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, December 31, 2011

New Years Eve

 We are taking everyone to a friend's house for a New Years Eve party this evening, but my plan entails getting home and putting the kids in bed by 10:00 p.m. We've crammed in all kinds of things today though before the fun. JD started his day by taking himself and three children to Urgent Care for adoption labs. We were unable to get every one's PPD tests done yesterday because they would have needed to be read on Monday, and Monday is a holiday, so we had to drag everyone in for those this morning. After that, JD ripped out the carpet in our retreat area where we had mold growing. We thought it was because the door wasn't sealed properly, but it was actually due to the deck outside being so well built that it didn't drain water. So, after the carpet came out - 

 JD got to rip up all the boards to re-lay them with spaces between them. 

I spent all afternoon yesterday cleaning out the fridges, making a shopping list, cutting coupons, dragging three little people through the Commissary, carrying in all the groceries, cleaning out the pantry and putting them all away. 

Today, while Gabriel made chicken "wings,"

I made bread and fudge for the Sunday School teachers for tomorrow - 

And caramel pop-corn and a veggie tray for the New Year party tonight - 

Lastly, I am filling two crock-pots with Pizza-in-a-Pot for a lunch tomorrow for us and Luke's family. 

The little guys were entertained by Gabriel's friend, Alayna, who built Lego's with them. 



  1. You mentioned shopping in a commisary. Are y'all a military family & I've missed that all this time? If so, can you use my expired coupons? I've been told that military families can use them in base commisaries. Or is that only overseas? Email me! Lizreeves2@aol.com

  2. would you consider posting some of the recipes of all the yummy things you made.pizza in a pot sounds like a winner.love following your blog.