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, April 26, 2012

Smaller News

 While I intended on posting my children's big news today, I can't, because I can not find the cord to JD's camera to down-load the pictures of Gabriel at his event and I am waiting for a friend to email me pictures about Alyssa's accomplishment; so I bring you small, less important, but fun-never-the-less news. 

The first is that Elijah has been busy building houses and roads out of scrap-wood all over the deck - 

He is able to do so only because the deck stairs have been framed and are now being built. There are no railings yet, so Elijah knows he can only go as far as he is in this picture. 

The second exciting news is I posted our family on the new van.  A few people (like older children) thought that it might be slightly embarrassing, but I obviously disagree. I think it adds some character to an otherwise very boring "church" van. 

Check out these stickers. This one says, "Adoption is about Love - Does your family tree have room for one more?"

 This one was made for us - "Family - many colors, lots of love"

And lastly, I put JD and I and the 11 children and the 4 dogs across the back. We decided to omit the cats, since we didn't want to appear CRAZY

Don't worry about the fact I'm posting the license plate - it's on it's way out since we thought of a great personalized plate. We had blessedw8 before Elijah and we've had JDJen9 since then, so I wanted to go with no names and no numbers and JD thought of a great one. 


  1. while i love that you found a way to personalize your van, that is hilarious....how the stickers of your family members dont even fit in the one window! but hilarious in a good way! love it!

  2. I loveeee the family sticker! :)
    Have you seen Lori's blog? They cleared embassy! She & the kids are leaving in the morning to travel to Ethiopia! She'll be there for about a month with her 4 plus her new 3. Her hubby will join her part-way through the trip. SO excited for them!!

  3. Love it, the tree one is pretty too!
    I had one made that is oval, and says "blessed with" at around the top, has a big 8 in the center, and says "so far" around the bottom.
    The people are so cute, but my DH wouldn't go for it=(