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, August 16, 2015

The Last Few Days

Thursday night we took Alyssa to Old Town and ate at our favorite Mexican restaurant. The area is the original San Diego old town and is built up into shops and restaurants, and is really enjoyable once you can make it through the frustration of finding parking - in our case for two cars since we are one person over fitting into one!

Gabriel, Alyssa and Elijah 
On Friday we hit Coronado Beach. Elijah LOVED it and when we started packing up, requested to please stay just a few more hours. I took hundreds of awesome pictures before I realized the camera didn't have a memory card in it. (I have done this on several occasions and need to order a second so I can always have one in it!) The following are the few phone pictures we took once we realized none of the others actually existed. 

Alyssa and the beach baby

My CA boys

The beach wore Nathan out and he slept as we walked the streets of Coronado 

We ate at a grass fed hamburger place  - just took a picture here

Then we hit Moo time for ice cream 
After we found some shade to eat our ice cream in, we met two helicopter pilots that had just come from patrolling the San Diego coast line. When you are at the beach, you can generally see a ship out protecting the coast and at least one helicopter flying back and forth. The one pilot pulled off his pilot badge and gave it to Elijah. We are going to sew it on one of his jackets; it was the high light of the evening for him.

On Saturday we headed to Balboa park. I live in a pretty sheltered world compared to the displays there. There was a booth set up to convince people that there is no God, nor heaven or hell. They had big signs to go enjoy your life, which brought me to wondering why they needed to convince others of what they believe, when there wouldn't be any negatives of believing in the opposite, and why was that worth sitting in the heat over them "enjoying your life"? Beyond the atheists, there were Buddhists, Pro-Iran Deal gatherings, and Muslim booths. We enjoyed the shade and the Christians at the end of the long row. 

Elijah had some fun with face painting - 

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a shark 
Then we cooled off a bit in the fountain.

It was fun to show Alyssa some of the high lights of San Diego and JD and the kids all seem to be doing well at home. 

Awesome tree!

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you are all having fun! I miss the beach, haven't been since 2012.