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, February 10, 2010

Indoor Pictures

Yesterday I dug my monster van from the snow drifts to take three more children to the dentist. I do three people per appointment, one appointment a week, and generally end up at the dentist every week in February. On Monday, the dental office called me to see if I thought I could make it in. I replied with confidence that I thought I could. So, I loaded up Alei, Moriah, Tori (and Elijah) and set out for the dentist. Although JD had cleared the van, and the boys had dug out the snow in front of the van, it still required a good bit of digging to even start rolling. I then drove about 1/2 way to the barn when it slipped on the ice and slid into the snow-drift on the right side of the drive-way. I retrieved the shovel and dug until Gabriel saw me out the window and showed up to help. Between the two of us, we dug and spun the wheels on the ice for about 30 minutes until I admitted my predicament and called the dentist to reschedule.

Now that a few more inches of snow has fallen today, I may not leave the house until spring. Since I'd rather not look at any more snow pictures, I took some random picture inside. Here's Ben working on his new hand-writing book. Since he and James continue to form the letters incorrectly, we are doing another round of Handwriting Without Tears.

Here's James reading his mandatory book of the day.

Here's Julia in her favorite everyday dress, trying to reach the "sauce." "Sauce" is salt and she wanted to dump it on her tortilla chips!

Here's Tori in her "kingdom." I am not sure of the details, but I know she is in charge and she needed a lot of stuff around her throne.

Here's Gabriel's idea of a mid-morning snack. I thought it was a party platter, but turned out it was just to hold him off until lunch.

Here's Elijah between changes of clothes from dipping in the potty. Some days he hits the potty numerous times, resulting in several arm scrubbings and clothes changes.

Lastly, here's Charlie - rough life indeed.
Enjoy your snow day!


  1. I can so relate to the crackers and cheese!!! I can not believe how much my 18 year old can pack away for a 'snack'! And with all his running he is still a toothpick!
    Love the determination to get the 'sauce', tip-toes.
    We are Handwriting without tears fans too!!
    Delighting in Him

  2. Gabriel's snack is small compared our boys right now! I think we are in another growth spurt b/c they are eating us out of house and home! Or, maybe they are just trying to catch up with their feet (haha). Hope your cabin fever doesn't get too severe ;O) I'm just thankful the kids got to see this kind of snow here b/c they will probably be my age before they see it again!