So, soccer season officially ends tomorrow and swim team starts today. Although it was pretty traumatic, we have officially moved swim teams after swimming for something like eight years for the base team. Although this new team is in a much lower division, it is much closer to our house, which also makes a big difference in my gas-guzzling van budget, and they will allow Tori and Julia to swim. There's also the big bonus of them allowing Elijah to play in the toddler pool while the big kids swim. So, the comparison of sitting in the heat with three little kids every day that are expected to watch the pool for three hours and never get wet OR all three getting to swim - the new swim team won out.
It's going to be quite interesting with Julia! I'll get a few pictures today and we'll see how it goes! She's very excited but that could change in a nano-second!
Oh, yeah, I entitled this post School and Summer because the reality at our house this year is that school is going to be in session most of the summer. I'm hoping for maybe a break in August, when we are going on vacation anyway. Somehow, I feel the most sorry for myself in the school department; I need a break too far worse than they do!
OUR PLANS MULTIPLIED
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, May 30, 2011
In less than five hours, Alei will board a plane. She is heading to Durango for the second time, but this time she is then going from Durango to Albuquerque to Dallas to New York to Brussels and finally to Uganda, in eastern Africa. Where this trip originated is the same place that sent Gabriel to Durango for the last year, it's all from a blog.
We got to know Linny, the blog writer, and her husband who happens to be the senior pastor. I'm very excited for Alei to get to minister along side them in Africa. I will also be linking to her blog anytime there's an update about the team in Uganda.
Friday, May 27, 2011
We enjoyed the sights of Durango. The mountains and running water are absolutely beautiful.
We walked along the river walk and enjoyed the rushing water. Elijah really enjoyed "skipping" rocks.
There are roaming mule deer that are much larger and much tamer than the deer we have in Virginia.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
The kids and I ordered one of those caterpillar to butterfly kits. About three days ago, the butterflies actually emerged from their cocoons and we have been waiting for the heavy rains to cease to release the butterflies. First thing this morning, before the girls even got dressed, we headed out with our three butterflies.