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.

Sunday, June 2, 2013


We have two major events approaching. The first is that Alyssa leaves for her Africa trip in only 13 days. She will fly to Texas for training with Global Expeditions and then heads to Zambia on her 14th birthday. She is serving in Zambia for three weeks and then South Africa for another three weeks. The amazing thing is that she is fully funded! She has raised over $5,700; we are proud of her determination.

The next is Gabriel and Alayna's wedding on July 7th. Alayna actually just arrived from Memphis last night and is staying with us until the wedding (remember, Gabriel does not live here - he's in Florida). We have a lot of work to do in the wedding department.

Other than that, we have 100 smaller things going on. JD is working on finishing up the screened in porch floor. Last week he lowered a huge beam off the deck. At one point when it started to slip, he grabbed on to it and a huge "splinter" went into his hand. He headed to Urgent Care and after sitting an hour, they sent him to the ER. After sitting there a few hours, they referred him to a hand surgeon the next day. Once he saw the hand surgeon, they had him scheduled for surgery. Once the "splinter" was out, we saw why - it was over an inch long and pretty thick. 

Swim team started last week for the year, but we only made it to one of the four practices due to scheduling conflicts. Alyssa is practicing only these first few weeks, but we have added Selah as a swimmer this year, bringing our official swimming total to seven.

We are really enjoying the baby goats. They get a bottle at 8:00, 2:00 and 8:00 again, so two of the three feedings are generally with children in pajamas.

When we removed the double-wide trailer that we lived in while we built our current house, we were left with these cement footers. We decided to make them into a goat mountain and these little guys love it.

Other than the goat mountain, the kids enjoy the picnic table.

When time allows, I'm working in the garden. I was hoping to weed the last bed and plant the last tomatoes tonight, but it's raining. Since JD is heading out of town some this week,  we hope to open our little pool when he gets back next weekend. Never a dull minute, never!


1 comment:

  1. I like the goat mountain--great idea.
    Is JD's hand OK now? When Jake was 5, he got a splinter in his foot. Our Dr. lived next door and made house calls=). He got it out using a big syringe needle, and I was shocked to see it. Said if it had been any worse, it would have required stitches.