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, June 14, 2011

Update #8

I finally received my Alei Update - I'll share with you -


So, I typed up a looong message last night, and then the Internet stopped working and it wouldn't send and then I accidentally deleted it. I was so disappointed because it took me a long time.

Yesterday we did more shopping, I get made fun of by everyone for how much stuff I buy. I guess it's kind of ridiculous, but I loove the stuff here. Haha. I did fit it all in my two suitcases, so that's good.

Last night we spent a long time at Sanyu. Daniella held down 4 feedings while we were there, we just feed her tiny amounts every 15 minutes. The intern hasn't started there yet, so she really relies on us to be fed every day. The mamas just feed it all to her quickly and she pukes it all up a minute later. Dwight gets really upset because he's slipped many of the mamas money to feed her the way he explains it, and they don't do it. They also just pick her up by one arm, and her head just flips back. It scares the heck out of me, and makes me cry. She has so much water in her brain, so she can't support her head at all. And she's so tiny I'm worried about them snapping her bones, or even paralyzing her if they injure her neck. She's so precious, and I hate the way she's treated.

I hold her and rub her head, and it makes her eyes roll back in her head. She also makes eye contact with me sometimes now. I just hold her and sing to her; she's so desperate for attention and love.

Today we didn't get to visit Sanyu at all. We left at 7:30 before the babies are up, and got back at 9, after they're asleep.

We spent half the day at Redeemer House, an orphanage in Jinja. I'm sitting at the reception area at the guest house, and Ronald, the guy behind the counter, tried to convince me that it was spelled Jinjja, but I googled it and he was tricking me.

Anyway, we spent a long time there playing with the kids! It was awesome, there were 22 kids there and we ate with them and played games and painted their nails. We had a lot of fun, and you could tell it made them so happy.

After we left there we went to the Nile river! That was so beautiful, it would've been so cool to wade in it, but the current was way too strong. To make it just even better, Jesse proposed to Courtney there! they're two of my teammates, and it was so cute.

I got to head up to my room now, but I'll try to write tomorrow. Night, Alei


  1. One of your commentors said something about "this little girl having a purpose and a plan", meaning Daniella. I agree. This little darling girlie has wrapped herself around my heart, and I am sure around the hearts of many people by reading the accounts of Alei and her friends.

    Jesus, Take Daniella and let her be a testimony of Your healing power and grace, hope and love to those around her. May her life, and what YOU ARE GOING TO and ARE DOING IN HER, just help these mamas and workers see the value of EVERY single life, even the sick and needy. Lord, heal this baby girl. Completely!... and USE HER mightily for Your kingdom. May she grow up with immense passion in her heart for YOUR Word, Your way, Your will. Use her testimony to save people, to help them see YOU and know You. Thank You, Jesus, that none of us go unnoticed. Thank You, that You are our Defender, Advocate, Healer, Doctor, Friend, Help, Our Loving and faithful Abba Father. Help this baby girl to see You as you fill the voids and missings in her heart and life. Touch each of these young people who are watching her. Touch them to also be passionate for You, to change the world around them for Your names sake, with Love, And Joy, And a servant's heart. We love You, Jesus. Thank You for loving us!! Amen.

  2. Oh thank goodness she's ok. I was praying for her today because I was nervous right along with you. So glad to hear she's ok. And wow....what a wonderful job she's doing serving God! I know He is pleased!