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, April 20, 2016

Camp and Crud

 I have been planning on blogging about camp since we rolled back home on Sunday night. JD was leaving the next morning for San Diego, so we needed to turn around some laundry so he could repack. Then Tuesday was our final week at CC, which meant I had planning to do. 

Of course, when the schedule is packed is when some child crisis happens. It didn't really happen on Sunday, it was just discovered on Sunday. To put it bluntly, we are at about the 18 month mark with crisis after crisis due to incredibly poor choices our one teen son chooses to make; then many of the times, the other teen son isn't wise enough to not follow suit. I'm tempted to just tell you the whole story, as it really is quite entertaining if you don't live with the sneaky dishonesty on a daily basis, but I'm hard pressed to find much humor in any of it anymore. Let's just say that the end result is that both boys have a nice hole in their RIGHT ear since they had never heard the connotation about jewelry and gender identity, and unfortunately, their 50% odds didn't fall in their favor.

My conclusion is that I really need a wardrobe of t-shirts to wear that say "Remember, I really am not as stupid as you think I am;" and then when I hear a story that may be as ludicrous as a bug bit me in the front of the ear, and then flew around and bit the back of my ear.....oh, and the same happened to my brother, I can just point to the shirt (and turn red, but not say something along the lines of "that is the stupidest lie I have heard to date - congratulations, you have really outdone yourself"). Hypothetically speaking, of course.

Anyway, we really did have a lovely weekend at camp; even the laundry wasn't too bad.

Moriah came this year. While this is a lovely picture of her and her father -

here's the real reason she came, Chris was invited too. We like Chris and he enjoyed the camping things much more than Moriah. See her being super supportive of his fishing?

We enjoy the lake time.

The kids also enjoyed the games and sports, especially rock climbing.

And we are blessed with a taste of African culture during African drumming and dancing.

So, here's where JD is - San Diego with all of our favorite baby boy. The cool thing is Nathan was thrilled to see him since he Face times us regularly since leaving in January. I can't wait to see the little buddy live!


  1. Oh my, so sorry. Maybe if you yanked the earrings out fast enough, the hole will close up with no scar. You know I have comparable stories, from only a 11 yo. Like nibbling off of 20+ loaves of zucchini bread in the freezer, while we were going crazy trying to figure it out, and was actually afraid to open milk barn freezer, thinking a giant freezer rat was going to attack me. Of course, since we thought it was some freezer-door-opening vermen, we fed the loaves to the pigs as the damaged loaves were noticed every few days. All my hard work!!!, the expense!!!, go ahead, I know you're laughing.
    Great pic of Moriah and JD.

  2. Unfortunately, I do think they believe their "stories" are convincing enough to get by you - in the moment. A couple of my kids were so.... passionate about their versions of what happened in several (bizarre) incidents that I thought I was going crazy. Logic and the evidence presented did not support their stories whatsoever but boy did they argue! I always thought that with the right guidance all that arguing could be put to good use (it didn't). I eventually learned not to argue back at all (it took me way too long) because you just cannot waste your time and energy on illogical arguments. I would just look at them and say something like, "You and I both know what happened, drop it". Then consequence accordingly. Sorry this is so frustrating for you, btdt.