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.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tip of the Day

James came up with our "short cut of the morning" tip of the day......He decided to dip the chicken water buckets into the pool, instead of using the hose. Why? Well, the hose was about five steps farther than the pool. The problem with this plan is that it leaves a bit of chicken poop residue in the pool that James' Dad cleaned out yesterday in preparation for closing it for fall. The other problem is that I really am not sure that chlorine is what my entire flock of baby guineas need to remain healthy and strong. I'm very thankful that Ben took the time to come in and ask if it was appropriate before he joined James!

This is why we say, "If you've never been told an idea is OK, you need to ask before you do it!" Some day, I pray it sinks in!

I could write a series on tips, as James is very skilled at finding valuable short cuts to his everyday chores. You gotta laugh (or I might cry!)

(I have a follow-up to the story.....Apparently, chlorine doesn't kill chickens, because Tori told me that James often uses the pool instead of the hose! Good to know...)


  1. you gotta laugh! Your family, oh my, simply priceless. Just seeing your picture at the top of your header brought a smile to my day.

    Delighted to meet you today. I hope you don't mind if I splash around to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing spot to slip off my shoes and dip my toes.


  2. He sounds like my first born and husband for that matter. His motto is: Work smarter, not harder.