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, January 27, 2011

1/2 Birthday

Today is the day that Julia is officially 4 1/2 and Elijah is 2 1/2; we aren't doing anything remarkable for the occasion as I find it challenging enough to cover actual birthdays. We were blessed with some celebratory snow, however, and we called a snow day. One of the big bummers of homeschooling is that we don't take actual snow days off from school; we just play in the snow as long as we want, drink hot chocolate and then get to work. Snowy days are sometimes my most productive days since other events are usually cancelled.

This is the first time Elijah wanted to go out and play in the snow. He stayed out for over an hour and I used that time to tape my bathroom in anticipation of painting it on Saturday.

Later in the day Elijah was fortunate enough to go out again with Daddy on the tractor to move a tree that fell across the drive-way. A tractor ride ranks right at the top of Elijah's favorite thing to do, so it was perfect event for a 1/2 birthday!

As mentioned, we started school after lunch. Tori's new Math U See came in the mail yesterday, so we got to start on it. I was doing Saxon 1st grade with her, but she wasn't following numbers over 10 too well, so we backed up to work through Math U See's Primer book. At this point, I really love Math U See; it definately was the first thing that really worked for Ben. I have spent a small fortune on this curriculum the last two years, but we have to learn math one way or another. Thankfully most of it is non-consumable and can be used for multiple children and multiple children I do have!


  1. I tried starting my 6 year old in first grade at the beginning of the year. Which she only turned 6 in December. It didn't work out, she was having a hard time with it. So, I moved her back to K.
    Same thing happened. Children, are so wonderful!
    We can thank God for them!:)

  2. That's such a cute picture of your little Elijah!
    You're family is so beautiful:)