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, January 3, 2011

Don't Be Jealous...

I don't want to make anyone jealous of my creatively decorated hot spots, but here's one -

You like it? This little gem is in my school room. I purchased the cabinet years ago for the kids puzzles, games, math manipulatives, etc, but it's always a mess and there are always things that are too big to fit inside, which leads to the lovely display on top. It's only gotten worse since Christmas and when I walk in the room and see it, I feel as though I may lose my mind! So, this leads to one of my many mental New Years goals. ( I don't like the word resolutions, although I'm not really sure why.) One of my goals is to simplify, simplify, simplify! I am constantly picking up stuff even though I'm constantly getting rid of stuff, so I am preparing to swoop through, get rid of, and organize the rest. An added bonus is that the stuff I sell will go to my current loan pay off program, which will enable us to adopt sooner and easier.

I plan on posting before and afters as I go along; I'd also love to hear other's ideas!

I'm so overwhelmed by that cabinet that I think I'll start in the kitchen!


  1. decluttering is seriously my number one favorite task and my most hated thing to look at is clutter. It overwhelms me and melts my brain. Good luck...you'll be happy with the results I'm sure...

  2. I told the kids today that we needed to clean out every single cupboard one at a time. Lord help me. I should have started small. Please, please inspire me. :) Simplifying with this many people is daunting, so much stuff. Great resolution!

  3. if i lived closer i would take that cabinet off your hands!! :)

  4. lol! start with the kitchen. :o) when i told mt 3 year old that we were getting rid of toys so grandma could go to romania on a mission trip she was about ready to get rid of everything! may be you'll have a similar experience.

  5. You are welcome to email me, transformedfromglory2glory at gmail dot com.

    There is one baby home in the country that I highly recommend--four of our children are from there.

    Amani Baby Cottage {www.amanibabycottage.org}.

    I am fairly certain that they take in HIV positive babies/children.


  6. I have been working on the clutter bug also. Since I had 2 teens leave last year, and added 2 little one, all the work is on me. I am serioulsy downsizing the accessories--less to dust!
    Great pic-- I noticed Tori and Julia's shoes, do they match their personality?