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.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Long Term Change

 This is day six of our 15 day juice program; today we are adding back in nuts and beans. It hasn't been too tough since we have eaten all the fruits and vegetables that we have wanted. I can't even begin to guess how many servings I've eaten a day. While we were intending to continue juicing all three meals, we are cutting back to once a day and just eating the other two meals of fruit and vegetables due to the cost and waste. (I wish Vitamix shipped their products faster, but they told me it wouldn't be here for several more days.)

I made a soup last night with the tomato base I canned back in the summer - we added onions, carrots, celery, cabbage, broccoli and red pepper. It was delicious and we all agreed that we would have enjoyed it even before juicing. 

I broke down and made the kids bread yesterday; the smell of it cooking is a bit tempting. I also made Moriah a gluten-free flat bread that she actually liked. We haven't found many gluten free bread products that actually taste good. 

My kids eat too much junk food, as evidenced by Tori's do-nut and hot chocolate. They are going to be blessed with a green (veggie) smoothie a day in the very near future. As others know, it's very expensive to feed a large family healthy.

This past week has really made us reflect on what changes we need to make for our family long term; we are going to push to try and make the majority of our diet plant based, rather than animal based. 


  1. You can save the waste and use it to make crackers in the dehydrator!

  2. Wow - crackers? I have never heard that one. I thought of putting it in chili and lasagna, etc.

  3. Just in case you are still looking for gluten free recipes...I stumbled across this site. She wrote, "Since my kitchen is a no gluten zone,"...caught my attention and thought I would pass it along to you. www.tandriantastytidbits.blogspot.com Enjoy!

    I do have a quick hair question...do you cover the younger girl's hair at night? Just wondering...looking for ways to keep my girl's hair braided longer. :)

    Many Blessings, Tamy... whose family LOVED your family's New Year's photo and letter..Thank You!

  4. Tamy,
    So good to hear from you! We do cover the girl's hair at night. I use virgin olive oil and smear it on the parts with a cotton ball, then put sleep caps on. You can buy them at almost any hair place. It helps them not get as fuzzy; we go 3 weeks between corn-rows! (It may look bad the 3rd, but I like to stretch it.)
    Thanks for the site; I'm going to check it out.