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, September 12, 2017

Consolation Prize

We were supposed to be on vacation all last week at the beach on the Outer Banks. We planned on leaving Thursday and decided Wednesday evening that  the dropping temperatures and high waves from the hurricane made it seem rather unpleasant. I think we would have spent the days trying to think of things to entertain the children and that thought is just exhausting to me.

We instead stayed home and did one long day at King's Dominion. Sunday was Patriot's Day and the park was only open to military and supporting jobs. The weather was perfect and the lines were virtually non-existent. The kids had a blast. 

We arrived as the park opened at 10 a.m.; Moriah joined us at lunch time. The kids are all dare-devils; only Bella wasn't tall enough for the highest ride challenges but she still rode some scary roller-coasters (so did I ). Elijah and Selah rode everything - I mean everything. The Drop Zone and the biggest, scariest roller coasters on the east coast. They rode things I have never considered.

First ride - the Bezerker. It rocks until it teeters upside-down and then flips several times. There are my youngest four all lined up!

Chris took a full-time job and is NJ for training so Moriah hung with us.

of course, she is talking to Chris....
When did Tori and Julia grow up? Crazy!

They all rode this - I took the picture. Heights and I don't love each other!

We stayed until closing at 8 p.m. This picture was taken about 7 after walking over 17 miles according to the Fitbits. 



Monday, September 4, 2017

That Back to School Photo -

My back to school photo only contains half my homeschoolers. It was pouring rain when we left and we just didn't have photo time. This (rather pitiful) photo was taken at the end of the day when Selah and Bella had already headed home. James is only attended co-op on Wednesdays this year while the rest of us do CC on Tuesdays.

Tori is in 7th grade and started CC's Challenge A program. It is correctly named as it is challenging. I'm very pleased with how well she is doing. I am doing the Latin with her, which is rather time consuming; but I think we have learned about an average year of Latin in the first three weeks!

This is the first year that I am not tutoring Elijah's class; instead Selah is in my class. Both are doing well with the transition. It's funny but they all have taken up doing their school on the floor - until they need my help, then they have to join me at a table.

Happy Labor Day!