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.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Geema in Fall

My mom, or Geema as she is more commonly known around here, was visiting  this last week - it went way too quickly but it was a nice visit. The day she was flying here, the kids and I went on a farm harvest field trip.

We were quite entertained by the llamas - I think I should have gotten one over the donkey!

Julia looking "llamaee"
I took a picture with the younger kids and Geema, (I so often forget that I'm impressed I got her with most of them.)

I decided that nine years of living in the house without respectable bushes was about eight years too many, so I went and bought little bushes that Geema helped me and James (and often Selah and Bella) plant along the front.

We go into town on Wednesdays for piano lessons; we decided to take a walk along the river afterwards. James and Tori are at drama at the time the four "youngers" and I make the piano trip each week. 

Moriah went to work the last day Geema was here, but Alei and Alyssa came over to see her one last time. I should mention that Moriah turned 20 while she was here, so we had a family cook-out and cup-cakes. Chris even surprised her with some fireworks. (We like to keep the neighbors guessing!)

And then, she had to leave, and Elijah and I found ourselves back at the river again while we waited for Julia at an appointment.

I spent today on school, bills and a paper mountain, but tomorrow I'm going to put in the border on the flower beds we planted and obtain a large volume of mulch - then I'll post pictures.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Fall

There is no good reason I haven't blogged in so long, other than my pace of life; often a month seems to fly by at the speed of a week. I handed Tori the camera the other day and asked her to take some pictures for me and I would blog accordingly. My only request was for her to get the guys building the fence.

Here is my new living room rug and curtain purchase. The old ones were very old and it just hit me one day that I didn't care for them. 

Elijah and Selah spend their days playing basketball and football. This old weedy patio provides hours of entertainment!

Here is Shaun, who works on the garage construction most Saturdays, building stall fences with James. This will make juggling animals in and out of the barn so much easier! James is currently painting the goat fence.

Hopefully this will be the last of the old white truck that doesn't run, we donated it to a man that repairs vehicles and donates them to worthy causes. 

The Blue Tractor is in need of a very expensive repair and will not be running until we send (and pay) the tractor specialist. It's sad!

Since our log splitter was a tractor mounted item, we had to purchase a gas powered one instead. This messy pile will all burn in the wood stove this winter.

If you can see those sticks along the driveway; they are crepe myrtles that I planted. I put in 13 along this stretch of the driveway and near the chicken coop.

Here are some happy weeds and happy girls.

Our chicken and guinea population really grew this year in spite of me planning on it not growing.

The wood pile in the barn decreased a bit for fence building.

Of course there is Chewy; he doesn't like to miss any action. I have been letting him out of the fence when I'm outside to eat the wandering weeds. He does fine but likes to block cars that try to come down the driveway; he's a good guard donkey.

Here is the "pasture" we cleared four years ago; it's looking far more like the forest again. 

Tori did tell me that Bella accompanied everywhere as she took pictures.

Amazing how many summer flowers are still growing; it's getting cold at night so they don't have long left.

Fall flowers - 

Have a happy Wednesday - our new Wednesday schedule is piano lessons and Costco in "town".