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, August 29, 2009

Farm Update

It seems a stretch to consider our land a farm these days as I've gotten rid of the goats and now I'm phasing out the ducks. We'll have nothing but dogs, cats and chickens for a while. As soon as we get our field fenced, we are going to get a dairy cow and a few pet goats, and then it will seem more "farmish" to me. Things are still progressing though. Last year, and the three years before that, we had literally no grass and this year it seems to be coming in and thickening up some. Although there are still bald patches, there is enough that JD actually mowed it for the first time with the bush-hog that we bought off the side of the road at least a year ago.
The area in this shot was our old front yard. Last year, when we moved the house, there was no grass, but amazingly it's growing this year.

Here's my beloved ducks that leave for their new home on Monday.

The only reason they are leaving at all is because they don't grasp the concept of stay off the patio, or even please don't poop on the patio. They have acres to roam and two baby pools to swim in, but they insist on pooping all over the patio each and every day. Even though I hose it down everyday, it's never clean enough to let Elijah down on it. See those spots? This was taken not long after hosing the whole thing down!

Here's the advantage of not having goats this year; I've been able to plant flowers and vegetables and nothing has eaten them.

Today we took our second to the last load of wood to the Amish saw-mill. It's all from the path that the utility company cut down to put lines into our rental home. Although it's been a lot of work to get it out of the woods, load it, drive it, pick it back up and stack it, we have plenty of cut boards for our cow fence. Here's the new trees going......

the kids running at the Amish saw-mill -

and last weeks trees coming home today.
The fun part about our trip to the Amish today was talking to a carpenter about making a big A-frame swing-set for the kids. There is fierce competition for the two swings on our Costco playground, so I inquired about just just a basic frame with four more swings. He is going to give JD a price quote next week.


  1. I don't blame you for getting rid of the ducks! do they not have an enclosed yard to roam in?

  2. I don't think I've seen a picture of your barn before. It is beautiful! I would get rid of the ducks too. It is hard having pets and crawling babies. I am constantly cleaning floors around here.
    It was great meeting you the other day. I was sort of nervous as I've never met a blog friend before. I hope we are able to get together someday soon! I think it would do Moses a lot of good to hang out with another Liberian kid. I am trying not to worry that his friends will never make it home.

  3. It was nice to meet you too! It's so sad to consider that the other Liberians may not make it home - I hope that isn't the case! Let's plan a get together here as soon as it cools off a bit!

  4. I love your farm. Jealousy is a sin. Jealousy is a sin jealousy is a sin :0)

  5. Hi, just wonderin. Where did you buy the white rockers? I want to buy a pair like that but the reviews for the ones that I've seen say they are not durable. BTW, my name is Laura, Ayrton is my 3 year old son and the google account is for the blogspot we created to share pictures with our family back in Argentina