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.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Day One High-light - Jelly Fish

Day one of our trip went very smoothly. We hit the road only slightly late, stopped at Target for three boy dinner outfits, had no significant traffic all the way through NJ, checked into our house, ironed clothes and made it to the rehearsal dinner by 5:00.

The dinner was a 10 course sea-food event at the brides family's restaurant, Noodle Chu. It was a dream come true for the sea lovers of the family and a eye-opening experience for some of us that haven't experienced a wide variety of sea food. In fact, I assumed the first course was noodles. I ate one bite and it was tasty, then I heard JD saying, "don't tell them, don't tell them." Upon further inquiry, I found out that the noodles were actually jelly fish. At that point, psychologically, I could not continue. 

I didn't think to whip our my camera until course six or seven when this fish (on the right) came out. Elijah was pretty excited to eat fish, which is funny because he isn't normally the adventurous type; he ate several bites before he announced that he doesn't really like fish.

Another adventure was that several of the children mastered chop-sticks; not Elijah, but a few of the older ones.

I'm quite sure Ben ate his weight in seafood. He ate several servings of several of the courses. There were times it wasn't even enjoyable to watch, like when he dug the meat of the lobster out from around the brain. I don't think there was anything he didn't love until raw oysters at the wedding reception. He tried one and gave the other two to Grandma!

I'm going to work on wedding pictures and download a picture of Elijah being the "ring bear." To give you a hint, our joke is, "would the real ring bear please walk forward."

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