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, June 19, 2013


Just as I predicted, once I got Alyssa ready for Africa, the wedding would take my "extra" time. Things are moving along nicely, considering we only had a few months for wedding planning. I am hoping to find a dress for myself this weekend, as well as Selah and Bella's flower girl dresses and Elijah's ring-bearer suit. That will be another major accomplishment off the list!

In between wedding planning and swim team, we hang out with the goats in the field and the plants in the garden -
Hans and Elijah engrossed in conversation.

We had Kenny return to put wire under the fence corners to help keep the goats in and Alayna's dog out. The kids were happy to hang out with him for a few hours.

We were recently blessed with seven chickens from a family at church; so far, they aren't laying, but I hope they will after the shock of their move subsides. We have not had one available Saturday morning to head over to the Amish for baby chicks all spring. I think we can pull it off this week! I desperately need wheat from the Amish grocery as well, so it will be a full morning hitting the "flee market" and grocery store.

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