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, December 4, 2012


 We finally put up our Christmas tree last night; the rest of the decorations are still in boxes, but at least we have a decorated and lit tree. As soon as we were done, Elijah proclaimed, "well, it's still not too excited until we have our candles in the windows." After a bit of crying, I dug around until I found one candle to put in his window before bed.

I have to admit that when I looked at these pictures, my thought was, "who are all these children and why are they in my living room?" Ok, not really since each came with a great deal of sacrifice and I remember it all too well, but there really are a whole lot of them when they are gathered in one small room!

It has been amazing to see how Selah and Bella just fall in like they've always been here. After about two minutes, they were choosing ornaments and bringing them to me for hooks so they could hang them on the tree like everyone else.

Last night was a double night of firsts - other than their first Christmas tree, it was the first time that Selah and Bella opted to eat our dinner over bread with peanut butter. For what every crazy reason, they decided nacho casserole looked good and they dug right in.

So far today, we are back to bread and peanut butter.


  1. I have been reading every single post, but haven't had a chance to comment much since the girls came home.

    I just wanted to CHEER for you that they ate something new last night! :) But ya know...I think I need the nacho casserole recipe!