|Alyssa with a little girl we took as an adoptive placement and lost|
|Moriah with her baby brother|
We did A LOT in those few years, both with our family and building a home. Beyond going from five to nine children in those 3.5 years, we added several animals and even fostered some momma kitties.
|A foster momma cat - we are left with only our annoying cat, Lucy, from her litter|
JD put in the "goat fence" on the stall side of the barn; it was only last year that we added the pasture fence onto it.
We set up our pool that we had from the last house; which is now unfortunately in my current front yard.
We built a patio between the house and the pool to combat the dirt and mud.
Growing grass in all the area that we laid Geothermal lines has been practically impossible, due to the fact that they stripped the topsoil when they dug. We smartened up when we built our current house and removed the topsoil, set it aside and replaced it.
Here's a picture of little Tori when she first came home from Liberia in August of 2006; she joined her siblings playing in the dirt.
We added Terri, the Nubian milk goat, for Tori. I milked her twice a day and it supplied Tori, and then Julia, with goat milk since it's common for little Liberians to be lactate intolerant.
|Moriah and the goat parade|
|We became know for our large bonfires all four seasons|
JD drew the plans and laid out the current location. I have to brag that he is really, really good at thinking out future plans. I didn't question much externally, but it was only about two years ago that I walked back into our future cow pasture and understand what he meant when he said the house would be on the hill. We are truly at the peak of a hill with just enough on most sides to have a nice view. It was practically impossible to see with all the trees down.
So, with three new adoptees and a new baby on the way, we broke ground.
I'll wrap up with the "new" house tomorrow -