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.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Another Julia Revelation and My Favorite Verse

Right now, I do Tori's hair one week, Julia's the next and have the third week off. I have been contemplating my schedule when I have four girls' hair to keep up with. I had a revelation the other day about Julia, much as my school one a few weeks back which resulted in her attending the rest of this year at "real" school. Why, oh why, would I continue to torture her and I with these hair sessions?

 As some back-ground, I pay Ben to take Tori's hair out (while they watch a movie), then I spend two to 2 1/2 hours putting it back in while she plays with her Game Boy thingy. When it comes to Julia's, I have to take it out myself, averaging about two hours (and her crying much of it). The next day, I put it back in for about three to four hours (with her again crying much of it). She is miserable and I'm grouchy and it's overall quite the negative experience for both of us. 

I considered putting little locs in her hair about two years ago and was really swayed not to for some legitimate reasons, but none of those reasons can stand up to the reality of how difficult it is to do her hair. (For the record, she has a ton of thick, gorgeous curls, but they knot so quickly and so badly that we can not leave it undone)! So, I've made the decision to start putting in locs the minute that school ends for the year. I guess it's going to be a really long few days while we get them in (any volunteer helpers?), but it sure will help with the next several years! 

For those who don't have a clue what I'm talking about, there's a adoptive Momma on YouTube under the name Katelynlyn that taught me how to corn-row. Now I'll be following her "locing" series. So, soon enough, Julia and I can do something a bit more fun on Saturdays!

On a different note, I have wanted this verse up since I painted the walls about two years ago. I put it over the front door. Something about adopting makes me start getting some things done that have been lingering on my mental list. 


  1. I just put braidlocs in my daughters hair. I just finished them last week. I thought about it for about a year. My daughter's hair sounds very similar to Julia's. Our hair ordeal also sounds very familiar with her crying and spending hours on her hair. I am so, so happy with our decision and so is she. The locs look so beautiful and she loves them!!!!

  2. I followed you on the hair info except for the little locs, I have no idea what they are.
    I love that verse too! I was thinking of putting it in the kitchen, where I currently have another verse.
    A couple of years ago, I bought a large canvas and painted it the wall color, then added a verse and some swirly paisly looking things. I thought this would be a good way to change up the verse from time to time, without repainting each time.....just didn't plan on it being 2 years before I changed it.

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