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, April 28, 2011
This is one of my birthday chicks from my friend, Wendy. We realize that chickens are probably an abnormal gift for the average Mom of today, but we both get pretty excited about different chicken breeds.
This picture required no explanation. For anyone that's getting grossed out, I do discourage chicken kissing.
These two trees are my little pear trees. In the end, we planted eight fruit trees and two pecan trees this spring. I need to get a truck load of mulch to put around them this weekend.
Our swimming pool is always a problem in the spring. We are never diligent about pumping out the rainwater on the cover and the tree frogs continually lay eggs in it. There have been many, many springs that we scoop tadpoles out and put them in two kiddy pools before we can open the pool.
Ben has been spending quite a bit of time with the basketball hoop. I'm not really too excited about adding winter basketball to our current spring and fall soccer schedule, but I may anyway.
Little Ms. Julia learned to ride her bike this week. We don't do training wheels since we have no pavement. The kids have all done well just learning to ride a real bike. Now she is riding on gravel, grass and the road with her brothers and sisters. I know she fell off 100 times learning, but didn't cry once.
Here's one of my birthday pots from my Mom. I got one for each side of our wide steps. Now I need to figure out what I want to plant in them.
We are expanding our raised garden beds from two to five this year. JD and the boys built one last week and there are two to go.
We are planning on adding another three next spring for a total of eight. I have planted most of the three that are completed. The last two are going to be watermelon and cantaloupe.
Elijah is getting bigger and braver; it's really amazing that he is going to be three this summer. He corrects us if we make the mistake of referring to him as a baby. Although he speaks very clearly, two words he can't say correctly are boy and girl. He says ber and ger. So we often hear, "no me is a ger, me is a big ber!"