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, July 27, 2013

Double Birthday

July 27th is always a big deal at our house since it's both Julia and Elijah's birthday. I want to post the picture of Julia holding Elijah just hours after he was born on her second birthday, but my main computer died and JD is working on it. With all that's been going on, I took a break from hair (and JD from fixing the computer) and we took the kids to the movies to see Monsters University. It is way, way less expensive at the base theater, but still a rare treat to go to the movies. It was Selah and Bella's first trip, and as we were waiting in line, Selah said, "what is this place?" Bella slept through it, but everyone else enjoyed it. We are planning on going to see Despicable Me 2 in a few weeks, but I warned everyone today that we will not be repeating the whole popcorn and soda scenario of today. We could have had pizza for dinner instead of the popcorn - what a rip-off.

Heading out to the movies - the other kids went too, these were just the batch ready when I whipped out the camera and included the birthday duo.

We were ready to go with presents when we got home from the movies. Elijah dove right in.

Julia was a bit more refined - 

We had a dinner of pigs-in-the-blankets, curly fries and watermelon before we dove on the cup-cakes. I made Julia pretty girl ones and Elijah chocolate. He decided that he wanted them to be dirt cup-cakes at the last minute, so we stopped to get oreos and gummy worms to top the cup-cakes. The store didn't have gummy worms, so we made a dirt mountain and had gummy bears, which made the little Buddy happy.

Hard to believe that my baby boy is five! He woke up (in my bed) this morning, jumped up and looked down at this legs. He them said to himself, "huh, I thought I'd look bigger since I'm five. Then he laid back down.

Julia still loves all things girlie; I love that about her. Bella agrees, eveyday I get her dressed, she says, "hey, Mom, how about a skirt?"

They were enjoying the singing moment.

They laughed when half us sang Julia then Elijah in the song while others sang Elijah and Julia. 

Right on cue, the birthday candles were blown and the cupcakes inhaled. 


We are going to have more more birthday celebration with Aunt Deb, Alyssa and another family that shares a birthday in over a week when Alyssa is home! No one minds one more round of cake!


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