OUR PLANS MULTIPLIED
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, June 21, 2013
We have a special bond with the families that we were in Liberia with in 2006 and 2007; it's funny how really short the time was with them, how many years ago it was and how far away they live, YET it's just like family when we meet again. Something about Liberia....
We had our annual Liberian reunion yesterday - we hope to be able to plan ahead better next year and have more friends there.
Here are Julia and her friend, Gabriel, back in 2007 in Liberia, when they were both about one year old.
Here they were yesterday at the age of seven - Gabriel didn't even try to put his hand is Julia's mouth this year!
This is Julia with her biological cousin, Benetta. The day in Liberia that we met all the families was very overwhelming and neither of our families got exactly what parents were siblings, but we are just sticking with the fact that we were told they were cousins. This is the first time they have seen each other, since babies, and they had a great time together.
It's really cool to hang out with families that are "made in America with Liberian parts" just like ours.
We don't currently have families that we see on a regular basis with little Ethiopians; I'm going to have to work on that!
When it's my turn to host, it will have to be an African reunion, not just Liberian or Ethiopian!