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, September 27, 2010

James' Birthday

With James turning 10, our middle crew of kids are 9, 10, 11 and 12; this phenomenon only occurs one month each year. James joined our family at the age of 2 1/2; we became foster parents in 2002 and waited a full year before we were placed with James. We patiently waited for a boy, since Gabriel had frequent bouts of pity that he had three sisters and no brothers. It's funny looking back, but Gabriel never wanted to take family pictures because he was so out-numbered by girls. I think God used his desire to have a brother to push us in the direction that He wanted us to go. The only thing we knew about James before he arrived at our house was that he was two and needed a forever family. The days between the call and his arrival were full of "I wonders," we didn't even know if he was black, white or Hispanic!

James' story is one of excelling against all odds. The one thing I will share is that he had severe lead poisoning. At one point the doctor claimed he may never be able to run or climb ladders; that certainly has not been the case!

It has been several years since James had a party with friends at his house, so it was a great time for him. James is always grateful and thankful for what he receives, which is a character trait I love.

It was cool that Costco had a soccer cake, which matched the plates, cups and napkins that I bought, but forgot to get out. That's one of the good things about boys; they can have a great time with a patch of grass, a ball and each other!

Happy double digit birthday, James. We are blessed with you in our lives.

I think it's fitting that James came with the name James -

James 1:27 - Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.