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, May 12, 2010


Charleston is a lovely area. Yesterday we walked around Folly Beach. There is no swimming there due to strong currents, but the kids were able to wade. The girls got pretty wet and I was just sure that Julia was going to whine about it until she dried, but she surprised me and never brought it up!

There is a beautiful old light-house out in the water.

The kids also had fun collecting shells. James found a sand-dollar and Ben found a big conch shell.

After lunch, we headed to down-town Charleston. I always thought that "the slave market" was the place that slaves were sold long ago, but it turns out that it is only the spot that slaves sold items.

We crammed in as much sight-seeing as we could until naps were no longer ignorable.

The kids with new friend, Vickie.

This morning we hit the area by the river that used to be a Navy base. There was a play-ground that provided a nice spot for a picnic. It's amazing that kids can spend an hour spinning themselves around; I would throw up in about two minutes!

We had a great afternoon back at the beach. The weather was warmer so we all were able to swim longer. Those pictures (and the wedding) shortly.

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