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.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Stairs

 Last Tuesday, I took a speedy trip down the last few stairs at CC holding Nathan and surrounded with other students. The result was a very swollen and bruised ankle that I couldn't stand up on. I ended up at Urgent Care and they diagnosed a sprain and ligament issue, but I will be heading to the actual foot doctor on Tuesday to see what the deal is. My greatest wish right now is something that lets me walk on it without a crutch. This is way way too inconvenient for my life!
Yesterday I hobbled out with my crutches to hang out with my sweet baby goats; they are so much fun and I hate being inside on the nice days of spring.

 We had tickets to the symphony in Richmond two days after the accident, so thankfully, Alayna went with me and drove. 

Bella's new glasses - first kid in 11 that needed full time glasses
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Little Treats - Big Feats

 James, Tori and Julia all needed my assistance today to finish the week's school; yes, it's Saturday and school has been the name of the game with James for as many Saturdays as I can remember. 

 I took a break to go out and take pictures of my cute baby goats, specifically the two little boys that will be wethered and sold. Since last posting, the last set of twins were born and I sold Flutter with her two baby boys. Her meanness to the other goats had only increased since having her babies, and I couldn't subject them to her any longer. 

Alice, Alfred, Agnes and Albert
The twins two weeks younger caught up to the size of the triplets born earlier
 It was a beautiful day and I decided to let the goats and chickens out for the day since the kids were playing outside with Nathan.

Elijah called them "the goat gang"

Tori may look bored but look how happy Nathan is just walking around with the animals.
 I decided that I wanted to accomplish one outside chore to enjoy the weather, so I chose the branch pile. This branch pile, that was taller than the fence and about 12 feet long, is just the small pines that we cut down and feed the goats and then throw the branches over the fence. I can't remember how long since we cleaned it up, but it was way, way too long. It was at the point that we couldn't see the baby goats through the fence or use the gate. The bad part was the tractor that usually does the job is in the shop and will be for some time.

 Who needs a tractor when you have children? I had JD pull the trailer over and I gathered the children.

We packed all the branches in the trailer and James stomped them down a few times. 

Nathan decided that driving the van was the most fun. 

 Serious pile - we aren't going to neglect it that long next time!

 This is the fence line cleared and the grass freshly mowed by goat -

Quick milk break - 

 Stormy - last fall's baby.

The chickens spent most of their day dirt bathing on the edge of the woods. 

Here's the newest baby boy - Albert. Look at the perfect heart he was born with on his side!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Birthday and More

 I forgot to post actual pictures from Nathan's birthday party; here is the Paw Patrol cake that Alayna made. I am hoping she took pictures of the decorations, because I apparently did not and they were all so cute. 

Nathan enjoys blowing out candles. In fact, we can't really have any lit these days or he climbs up and blows them out. 

Here's a normal school day; it may be a bit distracting homeschooling with a two year old, but most of my years have included homeschooling with toddlers. 

Here is when you save on laundry and strip the toddler down for yogurt - 

 Aren't they always eating? Seems that way.