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, February 9, 2014


 I assure you that it's not the lack of activity that has kept me from blogging this week. Sometimes I just prioritize blogging over laundry and cleaning and other times I quickly run out of blogging time. This school year has been our smoothest yet, mainly thanks to A Beka online academy that has spent hours teaching James and Ben instead of all the teaching being me. While I still help and check work, it's been a fraction of the time I have committed previous years. I am thankful that we made the transition this year as Selah and Elijah were official added to the school aged children in the home.

In order to not allow things to get too easy (ha!), we recently moved Alyssa to a different Classical Conversations program. It's the same curriculum, just a larger group "in town". They had a formal last night that I had to  got to buy her a dress for. Elijah happened to also be dressed up at picture time because we walked in the door from a wedding just in time for JD to take Alyssa to the formal.  

The formal was the first time that she left the house for in a week because she got very sick the previous Friday and was diagnosed with pneumonia. Being the tough girl that she is, she didn't complain about her fever until that Sunday morning when it was over 104! After a few days of very high fevers, we found out that pneumonia was to blame instead the assumed flu. I took this picture to show you who will gather if you dare to nap on a couch at our house.

 Alyssa and her friend (and their parents!) are cooking and running a snack/lunch bar at church every Sunday this month to raise money for their mission trips. Alyssa is again going with Global Expeditions on a six week trip this summer and again has to raise almost $6,000. She is going to spend three weeks in India and three in Nepal working with previous sex-trafficked little girls and lepers living in leper colonies. It should be an life changing trip. 

Today's menu at church was baked potatoes with chili and cheese as a topping. Here were the first round of cleaned and wrapped potatoes waiting to be cooked. It took four ovens to cook them all.

Now you can see why I'm busy - Alyssa is only one-tenth of the child population in the house and I didn't even cover her recent chiropractic and orthodontic needs. 

Busy or not, we are thankful for her and her drive to go to the mission field!

1 comment:

  1. Is she planning anything online to raise money? If she doesn't think of anything I would pay her $20 to go babysit for a foster family or adoptive family ya'll know.