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, June 19, 2012

Spring and Summer Collide

 There have been some major happenings around here the last week, but I've been too busy dealing with the collision of spring and summer that I haven't had blog time. My spring and summer are colliding because we are still doing the spring school routine (since we aren't done) and yet we are also in full summer mode, which is swim team and gardening.

JD opened our little pool over the weekend. We have had that pool for almost ten years and the kids just don't fit in it like they did when we initially bought it with only four. We are having the debate of whether we hang on for four or five more years and hope to put in an inground pool or whether we just buy the largest above-ground they sell and put it in the backyard next year or the year after. I am voting for the latter, because too many of the kids will be too grown in five years, but "the other side" isn't letting go of the dream pool yet. 

In the mean-time, I am putting our old hot tub on Craigslist and we had to pump the tad-poles out of it. So, once again, we have two little blue pools filled with tad-poles on the edge of the woods. 

Magnum if getting so big; he's such a good dog. 

We have also had some really great fund-raisers. We brought back hand-made paper-bead necklaces to sell and they are selling really well. It's a win all the way around because it provided work for those making them in Ethiopia, it's raising money for our next trip and people are getting a chance to buy cool jewelry. I am willing to mail them if anyone wants one - (they are $15 and $3 for shipping).

A friend held a fund-raiser for us at a place called Fun Land. Most of my kids had never been, so we all went. They all had a blast and played until 11:30 p.m. I think JD had just as much fun on the go-carts as the kids. Here he is racing his friends. He wanted me to tell you that he not only is in the lead in this picture, but he kept them behind him the whole way and won. Yea JD!

I am really hoping to wrap school up in the next week or two and be able to spend some time getting things done in the house that I want completed before we bring the girls home.

I was told that Bella's court date is scheduled for this week, so any day now, I will be able to show pictures of the girls. Selah's smudged document is being re-submitted the day that they attend court for Bella.


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