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, April 4, 2011

Sunday and Trees

Whant (Aunt) Deb is Elijah's star of the hour right now. He was so impressed when she slid in the seat by us at church Sunday and even more excited when she came over for Sunday afternoon. This picture captures his slight smile when he's just deep down happy.

Things got even better when Elijah woke up from his nap to find out that his Dad had arrived home from his weekend away and we were all out planting the fruit trees that have been patiently sitting in the drive-way. It was a lot of work planting because we dug the holes very large. The dirt pile on the right is the clay infested, inferior soil that we are blessed with in abundance. The pile on the left is dirt mingled with ash from our burn pile that we used to enhance the area around the tree. (Please no one write me and tell me that ash is bad for fruit trees - it's too late and I think I read it in a book :) I love how enthusiastic the little kids are for group projects outside. I need to buy more shovels for times like this since Tori went off pouting the times she had to give hers to someone else to use.

Elijah got right in the action. He didn't want to give up his chips, so he held them in his mouth while he dug.

We planted four apple, two peach and two pecan trees. I think I'm going to go buy two pear for the last two pre-dug holes. Then I'm going to move on to a berry patch.


  1. How fun! Can't wait till we get a place in the country...you're living my dream:)

    Are you feeling better???


  2. Ha, ha! I love your disclaimer about the ash! I tend to get so perfectionist about gardening and end up doing nothing. Then I shake off the binds of perfectionism, throw some seed in the ground and delight in the magic if anything pops up...and then the deer eat it.