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.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Swim Finals and Wild Animals

 I've lost track, but I think yesterday was the conclusion of our 10th year in swim team. I didn't intend to just feature Tori in this post, but for some reason between JD and I each just taking a few pictures, that is mainly what we have. This picture shows the crowded condition of the gym where we wait between events. It sure beats a few years ago when our waiting was all outside in the heat!

Tori swam the graduated relay, which has always been my favorite event. It is the fastest swimmer in each age range in a five-legged relay from youngest to oldest. Moriah always swam it when she was Tori's age also.

Tori waiting to take the stand -

Tori swam the first leg of the race. She came in second, but was third most of the way down the pool and overtook the second place person the last bit of the race. Her team finished second also.

Tori wasn't the only child that impressed us yesterday. Julia and Ben both took first in races. Finals is much more challenging than a normal meet because you are swimming against six teams instead of one.

I came home totally exhausted but needed to book plane tickets for Ethiopia, since the prices had risen during the day. I also needed to update Alei's transcripts for Liberty University online. While I planned on getting right to work, I was distracted with this -

Since our dumb pomeranian, Kylie, was sitting by the window well, we assume she chased him down there. We gave him a board to climb out, but he chose to play dead for several hours before he worked up the courage to climb out. We encouraged him by keeping all the dogs in the house. 

Never a dull moment around here; it was only a few months ago that I told someone that I had never seen an opossum around our house.

1 comment:

  1. WOW you've been busy. Kristen swam year-round. We lived near Auburn, and a lot of the meets were there---really nice facility.
    I like to dream of farm life, but the reality of all the critters has me wondering if I could handle it. I'll never forget your chicken lice!