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.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


We, as most families, are busy getting ready for Thanksgiving. We are having dinner here with some family and friends. JD hurt his back and hasn't even been able to go to work all week, so the kids are stepping up and helping with the cooking this year.

The only way that I don't have Julia and Elijah's help is if I let them watch TV. Elijah is quite fond of Baby Einstein. In fact, he climbs in the rocking chair and points at the TV several times a day. I usually whisk him away and distract him, but sometimes I put on the only old VHS we have of Baby Einstein. It is baby animals, which he is thrilled with. He doesn't ever want to watch it alone, he likes a big kid to sit and discuss each animal's sound with him. Here's Alyssa, with baby Keyla, that kindly volunteered for the job yesterday. Keyla was pretty impressed with Baby Einstein as well.

On top of Thanksgiving cooking and cleaning, it was hair week again. I re-did only 1/2 of Julia's and Dena did all of Tori's. Here's little Tori yesterday heading to the grocery store with me; she has always loved hats and looks pretty cute in them.

I hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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