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, October 7, 2010

We Are Not Doing This Again Tomorrow!

Alei has had a rough month! After getting cortisone shots in her back a few weeks ago, (they are working, praise the Lord!) she had to get her wisdom teeth out this morning. We decided that I would take her, and JD could go into the office for a few hours and then come home and work a few more hours while the kids debated politics, read literature and played classical music on their instruments. Just kidding! We were hoping the that boys could at least pull off their phonics and math while JD worked on his computer while supervising the little guys playing.

Alei's surgery went well, but she was pretty drugged and difficult to get to the car. I zipped right across the street to the CVS that I always use and waited and waited in line only to be told the computers were down and it would be at least an hours wait. I was a bit nervous leaving half-conscience Alei in the car. What if she came to and wandered into the road or something? So, I headed to Pharmacy #2, but no, they didn't have a tech working that day, so their wait would be at least an hour. So, we headed home to the horrible local pharmacy that I publicly complained about and they filled the prescriptions in 20 minutes. By this point, it had been three hours since Alei had been out of surgery and it was hurting pretty badly. Wouldn't it make more sense if they had given us these prescriptions before the surgery?

So, Alei is doing pretty well, considering. From the scene I walked into at 2:45, I could tell that my plan of telling Moriah and Alyssa to clean their rooms and bathrooms after school work wasn't the best idea, since JD had "real" work to accomplish while I was away! Elijah was still in his jammies and there was still breakfast cereals on the table. When I inquired about lunch, no on had any. There were two full dishwashers that needed to be unloaded and a sink waiting for one. There was a fine layer of stickiness of the table, I can't imagine from what.

I flew around all afternoon, just trying to recover the house that I had that morning. I still had to make a chicken food pick up, take the boys to soccer practice and shop for people food for a party and the weekend.

Now it's late and I have a busy day planned tomorrow, but I don't think I have to leave the house. I'm having a Pampered Chef Party here tomorrow night - won't that be fun? Friends, kitchen tools and good food; it sure beats the gauze and pills of today! Any readers that live near, you are invited.


  1. "...the kids debated politics, read literature and played classical music on their instruments. Just kidding!" I love this! Thanks for being honest and transparent. As I find myself running amuck with my crew which includes a set of five year old Liberian (extremely loud and busy) treasures, I delight in knowing that real life is happening at your house too. Thank you for sharing. ~Tamy

  2. Okay, you so totally got me on the "kids debated politics, read literature and played classical music on their instruments"...I was like, "wow, I am so not in your league." Thank you for the reality...I was chuckling as I read what you REALLY came home to...sounds so much like my house many of the times I've come home...and I end up having to pray for grace cause it "ain't happening naturally" =)

    And as for the pampered chef party? Am I invited too?

    Speaking of inviting....we've invited Gabe over for a birthday party for one of the young guys who needs some extra lovin' {mom is dying and dad just moved back to area to care for son} and so we'll see if he comes...

    He says me posting a picture of him at the River Run got him in trouble...ooopsie. I had no idea! He's a really sweet guy - and so now we all know he's gotta wear the brace...haha.

  3. Hope she is feeling better soon.