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, July 14, 2016

THE Wall

JD's big house project for some time has been THE WALL. The wall is actually four walls, with the largest going from the front, along the side and wraps around the back of the house. JD ran out of bricks and had to order another 500; it is likely that he will have to place one more order. The wall is on break now so that he can get the footers in for the future deck as well as the wiring for the electricity to be run. After the breaker boxes are up, the siders can come and finish the last wall. Then the wall will get a bit higher, but lifting the 60 pound blocks is easy compared to the digging, leveling and graveling.

Here's the front (obviously) where the one wall starts. The first is way up by the actual house and the second is between the second and third garage doors.


Here's wall three and four running along the side; there had to be two because each one can only have so many feet of dirt exposed, etc, so they have to stair step.

This is the back where the side walls just kept on running.

I guess we will plant bushes along the area between the walls; it has the potential of being very pretty.

Up close picture of a wall built by a bit of a "building perfectionist". He's a pro with the level. Since the heat index is over 100 today, it's good that the major wall work is done!



  1. Hello Jenny. I am a PASTOR from Mumbai, India. I am blessed by my visit to your profile on the blogger and the blog post. You have such a wonderful family. The beautiful house in the farm is a temption to people like me to visit such farm house and the Godly family. I am blessed and feel privileged and honored to get connected with you as well as know you and your family thorugh your profile on the blogger and the blog post because of who you and your family are in the Lord Jesus Christ. I love to get connected with the people of God around the globe to be encouraged, strengthened and praying for one another. I have been in the Pastoral minsitry for last 37 yrs in this great city of Mumbai a city with a great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. we reach out to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the brokenhearted. We also encourage young and the adults from the west to come to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. We would love to have your young and grown up kids come with their friends to work with us during their vacation time. I am sure they will have a life changing experience. God willing I will be visiting United States in the next month and will be so glad to visit your farm house and meet you as a family and share about the ministry we have in the slums of Mumbai. I long to have such blessings by knowing and getting connected with the people of God around the globe. I am a stranger and it is not easy to entertain a stranger when you do not know me. I know you will be hesitant to get such a stranger as a guest to visit you but may the spirit of the Lord give you descernment peace to accept me as a servant of God. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. God's richest blessings on you, your family and friends.

  2. It looks fantastic JD!! That wall will be there forever, we had ours over 3 years before moving, and never had a problem with it. I know it seems like a never-ending project, but soooo worth it!