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, January 23, 2012


 JD, Alei and I are on day three of six eating only fruits and vegetables. We are juicing fruit at breakfast, juicing vegetables (and apples) at lunch and dinner and are eating tons of fruits and vegetables in between. Day seven through 15 we are going to add in nuts and beans - we are pretty excited about that! (Day 16, JD is eating steak on the grill and I am eating chicken on the grill....and chocolate chip cookies for dessert, but we won't focus on that!) 

It's going well overall. The first negative is that I still have to cook and feed the kids real food; the second negative is how expensive good fruit and vegetables cost. I bought a juicer, but am totally unhappy with how much it wastes. We are upgrading to a Vitamix that will grind the whole fruit with no waste. 

A perk of all these fruits and veggies is that Julia and Elijah are able to play help wash them. They tend to wash themselves and the floor also but they enjoy it. 

I'm doing this because my chiropractor convinced me that it would help with inflammation in my neck, but I'm sure hoping for some lost pounds as well.


  1. I'll look for an update on the juicing. What did you wash the fruits in? Anything special?

  2. I'm interested in your new juicers' results. My juicer leaves so much pulp vs juice it seems a lot of waste too. My compost pile appreciates it, but I'd rather benefit as much as possible for all the effort! : )

  3. Jen P - I wash my fruits and veggies in a solution called Basic H that comes from Shaklee. My mother in law gets it for me, but it has not taste, is natural and is supposed to get off as many pesticides as you can get off. .

    Lynda, The Vitamix is really a super-duty blender, not a juicer; so the "juice" is really going to be more smoothie. The cool part is that you can literally grind the entire fruit - peals and cores. My friends even throw in the pinapple skin. At that point, we'll be getting more nutrients out of the fruit than we do eating it. I bought a refurbised one on the Vitamix website (still expensive!) but it has the same 7 year warranty. Right now, my chickens are eating way too well with all the waste from the juicer!

  4. I came across a site this past month. The lady uses the pulp from the juicer into other recipes that she eats...http://www.hol-fit.com/