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, January 19, 2011

School Room and Lunch Tip

Today was a very hectic day, but I did finish up the school room organization. All I really had left was this shelf and bins. I would like to replace this shelf with a darker, matching model, but I didn't see one at Ikea that would accommodate the bins I've relied on for several years. I bought this shelf with five slots and five, fabric bins way back when I had five kids. Each child, obviously, had a shelf and a fabric bin for their daily work and books. Now, Tori and Julia have smaller bins so that the crayon, marker and colored pencil bins can fit on their shelves as well, and James and Ben share the bottom bin. The whole thing isn't the prettiest, but it functions well to hide the notebooks and papers of daily school work.

Here's my lunch tip of the day - Since I've quit buying hot-dogs and lunch-meat due to nitrates, I buy the big split chicken breasts and cook them in the roaster. I then shred the meat and keep it in the refrigerator. We make straight sandwiches with it, mix it with mayo and seasonings for chicken salad and often eat it on salads. It's quick, versatile and much healthier than the processed counter-parts. Two big breasts seem to feed a lot of us several lunches each week.

Here's a cuter picture than shelves in the school room or shredded chicken; it's Julia and Gus hanging out under the table.

I think I'm going to have to take an organizing break tomorrow, in order to make a cake and wrap presents for a certain princess that is turning six!