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, August 30, 2014

Who Needs Saturday Morning Cartoons?

 After months of looking, we found what we thought would be a nice addition to our little farm - a guard donkey. I'm not sure how much of a guard he will actually be since he seems to be very sweet to every animal - even the new kitten in the barn. The norm around here is to have guard dogs that sleep with the sheep or goats to protect them from coyotes (yes, we really do have coyotes!) Since the last thing we need is a 4th dog, we went the guard donkey route; supposedly he will attach to his goats and then protect them from predators.

He came with the name Jake, but we are trying to limit the number of people names that animals are called to reserve some names for future grand-children; so we are going to try and transition it to Chewy. So for now, he is Chewy-Jake. (This is a proven method at our house, as we have done it for five African adoptees...)

 Chewy-Jake is six, just like Selah and Elijah.

 This is a whole new frontier for us - donkeys involve messy poop, hoof care and I think he may need a dental check-up from the glimpse I got feeding him a carrot. 

 I really just think the animals make for fun childhood memories and a good lesson in responsibility. 

Selah is a huge animal lover; so nice compared to the hysterical screaming that she did the first few months in America whenever she even laid eyes on any animal!

Obviously early morning pictures before anyone bothered to get dressed.

 Chewy-Jake and the goats have about a week to get accustomed to each other before Leia has her baby (or hopefully babies).

1 comment:

  1. Haha. We do the name transition thing too. I had not thought of the grandchildren name aaving angle. So far we have only 2 chickens named Marie and Gary (a child named after relatives). The horse is delilah. I dont think we have to be concerned with that one