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.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Manure and Washers

 This is our weekend that was slotted for manure, lime and grass seed to go down in the new field we just fenced. JD finished up hauling in six double-loads of aged horse manure this morning. The piles looked so big in the trailer and so small on the ground.

Pile number two and three - Now if you don't know anything about aged manure, it looks and smells just like dirt; you would have no idea that any poop was involved. Isn't God brilliant turning animal poop into a commodity that you can actually sell?

You know your ground covering is ugly when it's appearance is actually improved by just spreading manure. I am so praying that we grow actual grass! JD is spreading the good dirt from the fire and the manure. Then he is tilling the entire area tomorrow. I then will take over with the lime and grass-seeding since he heads out on travel.

 This was my view from the deck - you would have thought that some fairies landed in the backyard. I love it when they play sweet little games...even when they involve large amounts of fruit from the kitchen. (You can tell that fruit is the only thing they are allowed to get and eat without asking!)

My washer story is that we have two sets of washers and dryers. The first washer actually went out right before our second trip to Ethiopia. It has been a pain living with one, but we have been busy enough that we haven't prioritized fixing it. JD actually ordered the part that he thought it needed and put in in the other day and it still doesn't work. At that point, he decided it is too old to put more money into and we are going to need to replace it. It isn't as easy as it sounds though, because it's a stacking unit and we only want to replace the washer, so it has to fit.

So, yesterday my second washer went out. That wouldn't be so bad except that it's going to take days to get parts and JD leaves for travel on Monday. It also wouldn't be so bad if I had just sort of caught up on the laundry, but it was at a pretty bad level when this happened - like I was washing because I had no pants and Elijah had no underwear.

I actually went online and looked where the nearest laundrymat is - 30 miles away! Tomorrow after church, we are going hunting for a replacement that will stack on the current dryer. And I'm going to ensure we order the part for the second one. The washing machine and dish-washers are not things I take for granted!!

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