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.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snowed In

 We are snowed in again. It's much better this time since JD is snowed in with us instead of out of town. We haven't progressed much more on the basement, but the challenge seems to be what to do with the stuff - insulation that we will need for the storage room, carpet we will need when we carpet Alei's room, etc. It's a constant juggling scene.

JD did get the doors on the big closet in the back. There is only one more door that needs to be hung and then they will need door knobs. Just putting these on cleared one of the walls that I need to paint.

Last weekend JD was able to finally hang the pot rack that we bought back in November. It sat on our bedroom floor while one of the hooks was on back order for two months. Finally we tracked one down on Ebay. I like the look of the pot rack, but the main purpose was to free up more cabinet space. It's a big kitchen, but we still find ourselves having a hard time with all the supplies. Cooking for massive numbers require massive pots and pans. 

My Mom bought me the two enormous pots on the top of the rack that I love, but they previously only fit in the pantry on my wheat and rice buckets. It's so nice to not have to move them every time I need wheat, rice or anything from the lowest shelf.

While JD has been doing the tough man jobs, I am still organizing all the bookshelves. Alyssa is running an Amazon store (that we will post about soon) to fund her mission trip, so I am making donations to that as well. This is my pile that moved from upstairs to downstairs and is awaiting shelf room.

 In the midst of all the house projects, there is always hair. I have braided three of the four girls this week; Bella is scheduled for tomorrow morning. Elijah got his desperately needed haircut and Ben is hoping for his turn in the next few days.

 Beyond hair and laundry, I spend a lot of time cooking. Even more so the last few weeks since JD, Alei and I are on a new diet. Actually, it's more than a diet, it's going to become more a lifestyle. It will earn it's own post one of these days, but just know that we aren't short on salad supplies around here.

I love the following two pictures. Elijah was helping Bella with her puzzle on the iPad -   

And James is reading the third book in the Eragon series with Lincoln's company. 

Depending on where you are, I hope you are staying warm.


  1. Nice and warm in Florida...perfect timing to visit my parents!

  2. I am in southern West Virginia and have been snowed in also. We had 18 inches yesterday. Take care and stay warm!

  3. We got about 4 inches on Wed night, then by Thurs afternoon it was 50 degrees. Today I had windows and doors open for a few hours.....still with a few clumps of snow in the shady spots.
    I had big pots on a Sam's shelf, just inside the laundry room, which is just off the kitchen. The realtor asked us to take the shelves down, because it made the laundry room look small, so now my big pots are in the basement! What a pain! Please pray our house sells soon.

  4. Sweet photo of Elijah and Bella! I am also impressed with the length of books that interest James. I have read those. I really enjoy good fantasy!