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, January 21, 2010

Tori is a Whole Hand

Little Tori turned five yesterday. It's been her dream for months to go to Chuck E. Cheese. We literally haven't set foot in the establishment since we took her for her third birthday, but it's all she's dreamed of for months. Chuck E. Cheese is one of those things that we did frequently when we only had two - four children, but it's definitely not cost effective for a family of 12 (including Aunt Deb.) Even with my new-found frugality skills, the night cost a small fortune. Oh well, a Liberian princess only turns five once (and it will be a long while before we return.)

It was Elijah's first time meeting Chuck E. JD has always referred to him as "the big rat." When the animated Chuck E. would light up and start singing, Elijah would point and yell, "rat." He was pretty impressed with "the big rat."

When the dressed up Chuck E. made his rounds, my girls were first for pictures. They love any dressed up thing. I really want to take them to Disney World while they are still little enough to be thrilled with dressed up princesses!

Of course, they loved the games. Julia liked virtual horse racing.

Elijah was impressed that Barney had eyes.

At the end, we pulled out the cake and presents. Tori wanted an all-pink strawberry cake, but chose a variety of primary candles. I'm not sure why I didn't pull the cake out of the box, guess I was slightly distracted by the fun chaos.

Check out Elijah waiting for cake cutting time.

Tori has wanted Heelies for a long time since her four older siblings have them. She isn't always the most graceful princess, so we weren't sure it was a good idea when she was three or four, but now.........the big five. So, Heelies she got. That smile says it all.

At the end of the evening, all the kids put together their earned tickets and donated them to Tori. She chose a fine assortment of cotton candy, other candy and plastic junk. The best choice had to be the 200 ticket, large plastic cock-roach looking bug that she carried around in her back pocket.

Happy, happy birthday Princess Victoria!

1 comment:

  1. I just really wanted to tell you thank you.
    You continue to inspire me.
    You continue to bless those around you.
    You continue to give and serve.