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, November 27, 2012

Some Pre-Bed Pictures

 These were taken last night before bed - 

 Tuesday morning are our craziest morning of the week. Everyday, JD takes Moriah at 7:00 a.m. to school, then I head to the bus stop with Tori and Julia at 8:05; but on Tuesdays I throw in getting everyone ready to leave the house at 8:40 to take Alyssa to Classical Conversations. We all then have to leave again by 10:30 to pick up Moriah. Today I headed to the little people's room to get their clothes and came back to this. The girls always want to ride on the boy's backs and shoulders, so James and Ben were attempting to keep the girls happy while they also obeyed and started math.

By they way, the girls did great shopping since they have carts at the Commissary with double seats!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Blessed Sunday

This wood burning stove is my husband's latest claim to fame; it is ready to go other than the stone on the wall and two floors of chimney. We can begin using it before the stone is installed, and it will be none too soon, as our non-Geothermal heat is not working quite right. (I am trying to avoid fixing it so that we can focus on paying for our trip to Ethiopia.) 

My Sunday consisted of staying home with small, snotty-noses. I also tackled lots of laundry - 

 Corn-rowed two little girl's hair (check out those darling wet curls) - 

Watched children play and learn - 

And thankfully, enjoyed lots of smiling and laughing - 

Hope you had a blessed Sunday as well!



Saturday, November 24, 2012

Necklace SPECIAL

I posted several days ago about the ministry that we visited in Ethiopia that worked in orphan prevention. They ran a free day-care for moms that would otherwise likely have to place their babies in orphanages. While most of the moms worked jobs around town, these ladies had very young breast-fed infants and made paper bead necklaces right at the compound. We had already planned on purchasing many necklaces to help fund our third Ethiopian adoption for Brooke, Bella's biological sister that is 12, so we bought out their inventory. 

Each bead on each necklace is rolled by hand from old magazine pages. They are then treated and strung into beautiful necklaces.

 Here's a group shot of them working - 

Here are the necklaces that we came home with. Not all of them are made by the women in the picture above, but I do have those separated if you want one by the ladies at Embracing Hope Ethiopia.  We are going to sell them for $15 each ($3 shipping), but I am running a special through Monday that if you buy three, you can pick a fourth for free. I think $3 shipping should cover up to four necklaces. 

Just email me at jenandkids@va.metrocast.net what color family you want and I will send you my address for a check. I can also do paypal if that is easier. 

Here's a shot from the other side - 

These make a nice Christmas present that benefits a Mom in Ethiopia and our adoption. Thanks for your support!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

 HAPPY THANKSGIVING from "Indian G" and all the rest of us at Our Plans Multiplied - 

My morning started early at the 1 mile kid fun run at the 5k Turkey Trot. It was cold, but my three runners did very well and enjoyed themselves. 

 We are most thankful that Selah and Bella are here with us this year; last Thanksgiving we had just begun our Ethiopian adoption adventure. (I'm hoping that next year they will try some of the delicious food beyond bread and peanut butter, but I'm not too hopeful about that this year!)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Saturday and Sunday

 I "let" JD go out of town for a men's retreat; my job at home wasn't too tough since Aunt Deb came and helped me the whole time. Good old Aunt Deb has filled in a gap that I have ignored for years - board games! She taught the kids how to play Yahtzee and Sorry. It can be a bit challenging with little "helpers." 

I wish I had thought to have someone video the excitement when I got out Selah and Bella's new church outfits. They squealed, clapped and jumped up and down. They are always super eager to get dressed and like to admire themselves in the mirror.

Check out the girl's heights. Tori is almost 8, Julia is 6.5, Selah is supposedly 5 or 5.5 and Bella is 2.5. I'm anxious to get a bone scan done on Selah to determine her age range.

When the camera comes out, Bella starts posing. Selah didn't want to be left out, so she gave it a go also. 

You got to wonder where they learned this!

We made our first trip to a store with the girls - Costco after church. They did great, but wouldn't touch the pizza.

When the 12 of us rolled up to the food court, there was only one table. Two different people offered us parts of their tables, which was so nice. Only one little girl asked if we were just one family.

You really can't miss us rolling through the store!

The good news is that we wore them out and the ride home was quieter than usual.

While the shopping went well, I'm not taking all of them without JD for a while!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Just a Picture

                                               Just a quick picture of Selah Kalkidan - 

Friday, November 16, 2012

First Cup Cakes

Alei's friend came over today to meet Selah and Bella and to bring them "welcome to America" cup-cakes. An additional advantage is that she brought her little boys for Elijah to spend time with.

Selah and Bella both really appreciated their first cup-cake.

Selah is currently refusing to smile for the camera. She just kind of ducks her head when we pull out the camera, so I didn't stress her and just snapped these pictures quickly.

The mess was remarkable. The floor was covered as well as the back of Bella's pants.

Speaking of cameras, Bella LOVES to have her picture taken. She will pose for shot after shot.

See what I mean?

Here's one shot she didn't pose for...she had just thrown up her giardea medicine.

Check out Tori in this picture - darling, other than the half chewed food.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Another Round of Africa

 It seems I often can't show the really cool pictures from Africa, because they have other adoptive children in them or children awaiting adoption. I can't even show the good pictures of  Brooke with us YET, but I'm going to show a few from the day that we picked her up at the orphanage and brought her to the transition home. I think I mentioned that we went kayaking at a resort.

This is Alei and I in the front, JD in the middle and Alyssa and Brooke in the far canoe.

Alei and I got pretty close to several cool African birds.

 We watched the cattle come down for a drink.

Here's the pretty inside of the resteraunt - 

 And the lavish gardens - 

I am going to post this picture of Brook (hiding behind Selah) and her sweet friend looking at books with the girls. 

I'm going to have to do one (or two) more Ethiopia posts because there are just more cool stories and pictures.