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.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Quick Update

 I am hoping to begin telling the stories of our trip and showing the coordinating pictures tomorrow. Yesterday we spent the day at the Richmond Children's Hospital on all the things that are required for children adopted internationally. It went very well, except they had a terrible time getting enough blood out of Bella's little arms. As I suspected, they think that Selah's "doughiness" (their words) is actually a protein deficiency and they prescribed a high protein, high calorie shake. So far, Bella never wants anything to eat other than bread and bananas; I am combating that by feeding her high protein home-made bread and lathering it in peanut butter, which she thankfully eats! 

My parents flew back home yesterday morning; sweet Bella decided to sit on my Dad's lap one good session before he left. Bella has completely gotten over her Alei attachment and is content with JD and I. We are rocking the two little girls to sleep at night and they snuggle right in. 

School has been quite a challenge today. James and Ben have a hard enough time focusing without distractions; the new little girls are a bit more than they are able to ignore. Here's a picture of them watching a Bible DVD; somehow Ben scored both of them on his lap.

I hope to figure out a schedule where we all focus on pre-school for about a solid hour in the morning, then hope that they will play contentedly while the kids begin their school work. I think I'll be reserving the boy's math for nap time.