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, December 9, 2013

Parade, Arbys, Laundry and Hair

 Catchy title, huh? Like a to-do list. We bundled up Saturday night and attended the local Christmas parade. It was great, other than it was freezing! We actually skipped out on the end after we saw our church's float because none of us could feel our toes anymore.

The lighting in the pictures is terrible, but here's proof we were there. Our plan after the parade was to go shop and eat at Costco. Once we realized that they closed at 7 instead of the usual 8:30, JD dropped me off at Arbys to order a simple dinner while he and the van full of kids ran and picked up Alyssa's friend that was coming over. I was literally the only one in Arbys. I scanned the dollar menu and walked up and ordered 11 roast beef sandwiches, 10 fries and one large onion rings. The man asked me if I said 11? I said yes. The lady behind him leaned over and asked, "did she say 11?" He answered yes. He then asked me, "is that for here or to go?" I answered, "here". I found it entertaining when they handed me two mounding trays and stared at me. I took a few tables around the corner by the door where they cold and hungry children were going to enter and I have no idea if the workers ever knew anyone else ever came in.

Other than Christmas fun, the girls and I have been doing a lot of laundry and hair. We had a extensive Duggar-watching-laundry-folding session the other night.

You know it's bad when you run out of laundry baskets and start piling clothes in boxes!
 I spend about five hours doing Julia's hair yesterday. This morning, I did Selah and Bella's. Here's before -

Selah was excited about Christmas beads and worked to string them.

Bella prefers crying. She was already crying here and I had not touched her head yet.

She was a happy girl when she was done though.


  1. The hair looks lovely! I know how much work it is, I have been the stylist for my younger sisters for years. A resource for Bella, if you don't have it already, might be 'I Love My Hair.' It's a picture book.

  2. Precious girlies!! Love the hair!