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.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

They Made It

 The beauty of cell phones is that we knew within minutes the time that Gabriel and Alei were going to arrive. Moriah took the camera out to capture those minutes.

Then for the first time in over nine months, we saw "Red" roll down the driveway. Poor Red was packed to the roof, but safely got Gabriel and Alei home from their adventures.

There was great anticipation when Alei produced presents for everyone from Uganda. While I didn't take pictures of the cool treasures she brought home, Moriah did snap this picture of her jewelry gift pile. She visited a place called Hope House where ladies that are ex-prostitutes get to live and make jewelry to support themselves and their children. Alei definitely contributed to their sales for the day she was there!

The rough part of the evening was that Julia got pretty sick. At dinner, she was shivering and not wanting to eat. By bed time, her temperature was strangely under normal, she was lethargic and her heart was racing. JD spent most of the night in the ER with her, but the only thing they found was an ear infection. The EKG was normal, (as was the one that she had when she first came home from Liberia and the Dr. heard an irregular heart-beat.)

Here's the sleeping princess with her darling Uganda doll that Alei brought her.

 When I questioned Julia today about her ears, she said, "I was going to tell you that they hurt, I just kept forgetting." Never a dull moment.


  1. She is so cute with her doll. I hope that she feels better soon.

  2. Oh my goodness, I love that she said she kept forgetting -- so funny! I really hope she's feeling better soon. And I'm so happy your big kids are back! Yay!