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.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Keeping On With the Organizing

I've still been working on a few areas in the upstairs that need attention before adjusting my time to the basement where JD is installing ceiling. On one of our trips to Ikea, we found this little table that slides to double the size easily; it was exactly what I wanted in the school room. I didn't buy it, but came home and looked on Craigs-list to find the exact same table! I thought the price was a little high, but she came down a bit and JD and Alei went to pick it up. The huge blessing came when the lady offered JD a sofa, love-seat and two ottomans that are wood framed and micro-fiber (and look brand new) for a total of $50! We had to make another trip, but now we have furniture awaiting the completion of the right side of our family room. What a blessing!

Over the weekend, I painted the master bath-room. My heart sure wasn't in it, but I wanted to hang the Ikea shelf we bought and it needed painting so badly first. This has been the end of the bath-tub ledge for the 2 1/2 years we have lived in the house - it's all the girls hair stuff! It was stored in a combination of plastic, basket and tangerine crate.

Here's the hair stuff now. I wish I had bought a third basket, but guessed that only two would fit when I found them on the way home from Johns Hopkins the other day. I just painted the bathroom the same tanish-green that the majority of the upstairs is painted, since it matched the curtains and carpets so well AND I had two gallons left over.

On bigger notes than paint and baskets, we held an information and question and answer session at church last night for anyone interested in orphan care, fostering or adoption. It was really encouraging to see people that are willing to step into the role of being the hands and feet of God to the least of these that the Bible refers to!


  1. As you know I thought the info session was awesome! Again, thanks for sharing your story.

  2. It's just beautiful! What a nice room:) Wish we had space like that!:]