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.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Last Week, This Week, Next Week

Last week was the final week of the basketball season. Since I never even mentioned it before, I took my camera to the final game. The team was for 8-9 year olds and Elijah and Selah played on it last year. I stuck Bella in there this year as she just turned 8 in January and it makes my life more efficient to have them all in the same place at the same time. She did pretty decently for a new player.

My three in one shot -

Selah is very good at getting the ball down the court, but barely makes baskets because she doesn't practice much. Elijah can get those baskets because he practices every chance he gets. Next sport up is Elijah playing flag football. He wants to play tackle, but he's quite little and I think he'd get broken. Flag it is!

Elijah shooting

So, last week, most of the puppies went to their new homes. The last one just left two days ago and went to my good friend, Wendy. The big boy we kept, Alaska, is enjoying learning the farm dog life, but napping under the kitchen table during breaks.

Yesterday Alaska got acquainted with the bunnies, chickens, goats and barn cats. He enjoyed the whole experience. 

Poor Montana can still not have the run of the land, as she takes off. I am seriously hoping that the underground fence that is going in the next few will work wonders to give her freedom and keep her home!

The debate is whether to enclose the entire chicken structure in Montana's zone or cut it short. At this point, she is way too rough to be the chicken's guard; that is Fiona's domain. 

Our final two baby goats were born on Friday morning - Banjo and Barley, born to Agnes. I think I'm going to have to keep Barley; she looks like Vinny, the daddy goat I sold. 

This is Anges with Banjo, isn't he darling? She is doing a great job being a first time mother.

Yesterday I hauled the kids out to the barn with me; James installed guinea-proof wiring in the rafters of the barn, Elijah accompanied JD to the big dump (and counted 90 eagles!), and the girls helped me with the goats, while Bella babysat the puppy. We dewormed and trimmed the hooves of 8 adults and the 6 babies, then JD wethered the four little boys. All in all, a good time!

This is Betsy, the papered baby girl that I am going to sell this year.

Alaska is getting just about too big to be lugged around. Amazing how much he has grown!

Our next week adventure is HUGE - Julia's biological sister, that was adopted into a family in Canada, is coming to visit with her mom for the week. They arrive Tuesday - the girls haven't seen each other since Julia was 6 months old!


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