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 14, 2009


We signed up to do Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. You pack as much as you can in a shoe box that it taken to a needy child overseas; the cool thing is that they include the message of the Gospel in that child's language. Moriah and Alyssa shopped and packed a box for a girl their age, James and Ben did a boy their age and Tori and Julia packed for a little girl their age. We included toiletries and as much little toys as we could stuff in. The video we watched at church showing the excitement as the boxes were given out made me cry the whole time. The reality of the world overseas is that this is the only gift some of these children will ever receive in their life, so we worked hard to make it as good as we can could.
I feel bad for the volunteer who puts the booklet in our boxes, the lids barely stayed on as it was.
Julia kept choosing items for herself at the Dollar Tree. Over and over, Tori would yell, "Julia, we aren't shopping for you. We are shopping for the poor kids in Africa!" I'm not sure Julia grasps the idea, but she willingly let the items she helped choose go in the box.

1 comment:

  1. We've done The Samaritan's Purse shoe boxes in the past! I had almost forgotten about them! My boys always enjoyed choosing things for a boy their ages, too! What a wonderful way to give!