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.

Friday, September 2, 2016

First Week of School

We started school this week; I anticipate it being a very good year since I feel like I have finally mentally made the transition to a Classical approach to our school at home. The first year I was in Classical Conversations was mainly observation, now I'm on my third year of tutoring and it has kind of taken me that long to transition to doing our at home work along the same line that we do our CC at school work.

Here is our official back to homeschool photo - I did monogrammed backpacks for the CC crowd that should last a few years. I have a thing for everyone's everything labeled!

We did our first day of school on Monday and then had an awesome back to school field trip on Tuesday. We joined a large group for an informational lesson on bats and made a bat craft.

Then we got to swim in an Olympic sized pool with a diving board and slide. The kids would have stayed for hours longer, but Tuesday was also our meet the tutor night at CC so we all had to come back by late afternoon.

I have crammed in a few other things this week, but it's hard once we go back to school. Today is Julia hair day and I have paperwork piled high, including Tori's green card renewal (no, the poor girl still isn't an American citizen, but don't ask my opinion on that when immigrant's children become automatic citizens when their parents do, however, adoptees do not.....)

I did get up early one morning to cram in one more smaller batch of super hot salsa for JD. I can't eat even the regular hot, but Selah and Bella scarf it down without even water.



  1. Good looking group! I had a monogramming machine until 2 years ago, DH got tired of me putting kids names on everything--he's no fun. We're still using the towels, about 6 shirts, and girls pillowcases.
    With China adoption, kids are US citizens when the plane lands in the US--I guess I assumed it was that way for all int. adoptions.

  2. I was getting caught up on my blog reading and came across your post. I saw your comment on getting your daughter's green card and wondered if she might qualify for the same naturalization process as our children, the N600K. We initially used the N600 process when we lived overseas (that's what this route is usually for, for the children of US citizens adopted and residing outside the US) but now that we're in the US, we're doing this version for our youngest. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about it that the USCIS site doesn't answer.