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.

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Bit....

I can only cover a small piece of this vacation tonight, as I'm sun-burnt and tired. For a big family, this is the way to go - renting a whole house for the week. Although we still have kids sleeping in sleeping bags on the floor, it sure beats two hotel rooms like we have done in the past.

The weather has been wonderful, other than the high, high winds we had at the beach today. Here's a shot of Alei and Moriah in the front yard of our rental.

Here's Elijah and I. He has worn his sun-glasses for several days now; he knows when he looks cool.

A funny story was when we went over to JD's sister's home for a cook-out. Uncle Pedro came to the door and kind of play growled at Elijah. The problem was that it was dark looking in and Elijah was terrified. Later Pedro demonstrated what he had done and Elijah again reacted with fear. After that, Elijah wasn't going anywhere near him and kept pointing at him and telling us, "bad and scared." Later that night, Pedro pulled out his guitar to win Elijah back over. At first, Lijah stood across the room. Then he moved on Gabriel's lap a little closer. Then he moved to Ben's lap right by his Uncle Pedro.

It turned into a big jam session. He pulled out instruments for all the kids (and most adults) and the roof really rocked.

It worked. Today when we saw Uncle Pedro, Elijah said, "not bad, nice."

I'll post my favorite sea-gulls at the beach pictures tomorrow.


  1. Haha...aunt Marilyn looks very serious in that last picture. She is concentrating hard on keepin' the beat!

  2. Hi Hilary! Wish you were here. The beat can be challenging for some of us!