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, August 27, 2010

And They Are Off....

The car was packed tight, holding everything that Gabriel was sure that he'd need to survive the year. Alei was lucky to get room for the suitcase and backpack that she needed. We insisted that he allow room to actually see out his back window.

We woke up all the kids, except Elijah, at 6:45 to see Gabriel and Alei off. Although Elijah was up late last night, he woke up at 7:00 in time to hug Gabriel good-bye. I was happy too, because I love this picture of my oldest and youngest son!

After that, we stuck everyone in front of the car for a last minute, in your pajamas, good-bye picture. I guess I'll have to use it on this year's Christmas cards since Gabriel won't be home to take a new one (jk.)

Julia has cried several times when we've discussed Gabriel's leaving. She gave the final good-bye kiss.

They have already made it to Knoxville, TN, where they are spending the night with a friend of mine. Then tomorrow they are driving to my parents in Memphis, TN.


  1. i wasnt even there and that final pic of the kiss tugged on my heart.how sweet and precious.i hope the best for him on his journey.

  2. Hi Jenny...Haven't read your blog in a while and wow, how things have changed! Our prayers for a safe trip for Gabriel and Alei. And many, many prayers as Gabriel leaves to serve in the military. All the kids are soooo beautiful! Keep in touch!
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