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.

Friday, September 25, 2009

On To Wolf Lodge

This was our 4th year going to homeschool week at Wolf Lodge. The family that we go with we actually met there the 1st year and we've gone back with them the last three years. Our cost more than doubled this year since Tori and Julia required wristbands which meant that we had to get two smaller rooms instead of one big one; unfortunately this years small room was the same price as last years big room. Bad economy I guess.

Tori was so much fun this year. Since she is four, no water slide was too big. Her little legs climbed thousands of stairs and she went with anyone who would take her. Here she and Mr. Rick are "landing" after her "Mr. Rick, Mr. Rick, want to take me on a big water slide?" request.

Here's Tori on her first trip across the lily-pads. She was so funny dangling from the rope and wobbling on the lily-pads.

The life-guard helped her claw herself out of the pool the first time. After that, she pulled the floating pad close enough to make the leap herself.
Alyssa and Ben both practiced enough to run across without the ropes assistance. We have some entertaining video of Ben running half way and falling, then scrambling back on as if he was being timed or something.
Elijah was really fun also. He played (and slept) well in the water park.

Elijah would only float in his life jacket without being held if he was holding the pool basketball. I guess it's thrill distracted him.

Julia wasn't a big fan of the water slides. She had a blast on the little slides and the kiddie pools however. I'm sure that will all change by next year.

Here's the best traditional leaving photo, where the most children are smiling. I can't ever get everyone to smile at the same time!
However, I love this picture just because little Elijah is hugging Tori as hard as he can.
Another year of fun family memories made.

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