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.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Snow Many Trips in the Snow

 This was a serious travel week in our family. JD and Ben headed to Richmond on Tuesday for a long day of testing. JD brought him home and immediately headed for Virginia Beach (right back through Richmond) to work down there for two days. 

The plan for Thursday was I needed to head to DC early early to take Moriah for her planned trip to NY; JD was scheduled to head home late Thursday night in time to take Alei to DC early, early for her flight to San Diego on Friday morning. Then in the same afternoon, JD had to head to PA to take Alyssa to speak on missions. All in all, a complicated week enough without the snow.

The only explanation I can come up with for the additional snow storm two weeks before spring must be global warming! The forecast showed heavy snow moving in Wednesday night. Schools were cancelled and much to Moriah's dismay, her trip to NY was delayed. The freezing rain started Thursday morning and the snow was very heavy by noon.  Under normal situations, JD would have waited out the storm in VA Beach, but left early to try and beat the storm since he really needed to be home, to leave again. Unfortunately, he drove a lot of the trip very slowly on snowy, icy roads.

JD got up at 2:30 a.m. to get Alei on her 6 a.m. flight. He came home and plowed us and our neighbors out while I made a grocery run. We met back home for a frantic hour of packing and he and Alyssa (and JULIA!) left right after lunch for PA. Alyssa is speaking at a Saturday evening and Sunday morning service at our brother-in-law's church. 

Since it's just me and most of the kids for the weekend, I bundled them up to go and play in the snow. It is the third time that I've warned them to have fun because it's bound to be the last snow of the season! We were supposed to host a camp out next weekend, but the weather has delayed that until April!

I sent Moriah out with my camera to get a few pictures. Here is the snow-slug that Ben and Selah built. 

Here is Toby greeting the snow-slug - 

This shows the lack of respect that Toby had for the snow-slug -

Here's the snowman that James and Elijah built; Toby did not seen to have any issues with him. 

Chewy is waiting for spring as well!
Alei made it to San Diego and is getting to know her little nephew, Nathan. I told her to tell him that his MiMi is coming...


  1. At least Moriah's trip was delayed and not totally cancelled. She will have more fun there with NO snow!
    Cute snow slug! love the hair.

  2. Your grandson is amazing! What a precious gift!