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, March 30, 2012


 Since I had to cancel the girls and my planned trip to Ikea last week, last night we took the seats out of the van and headed north. Our primary goals were furniture for Alyssa, who sold her antique furniture because she likes the modern look, and a wardrobe for Alei, who just has too many clothes! First thing, we headed to scratch and dent and there were two dressers that we all loved marked half price just because they were displays. We bought them, loaded them in the van and then headed back in. Alyssa was able to also get the vanity that matched the dresser marked down, then she chose a darker night-stand and bookcase. Moriah (who wasn't due anything this trip) lucked out and scored the second half-price dresser. Alei chose a white wardrobe to compliment her current black furniture. 

What surprised me was the girls getting to work this morning building their furniture! Now, I could handle the bookcase, but I wouldn't have attempted the vanity or wardrobe with all the drawer runners. They both did great. It took Alyssa most of the day, but she built all three pieces on her own. 

Alei was smart enough to recruit James for her wardrobe. James is quite gifted in the building department and we all rely on him more and more. It's funny how the human brain is wired because he has always been very interested in building things and now is proving to have absorbed a lot from all those hours he watched JD when he was smaller.

I also spent some time today rearranging some of the other furniture in an effort to make things more organized. Since Alyssa bought a new bookcase, she gave her old one to Alei, who gave her old one to the little girl's room, so I could take their old one and use it in the playroom; it all resulted in a much more organized playroom. Tomorrow, I am planning on moving on to the school room.

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