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.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


I'm running behind in the blog world, but that's the reality of busyness. The best news is that Alei got her driver's license just in time to help me drive children back and forth to soccer (and herself to work) while JD is out of town all next week. In fact, she took Moriah to her soccer game this morning while I fed the dad and boy campers that spent last night here for Ben's birthday camp-out.

There was rain in the forecast, but thankfully it held off until this morning so we could hang out around the camp-fire last night. We bought our tent about five years ago and this was the first time we've ever used it!

It's a three tent in one deal, but I still think it would be a tight squeeze for our entire family.

 Another excitement is that JD finished the 5th raised garden bed. Can you see those lined up out there? I need to plant a few more things, but the other beds are growing nicely so far.

JD and the boys cleaned out the hen house and used it in the new garden beds. So yesterday, we spread new pine mulch for the chickens; it actually smells clean and fresh in there! The baby chickens are still in the baby hutch, but soon they will move to one side of the coop in time for new babies to hatch that are in the incubator. I also have some Guinea eggs in the incubator that I'm hoping will hatch.

We have a graduation and birthday party today after one more soccer game. Then JD leaves tomorrow morning while the kids and I do a donut sale between church services as a fund-raiser for Alei.

Have a good weekend!


  1. Those are such good pictures, did you take them? Especially the one of the doggy!(: CUTE!

  2. Wow, busy weekend. Love the dog pic. Makes me think weekend.