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.

Friday, February 15, 2013

After Monday

I can't believe I haven't blogged since Monday, because this week had the potential of being slower. After spending Monday in Richmond with James, I was back at the hospital with the little girls for a followup appointment on Tuesday. While I like the doctor, they are ridiculously slow....like over an hour wait for one shot. I also have to park my car by valet and it takes them forever to bring it back. After I get through the parasite, etc, issues of coming from Africa, I will be transferring Selah and Bella to a closer doctor.  

To further annoy the parking attendants, I showed up this week in my big van. They just sighed when I rolled the window down, smiled and asked, "can you park this thing?" I had to take the van so I could pick up these boxes of books from Wendy. Wendy donated them to Alyssa to sell in her Amazon book-store to help fund her trip to Zambia and South Africa. (They are currently sitting in my dining room.)

The fun part of the trip was that Wendy and I hung out at our usual Chick Fil A for a while and my girls got to play with baby Ruthie.

On Wednesday, I loaded up all the kids and did major grocery shopping at two stores. $400 later I have all the food needed for my menu plan as well as other essentials, like cereal. By the way, I only buy cereal when it's a good deal - these boxes were $1.25 after coupons. 

 Today Alei didn't have to be at work until 3:00 and we have been looking for a time to head to Ikea. JD finished the girl's downstairs bathroom and we needed some items for it. When I looked at their web-site and saw that it was a free lunch weekend, we knew it was our day. Their lunch deal is several times a year -  you buy your lunch in the cafe, then when you get to the store register, as long as your total is over $100, they deduct your entire lunch bill. Our lunch for eight today was $77 and it was all taken off our bill when we left the store. My goal was to not spend much over the $100 that was required, but my Ikea wish list was a little longer than that.

James got right to work building when we got home. Elijah was actually pretty helpful with the little table.

This little table has been on my Ikea list since before the girls came home. It is going to spend time in the school room for puzzles and the play room for the play kitchen. It's cute to see how excited they are with it.

I broke my camera trying to get the above shot. The strap got caught on my desk and it banded hard enough to break the lens glass. I guess we will have a lot more "phone" shots while it is off at the repair shop.



1 comment:

  1. The free lunch thing--what a deal!! for us big families--too bad we don't have an IKEA=(
    Only an hour wait for a shot!? Our "lucky" number over the past year has been 4, as in 4 hours!!!
    One of those 4 hour waits (wwith 6 kids) was for a 60 second check to follow-up ear tube surgery. While they were checking Avery's ears, lots of steam was coming out of mine!!