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, April 11, 2011

Clothes Swap

It is so hot here today that I actually cranked on the AC to cool down the house before the kids go to bed. I made them suffer all day, because it just seems wrong to not have at least two weeks between the last heat run and the first AC run. Anyway, this morning I went down to the storage room and dug out a single pair of shorts for the three youngest children; then tonight after baths I headed down again to find them a pair of pajamas that weren't fleece or flannel. I think the time has come to pack up the winter clothes and bring out the summer.

Elijah's clothes are about 95% from my friend, Wendy. Wendy buys them for her son, Asher, then hands them off to Elijah, then they go back to her second son, Levi. This is an awesome arrangement for me, obviously, and we enjoy the clothes swap to get together. Here's Elijah with Baby Levi, who we met for the first time today. (They do live three hours away.)

After meeting Levi, Elijah was impressed enough to tell me that he wants two babies - a brown baby and a white baby!

Since our friends were here today, I didn't give Elijah a nap. One other time he made it OK without a nap, but not today. Here he is at 7:00, without dinner. Sweet baby, he'll get a good long sleep tonight.

Alyssa got to go home with Wendy's family for about 10 days, so the gap between visits will be much shorter than usual.


  1. Oh, I love that last picture. There is nothing like the smell of your baby just out of the bath and all snuggled up in fresh jammies.