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.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Plugging On

 Just sitting at this key-board holds a risk that I will start typing as fast as my mind is spinning and before I come up for air, I will have three pages. (The reality is then that I would never be able to hit the publish button, so I'm going to skip that outburst.) Let's just say that one of the 11 has once again thrown at us some parenting challenges that we never anticipated. Dealing with this latest issue has really made me spend time contemplating what makes me feel like a success or a failure; I'm afraid far too many of my feelings are helplessly tied to the irrational decisions that a few of my children continue to make. I will spare you with an attempt of a blogable version of my journey, but it is proving to be a challenge, both in day to day life and in minute to minute living in my mind. 

In the meantime, between appointments and brain-wracking, I am still schooling the children and tutoring at CC. 

This is our current idea of art - draw what you'd like where you'd like

Bella's green person had a sad face - I'm deciding to not over-analyze it; she is a happy girl. 

As soon as I can possibly wrap up a day of homeschooling, the school bus delivers my home-work crew. Tori is blessing us with some recorder practice each night. Check out how seriously Elijah is taking "Hot Cross Buns". 

We are having a party here on Saturday, so I took the kids out a bit this afternoon for some yard clean up time. I am still getting tomatoes! Since the temperature is dipping tonight, I picked some green ones to ripen in the kitchen windowsill in case they freeze. 

"Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion." - Brennan Manning


  1. Elijah is a lefty? Are you or DJ? I have 1 bio and 1 adopted lefty. Neither parent is a lefty. We're still getting tomatoes too, until we mowed down the garden this week. There were 2 5-gallon bucket fulls of green ones.
    Praying that the Lord helps you stay positive and focus on the positive in your difficult times.

  2. I too have a child that is constantly challenging my parenting. In my case the really fun part is that I am a single Mom. Stay strong, keep plugging along, and pray. You got this! :)