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.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spring Break and Beyond

 I planned on doing a spring break review at the end of spring break, but amazingly, that has come and gone. We had a big day at CC today as Tori did her history paper on King Solomon; she dressed up as him and read the paper out loud to the class.

However, working in reverse, I feel like we accomplished a lot over spring break. I swapped out all of the children's spring clothes for the winter ones. It's never a fun job, and I'm really over it on about the 5th child; thankfully, I only do about six of them now. (And we are ignoring that it is freezing out again!)

We had 22 pallets of retaining wall blocks delivered. JD is tackling this part of the building project himself, in spite of not doing the current ones around our house that seem much smaller than what these are going to be. There are three in the front and two long ones that will go from the side all the way around the back. The side of the garage area drops many, many feet down to where the future cow pasture will be.

 Here's the first one completed, other than the mess around it cleaned up.

Today we had two loads of driveway rock dropped  for the part of the driveway that will continue into the garage doors. Oh, how I wish we could pave it all, but it will not be for some time, if ever.

We had baby chicks hatch over spring break; the problem was that it was the worst hatching we have ever had. I think I figured out the problem with the humidity in the incubator, but we ended up with five hatched and four of them dying. So, we went to Tractor Supply and bought our lonely chick a half-a-dozen friends. Since I have polish chickens on order, I only wanted to purchase two, but there is a Virginia law that chick purchases are a minimum of six. I bought two Asian and four pullet mystery breed, since Tractor Supply didn't know what they had after the signs all got pulled down.

Today as soon as we arrived at school, I got a text from JD that Leia had her babies. We came home to find healthy twin boys. I definitely am not keeping any of this year's babies, but we sure will enjoy them while they are here.

Selah is quite the animal lover, but all the kid attention guarantees sweet, tame goats.

 We also had a cow knowledgeable friend over to assure us that Mooster is pregnant. Her delivery could be as soon as two weeks.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, you did get alot done! I have sympathy for JD, I remember doing our retaining wall a few years back. The goats are cute, haven't seen that color around here. Chicks have to purchased in 6's, how crazy. And lastly, I'm jealous of your rock, we hope to get a few loads if the state ever decides to pay us our tax refund.