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.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Brthday Soccer

James got to celebrate his 10th birthday yesterday by playing soccer in the 97 degree heat - what's up with that on September 25th? Thankfully, we had some cooler weather today for his party. When we first arrived at the game, Elijah wanted to go see his "friends." Tori and Julia accompanied him to say hello to the two little boys that have become his soccer friends.

It's a good thing that James is loving soccer so much; I may have considered running for an hour in that heat as torture rather than fun! (James is in the blue.)

We are still amazed at how good James is for his first time playing. It's the only time we've ever seen him hustle or be aggressive!

One perk of having boys the same age is that they can play on the same team! It cuts back on driving to practices and sitting at as many games.
At first Elijah was yelling "go blue" from the side-lines. Once he noticed the other team was orange, he yelled, "go blue, go orange;" then he added "go Mike," (since the lady in front of us kept yelling that as well.) By the end it was, "go blue, go orange, go Mike, go Ben, go James."

Tori and Julia always want to go to the games, but they generally complain most of the time. It was legitimate yesterday, as I was pretty hot and miserable as well. As Julia whined on the soccer blanket next to me, I turned around to see Tori - at least she was suffering quietly!

I'll post more traditional birthday photos tomorrow.

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