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.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Waiting and Working

I got word from the adoption agency yesterday that we are going to be waiting until next week (at best) to find out the information we are so anxious to hear. It is concerning a referral, so we are obviously excited beyond words. If you know anything about Ethiopian adoption, it is very early in the process for us to even have any hope of a referral, but that it due to the special need that we are willing to take. Hopefully, we'll know some details that we can share next week. (The bad news about Ethiopia is that I'm not allowed to put any pictures of our future child online until we have been to Ethiopia for court and the child is legally ours.)

While we wait for information, I am trying to play catch up around the house and cram in as much learning as possible. 

Another thing that is requiring some time and energy is our new pup, Kylie. She is as sweet as can be and great with the kids, but she has never quit running away the second the opportunity presents itself. JD and I spent several hours Saturday trying to install an invisible fence for her, but there are too many dead spots in our yard due to the cement basement walls and the huge mounds of dirt that are in the side yard. We finally gave up and are going to have to put in an underground wire version this spring. One more thing on the spring to-do list!

The second issue with her is that she decided after being spayed that she isn't house broken anymore. We have ruled out an infection issue and the vet says it's just behavioral. She will not go in Alyssa's room but feels free to use the rest of the house. This means she is either directly being held or is in her puppy play-pen in the kitchen. It's been really frustrating and I'm not sure what else to try to break her. 

Have a blessed Wednesday. 


  1. we crate train ours its great for chewing and housebreaking issues..

  2. She is crate trained, but still likes to sneak off to go in the next room when our.

  3. Jenny, we are with AGCI and at current waiting for a healthy child, although I am feeling unsettled about that as though the Lord has something else in store...very excited for you right now; how wonderful! Are you with teh same agency?