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.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Neck vs Elbows

So, to celebrate our 19th anniversary today, we headed off to the orthopedic doctor to discuss the on-going shooting pain in my elbows. When I herniated the disks in my neck a few years ago, the pain always shot down my left arm and pounded in my elbow. Since re-injuring my neck a few months back, catching Elijah as he was falling off the bed, both my elbows ache constantly. The chiropractor really thinks that it is stemming from my neck, but GOOD NEWS, the ortho. doctor thinks it's just severe tennis elbow from lugging a dozen babies around the last 18 years! So, although I'm not thrilled with the elbow wraps and cortisone shots idea, it sure beats neck surgery.

On the plus side, we did go out for anniversary brunch after the appointment. Sadly enough, we spent a good bit of the time discussing the sad reality that we are getting older and starting to feel it!

Other than that, all is well and Julia is finishing up playing with the Christmas items before they are packed up for another year. Here she is with Mary, Joseph and a snow-man on the time-out bench.


  1. Looks like that time-out bench makes her very sad!! LOL Must make it hard to use for it's intended purpose.

    Glad to hear there is no surgery needed. I hear the getting older thing! I guess it does happen to all of us sooner or later!

  2. just wanted to say I loved your post about I used to have things, now I have Julia...so cute! Love the picture of the family up top there too!