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.

Friday, September 23, 2011


I have to say, I love getting a bargain. In fact, as my children have learned, I rarely buy clothes or bedding until it hits the 75% off mark. Here's the girl's bedding we scored for 75% off at Target the other day. The quilts were $16, down from $64 and the coordinating striped sheets underneath were $4.50 down from $18.  The big boys (James and Ben) got comforter sets that included sheets for only $15. 

While we are on bargains, Tori's bottom bed is "new" from our renter that moved out. She sold me the bed with a new mattress for $20. 

We very, very rarely buy new furniture; the only new things I can remember buying for children are  Gabriel and James new dressers at an unfinished furniture store about eight years ago and Alei a new dresser at Ikea's scratch and dent section. Craigslist is an awesome furniture resource!

On one last bargain.....We got Buzz Lightyear, Superman, Batman, truck and dinosaur like-new pajamas at the base thrift store for a dollar a pair. That makes for a happy mom and boy. 

 They aren't going to look almost new when he's done with them because they double as a costume in Elijah's mind. 


  1. those look very sweet on their beds. i am going to do the girls beds tomorrow with their cotton candy pink ones! it will look like their room vomited pepto bismal but they are very excited. i will post a picture. also i will post a picture when i get the clings up in Asher/Levi's room. i also got esther some elmo, cookie monster, big bird & grover wall clings. i'm hesitant to put them on considering we are going to be moving them within the next 2 months. we will see. also, elijah looks darling! such a sweet boy you got there. AND so you know i did get asher his ironman costume & a new spiderman mask from target. but i'm sure Levi will want to be spiderman at some point in life! what boy doesnt??

  2. SO cute! I saw the kids sets on sale at Target, and was bummed because they weren't what we needed or our colors. Glad you got to take advantage! Janet

  3. where do you get the fabric from? I want to have Ironman 6 Outfits and Ive been to several halloween stores and craft shops, and no one had any idea what I was looking for..