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, February 28, 2017

CC School Pictrues

2016-2017 Classical Conversations school pictures -

Tori - 12

Julia - 10.5
Elijah - 8.5

Selah - 8
Bella - 7


Friday, February 24, 2017

Kids and Kids

Here are some people kids with the goat kids. At one point, the baby goat's hoof hit Nathan's bare belly and he told me "bite". I told him the goat didn't bite him, it was just the hoof and he said, "oh," and leaned over and kissed him on the head several times.

Selah prefers Alfred and Elijah loves Alice

We introduced Fiona to the baby goats, since it's her job to help protect them.

It was a lovely day outside, it's crazy that it is February. We put up the umbrella and did school outside.

Look at that sky, it's so perfect, it looks like a fake back-drop. 

Here's my efficient way of letting Nathan in and out - block the door open. The goats are currently contained, (because yes, they always want in) and there aren't bugs yet. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Baby Goats Galore and There Will Still Be More

 We were met with the surprise of baby goats from Lady Tuesday morning; there were a healthy pair and one still born baby. The third baby looked perfect and it was sad to not know what happened to him. 

We did our hike to the animal burying ground and buried the baby goat before we spent too much time with the other new babies. I notice now that James did not even get dressed.

While it is sad, I think my kids handle death well and Elijah requested to lower the baby into the hole. 

Then we headed back to the barn to get to know the new twins. They are Alfred and Alice; we are going with A names this year for goats that will remain in the herd. (Alfred is only a maybe, but just in case.)

Nathan loves the baby goats and makes several trips to the barn a day to see and hold them.

 Today the new baby goats were two days old, but this afternoon brought Flutter into full labor. I thought it would go much quicker than it did and Alayna rushed home from town, skipping Wal-Mart only to wait several hours.   

The waiting got old. The boys had karate and I had an important phone call. We all still stayed on alert.

 Flutter couldn't get comfortable and kept moving around. 

Nathan came in a hung out with Grand-dad; this is what I found on a quick visit to the house.  

Finally, finally, the first baby came. I don't think Flutter knew what happened and didn't even look at the baby until I cleaned it a bit and gave it to her. She then started cleaning him.


A few minutes later brought another baby boy - Brownie and Cookie.  

One more goat birth to go - Leia is due anytime. We are hoping for one more girl this year!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Birthday Boy

Nathan turned two yesterday. We are having a small party next weekend, but we had cupcakes for his actual birthday. (Of course, small is relative when you use that word in our family!)

He was pretty pleased with the cupcake and singing; he blew the candles out right as we started singing, so we just relit.

Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


After a costly trip to the vet, we found out that Hunter is losing weight due to a thyroid tumor. He has lost 25% of his body weight since last fall. While I am largely not in favor of heroic measures to extend animal lives, Hunter is by large our favorite cat of all time. He is the only cat that lives indoors and will probably be our last inside cat. He is currently 12, and we had hoped to have him around several more years. While I am not jumping on the bandwagon for radiation in Northern Virginia, I am going to attempt to give Hunter two pills a day - one in the morning and another at night. Hopefully it will allow him to stabilize and have a few more happy years with us. 

His afternoon agenda - hairing up JD's computer bag

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Look Who is Here for Valentine's Day

Look who is back at our house for a while - he brought him Momma also. Nathan turns two this weekend and we are going to host the party. He is having a good time with his doting aunts and uncles. This look was trying to figure out the big camera; he is accustomed to his picture taken only with phones.

Dark picture but I love the smile
This is a common look when he is analyzing something; his concern was once again my large black camera.

It's really nice how comfortable he is in different situations and with different people - perfect little military kid. He is living my life as a child much more than my kids did; mine lived their entire childhood in Virginia, different cities but all Virginia. My childhood consisted of major moves every few years, so far Nathan's experience looks very similar.

Since Valentine's Day hit on a Tuesday, we had a celebration at Classical Conversations today. The kids worked on making their cards yesterday and attaching skittles. Amazing what a mess they were able to make with that project.

Alayna is hanging out with the kids tonight for JD and I to go to dinner.