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 31, 2010

New Picture - Behind the Scenes

I obviously posted my New Year picture, that we had taken today, at the top of the blog. It looks so simple, but family pictures are never truly simple. First, I re-did Tori's hair on Monday, then I re-did Julia's on Wednesday, (sadly, you can not really see how fresh and nice the corn-rows are in the back.) After all that, I had to give James a quick hair-cut this morning. Aside from all the hair, Alei and I made a mess from closet to closet to find coordinating clothing without purchasing anything. (In spite of their shirts being hidden, Alei and Alyssa had the perfect blue combination on the front.) The major challenge was Julia and Elijah at the session; both of them cried most of the way through. We were actually shocked that this one picture, the only one we bought, had both of them looking pleasant. Their pleasantness was short lived, however, and only caused by JD hitting me on the head with a plastic flower. It brought one moment of distraction and humor that the two of them actually stopped and smiled. Then Julia went back to her fat-lipped pouting and Elijah his whining and reaching for his Momma. Thankfully, that one moment was captured and I am a happy Momma!

This is the last nine kid picture until summer when Gabriel returns once again!