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.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bella's First Birthday (3!) and First Snow

 Thank you, Blogger, for finally fixing the picture down load ability. Yesterday was Bella's 3rd birthday, but definately the first celebrated one. Since Tori's birthday was only three days before, she knew all too well that birthdays are worth getting excited about. So did Selah, who couldn't quite understand why Bella would get a birthday without her. Selah's English is amazing after less than three months home; several times during the day she would say, "Daddy, Selah's birthday tomorrow?" Dad would reply, "it's a little bit" and she would sigh, "Oh, Daddy...tomorrow!" In the end, she got a present too and all was well in the world until Bella opened a present from Geema and she didn't have one from Geema. She's a smart little girl.

We began birthday morning with do-nuts since Bella loves do-nuts!

Since I had to take James and Ben to Richmond in the afternoon, poor Bella had to wait all day for her "cuppy-cakes". I think the wait was a bit tough on her.

She liked everyone singing to her and knew right away that she was supposed to blow out the candles.

For a little girl that can take a full hour to eat a bowl of cereal or piece of bread, she ate TWO cup-cakes and a scoop of ice-cream in record time. She likes her sugar!

 Presents were simple. She loves puzzles and plastic jewelry!

 Today, the girls got to experience their first snow. They both loved it and had a great time.

We really need to clear a sledding path into the woods; the kids are currently flying down the hill dodging trees.

I'm thankful the snow hit today - I was in Richmond the last two days and tomorrow I'm back in Richmond for Selah's dental surgery. She is getting everything in her little mouth capped!

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