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, August 18, 2010

Sick Count Rising

So, we had such a good run going - no one had really been sick since last fall. That ended yesterday when I took Tori and Elijah to the Doctor. Tori had been running a fever off and on for three days and Elijah for one. So, Tori has a sinus infection and pneumonia, while Elijah tested positive for strep. Julia woke up with a fever today, so she has an appointment tomorrow morning. Since it's been soccer camp this week, JD has gone in to work early and come home early to take care of the cute little sickies while I make the trip "to town" every afternoon.
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Speaking of soccer camp - it's sponsored by a local church and run by a Brazilian soccer team. The amazing thing I found out today is that they come every summer as a mission trip. You got it, Brazil is sending short term missionaries (who play soccer, do worship and talk through translators) to America. What does that say about the current state of our nation? As a whole, we have declined to the point other countries are concerned about us!
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I haven't taken my camera to soccer yet, so instead you get a view of the barn complete with nice green grass, thanks to all the rain we've had lately. As a bonus, it's mowed, thanks to Elijah's new love - the little, orange tractor.


  1. Praying for healing! That is one thing I hate about seeing summer come to an end-we are well during the summer and then it ends when fall comes and we start being inside around sick kiddos that are more than happy to share their germs! lol
    I caught a summer cold somewhere the last few days and I am dragging today and praying that my 4 kidddos don't get it-my boys start school next week and I am starting homeschooling with our oldest daughter and the baby will be home with us so I want us to all be well.
    Praying that you all feel well soon and that no one else catches anything.

  2. Hey Jen... Not surprised about your Brazilian missionaries. We have an Anglican church here in Norfolk that was started by Rwandans, some who witnessed, lived through and/or were there in the aftermath of the Genocide. It's a couple of years old now. At first, I was kind of smug about it, like, what? we need help in America with our Christianity? Well, we must and I thank God that there are Saints on the outside of our country looking in who can see where we stumble and need the loving hand of God to help us back up. It's very humbling, but also very refreshing.