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.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Camp Weekend 2017

This was definitely our best weekend at camp in the five years we have gone. The kids have gotten older and are just able to enjoy more and be more independent. The only disappointment was that Selah and Elijah didn't make the weight cut to do the zip-line, so we are hoping that they will be able to next year.

parachute games while families are moving into their cabins
They have crafts at a big pavilion that you can work on at different times in the weekend. This was modge-podge and paint on tree cuts; they turned out very pretty. 

The food is catered by a local restaurant, and it is so nice to have a weekend of no cooking!

My favorite is canoeing; we turtle watched and enjoyed the geese that were visiting.

see the geese?

Tori took this picture

We did our annual African drumming and dancing class.

a successful selfie
They played a variety of egg games in honor of Easter.

Elijah  -

Selah -

Awesome "face" painter -

Elijah's arm

Selah's face

Deb came for just Saturday afternoon -

Bella was the mirror in Beauty and the Beast

We spent Sunday in downtown Charlottesville before finding a location to have Easter lunch. Definitely not our normal Easter, but we made the best of it.

After posing with the rhino, no one wanted to pose with the giraffe other than Bella. 

We met a man carrying around a snake that gave the kids a quick snake science lesson.

This picture shows that James has finally shot over Tori's height and Selah has overtaken Elijah. Talk about growing, I think Selah was five inches shorter that Elijah when she came home from Ethiopia. Tori and Julia are super tall - like a foot taller than all their friends. I just laughed when I read that Liberia was a land of pygmy people some years ago.

I didn't have to worry about Easter dresses and shoes this year, but I do hope it doesn't hit again on Easter next year!


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