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 22, 2012

The Week Before

 My list for this week, before we leave for Ethiopia, is long and filled with all the things that I want done but don't need in the last minute category. Fortunately, my parents are coming to stay for the week while we are gone, enabling Aunt Deb to go to work during the day. Unfortunately, next week we begin swim team practices as well as I will need to pack for travel along with my normal demanding life. This week I am attempting to accomplish a major task a day - today after school is carpet cleaning and corn planting! 

I have been anxious for a summer school break, but the reality of me traveling now and again in the fall is that we are going to have to accomplish several weeks of school this summer. As for now, I'm pushing them to finish this year's books. Some subjects will start wrapping up this week; others have several weeks to go. 

Julia is doing very, very well at school. I am almost surprised at what a positive difference it makes for her. As long as she gets to bed on time, so she doesn't get too tired, she is having very few "melt-downs." I wish I had sent her at the beginning of the year! Here's the mob of Kindergartners  singing cute songs for the moms.

We attended Alyssa's end of the year violin recital - she has gotten remarkably good in two years of lessons. 

James, Ben and Tori had the last basketball camp last Saturday and Moriah is down to about three soccer games - all in time for swimming to start.

Aunt Deb decided that we don't have enough fun and injuries  around here so she bought supplies to help the kids build a bike ramp. Dad got in on the action and now I have even smaller chance of ever growing any decent grass in the backyard. 

Lastly of importance, Tori helped Elijah acquire the mustache he has always wanted. He told us that he was never taking it off, but it really restricted his dinner, so it came off after a few hours. 

1 comment:

  1. So excited you are *almost* ready to go to Ethiopia...praying you there and back...xo