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.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Lazy Days of Summer

Since we have started school, it kind of seems that summer is nearing its end. I guess that's a negative of starting school early, because I much prefer a long summer and a short winter. Honestly, it's so hot now, that they wouldn't want to play outside during the day anyway, so this should allow us a break when we are having perfect fall weather.

No one could swim for over a week because the pool steps broke and we had to order new ones. They were happy campers when the pool reopened! This shot may be the only time that the kids get their Dad in the pool this summer.

Elijah only enjoys the pool if no one splashes his face; which is difficult in this size pool, with this number of children. A bigger pool is on our long-term want list.
Tori has turned into a good swimmer this year; I'm planning on her swimming on the swim team next year.

Julia thinks she swims better than she actually does. She dives and "swims" and never wants to wear her swimmy vest. It's kind of nerve-wracking to watch!

Check out the fit of those goggles; I should send it to Speedo to see if they want her for a goggle add.

The boys started soccer camp tonight. I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at the location to find out that it was inside and air conditioned.


  1. I am thinking about starting school sooner than I originally planned b/c of the heat and amount of boredom and fighting I am dealing with right now!

  2. Beautiful family you have. We too are rolling along with school and it does give the feeling that summer is drawing to the close. Cool evenings already.