes home from work. They have a sweet relationship for being brothers 16 1/2 years apart.

Lastly, here's my Tori humor of the day. When we were driving to pick up Moriah at soccer practice last night, Tori asked why all those zip lines were running next to the road; she was referring to the utility lines.

A few minutes ago, Tori asked Moriah if she would read her the "Alice the Wiesel" book. When Moriah asked her to find it, she pulled out...

I think the best part of having toddlers and preschoolers is their interpretation of our world!


  1. Jenny,
    Gabriel looks like a man - a nice looking, young one..but still a man. How did that happen? You have a man/child at your house that is more man than child! That says something....like....we are old!


  2. Reading this brought one of those smiles from one ear to the other for me! Eloise was the best!!! It must be so satisfying to see how well Gabriel interacts with Elijah! I always feel so good when I see my boys taking care of each other in different ways!

  3. I forgot to say how glad I am that your back is feeling a little better. I will continue to pray. You have a lot that you are entrusted with, taking care of all those very special young ones! I know God wants you to be healthy so you can continue on in peace and harmony. <3

  4. I can't tell you enough how much I can relate to your "adventures"....the playdough mess for example:) YUP. and the sword fighting lessons...YUP YUP and the way toddlers interpet the world....triple yup:) When I read your blog I feel "normal":):)