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.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tori Toes and School Helpers

Warning: Poor focus picture ahead, but I wanted to remember Tori's story. On Sunday she wore her faithful off-white "hoses" for the obviously last time. When I put them on her, they were just worn in the toes, but when she came home and took her shoes off...........

Her eyes were huge, as only Tori can do, and she looked at me and said, "Look Mom, my feet grew so much while I was at church that my toes grew right out of my hoses." She was completely serious.
On a school note, we have serious pen and pencil issues at this house. It doesn't seem to matter how many new ones I put in the pencil cup, they all disappear! Yesterday, I pulled out another box of pencils and started sharpening. I was soon joined by my helpers; they did a pretty good job.
And my friend, Ms. Wendy, is right - Ticonderoga pencils are the best. They sharpen well and the erasers actually erase without leaving smudges. They are worth their high-pencil price tag, unless your children lose them at the rate that mine do.

Life is an open book, fill it with hope, love, dreams and memories.


  1. you get what you pay for Grasshopper!

  2. We have the same problem with disappearing pencils. I found about 10 after raiding the pack rat's room.