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.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Gift of Music

JD's sister and family arrived safely yesterday from South Carolina. Uncle Pedro is a musician and an artist and blessed our family with several instruments. He restored and hand-painted the guitars.

He also made three of the coolest drums I have ever seen. The base is pottery that he creates and the top is stretched goat skin just like the wooden Liberian drum I brought home from my first Liberian trip. Unfortunately, Julia broke one of the drums this morning (see my last post) so they are going to only be used by little people with careful monitoring!

Although Uncle Pedro had no idea, Alyssa has been asking for a key-board and he showed up with one of those also! She wanted one because she plays the piano for hours a day and the other kids gripe at her, so now she can play in her room in peace.

He also made several wooden flutes that play soft and pretty.

You may think that our house is even more noisy than usual, but it is happy and creative noise to me.

James and Ben are opening Scripture readers for our Christmas Eve service tonight, so I have much to do in the next few hours!

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