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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Fall

There is no good reason I haven't blogged in so long, other than my pace of life; often a month seems to fly by at the speed of a week. I handed Tori the camera the other day and asked her to take some pictures for me and I would blog accordingly. My only request was for her to get the guys building the fence.

Here is my new living room rug and curtain purchase. The old ones were very old and it just hit me one day that I didn't care for them. 

Elijah and Selah spend their days playing basketball and football. This old weedy patio provides hours of entertainment!

Here is Shaun, who works on the garage construction most Saturdays, building stall fences with James. This will make juggling animals in and out of the barn so much easier! James is currently painting the goat fence.

Hopefully this will be the last of the old white truck that doesn't run, we donated it to a man that repairs vehicles and donates them to worthy causes. 

The Blue Tractor is in need of a very expensive repair and will not be running until we send (and pay) the tractor specialist. It's sad!

Since our log splitter was a tractor mounted item, we had to purchase a gas powered one instead. This messy pile will all burn in the wood stove this winter.

If you can see those sticks along the driveway; they are crepe myrtles that I planted. I put in 13 along this stretch of the driveway and near the chicken coop.

Here are some happy weeds and happy girls.

Our chicken and guinea population really grew this year in spite of me planning on it not growing.

The wood pile in the barn decreased a bit for fence building.

Of course there is Chewy; he doesn't like to miss any action. I have been letting him out of the fence when I'm outside to eat the wandering weeds. He does fine but likes to block cars that try to come down the driveway; he's a good guard donkey.

Here is the "pasture" we cleared four years ago; it's looking far more like the forest again. 

Tori did tell me that Bella accompanied everywhere as she took pictures.

Amazing how many summer flowers are still growing; it's getting cold at night so they don't have long left.

Fall flowers - 

Have a happy Wednesday - our new Wednesday schedule is piano lessons and Costco in "town". 




  1. how lovely is your home!!! what a great place to be raising kids.....

  2. Tori did a great job getting a variety of pics!! Your chicken and guinea population growing unplanned....HAHA....plans.....on a farm!!!
    Our Vinca and Lantana are looking beautiful too! I'm hoping to avoid cutting them before we move=)