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.

Friday, July 30, 2010

A Trip to See Big Rat

Instead of having a birthday party, we took Julia and Elijah to Chuck E. Cheese. We actually ate dinner at CiCi's pizza buffet, then headed to Chuck E. to play games and ride thrilling rides (like Barney below.) All the kids had a blast, as usual. I think Julia finished off her tokens first as she ran wildly from ride to ride. (Can you tell from the enormous band-aid that she got a shot earlier in the day?) That's a story of it's own.
Elijah enjoyed the little playground as much as the rides.

Julia waited and waited for her turn to take a picture with Chuck E.; she and Tori have always loved dressed up characters.
Elijah, on the other hand, was quite scared of Chuck E.; he called him"the big rat." Poor little guy would alternate between telling us "I scared big rat" and yelling "bad rat" at Chuck E.

Birthday is officially over today.


  1. ok your sister is BEAUTIFUL!!! & elijah could be hers - they look so much alike.

  2. yes, she is and elijah looks way more like her than me!