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, December 18, 2009

Ready As We Can Be

While my friends in Michigan may chuckle, it's a big deal around here to get more than two inches of snow. It's an even way bigger deal to get snow before Christmas! So, when they have spent the entire day on the radio rambling on about a blizzard, I decided we should be at least somewhat prepared. We had to make two trips "to town" today to drop off and pick up the kittens that were getting fixed. I combined the morning trip with shopping for the family we felt called to bless this year and taking James and Ben to buy a present for the sibling whose name they drew. When we arrived home, Moriah promptly wrapped and boxed the gifts.

JD made the cat pick-up run combined with an Alei CLEP psychology test and buying lots of paint at Wal-Mart. I should have bought stock in Kilz paint before we started painting the basement. The cats are happy resting in the warmth of the basement after their surgeries.

So, it wasn't supposed to start snowing until mid-night, but it's already coming down strong. JD has the little generator staged to hook up to the well if we lose power.

The thought of a possible power outage has thrown me into a laundry frenzy. I have both washers and dryers humming away. There will be lots of laundry folding time tomorrow (and basement painting opportunities) since our other obligations have melted away as fast as the snow is falling.

Julia and Tori have spent the day singing their two favorite Christmas carols, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas (from the bottom of my heart) and DON'T Tell It on the Mountain.


  1. i'm totally jealous of the snow. we want snow. all we are getting is stupid rain!