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.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve

 I feel like I've been living in the kitchen. My sister has made pear bread and pumpkin bread daily to take to the Afghan immigrants she visits.

The kids and I attempted Christmas sugar cookies yesterday, but they did not roll out nearly as well as normal. I ended up having to take over most of the operation.

The kids were freed up to begin their gingerbread houses; we did teams of one older and one younger child per team.

I'm really amazed how well they all turned out!

The big kids worked nicely with the little guys and there wasn't any conflict; which is often not the case.

James and Elijah's underway -

Tori and Selah's -

The giant behind the house -

We are eating Christmas dinner earlier than usual tomorrow, so we did all our salads and desserts today; we also make Amish soup for tonight after our church Christmas Eve service. It's pretty impressive how helpful the children are in the kitchen now; Elijah chopped all the carrots and Julia the potatoes.

After church tonight, we will finish our Advent reading and hang our last ornament on our Jesse tree.

Then we will tuck the little darlings into bed, hopefully before they fall asleep on the couches.

Selah and Hunter


  1. what is amis soup? and what is a jesse tree? merry christmas to you and your sweet family.
    terre from zoomama speaks...

  2. Amish soup is a soup recipe that I found way back in an old Amish cookbook. It is basically potato, carrot, celery, creamed corn, milk and cheddar cheese. I can post the recipe if you would like.

    A Jesse tree is the story of Jesus from Genesis through baby Jesus and there is a corresponding ornament for each day that we cut out and hang on our small Jesse tree. Jesus is from the line of Jesse, but I'm not sure how it got that name...