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, December 20, 2010

Monday, Monday....

Well, it's the final count-down until Christmas around here and JD and Alei have hit the interstate to bring Grandma here. They only have a "sixish" hour round trip today, but will have the full 12 hour trip next week to return her home. I have dedicated the day to the more exciting things in life - primarily Julia's hair. As you can see, we have successfully removed her previous style and she is ready for a wash and new style. Since I'm feeling more confident in my corn-rowing ability, I'm going to attempt a brand new style. I feel like an artist with a blank canvas; too bad my canvas squirms and whines!

My canvas, however, is such a natural dancer that I feel it would be a waste of God-given talent to withhold her from dance lessons any longer. I am going to look into ballet lessons for Tori and Julia after Christmas. While I'm going to start with ballet, it probably isn't Julia's natural tendency. Several times, while working on her hair, I have had the pleasure of watching Angelina Ballerina. In my favorite episode, Angelina is entering a dance competition and her competitor is a hip-hop dancing mouse. While the classical music plays, and Angelina dances, Julia sits very still. However, when the hip-hop music starts, for the opponent mouse, Julia is virtually incapable of sitting still - her hips keep perfect beat with the music while I hold on to her hair!

On a totally different note, sometimes I am so, so thankful I don't get my way in life! When we were designing this house, JD insisted in installing two dishwashers and two washers and dryers. Having recently returned from my two trips to Liberia, I balked that it was over the top and completely unnecessary. I obviously didn't fight long and hard, because I have double ovens, dishwashers, washers and dryers and I am so, so thankful!
Here's the dishes waiting their turn this morning is spite of both dishwashers being full. It's still crazy to me after growing up in a small family!

Have a blessed "Monday before Christmas."


  1. Oh my goodness! J's hair is the most freakin' awesome free hair I've seen in a long time! Just gorgeous!!!!

  2. We re-did our kitchen 3 years ago, I got an industrial fridge and freezer, and 2 dishwashers.....best money we ever spent! and we usually have a waiting line too. Unfortunately we do not have room for double laundry machines, but I love my kitchen!
    PS=I love how the quilt turned out!