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.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Quarantined Birthdays

 Like most families, we have celebrated some birthdays in quarantine. Last week, Oliver turned one! He was supposed to have a large backyard party with the theme "Oliver Garden"; he even got official first birthday pictures as a chef -

Instead we just went over to their back yard to sing Happy Birthday and give him his gifts. 

Oliver is the most outgoing child I have ever met and he loves all his aunts and uncles. Here he is with "Aunt Leelee" 

Oliver was a little nervous about the rocking dinosaur we got him; he took some warming up to. 

Yesterday, we celebrated my birthday a bit early; let's just leave it with "I turned old in my opinion" - 

Moriah made me a delicious chicken parmasean! She is quite the awesome cook considering she is a vegetarian and can't even taste her creations! 

And look at these lovely new cushions the girls got me for my chairs? I love them!


Saturday, April 18, 2020

Dogs and Goats

 We have had 8 baby goats for almost 8 weeks now. They are all sold now, except for Edith that we are keeping. They will start leaving for their new homes next week. I have one goat left to birth sometime soon and two probably bred for the fall. Here's our goat momma and babies, and some dogs for good measure, in no particular order. 

Selah and Eeyore 

breakfast hour 

 This is Alaska during the Easter egg hunt; he wasn't sure how he felt about the running and yelling. 

Alei has been dropping Lucca here for day care when she works. She recently bought him the blue ball because it is too big to roll under the furniture, but it's a big tougher to cram in his mouth alongside another ball.

Back to baby goats - 

Baby Estter

Ewok - 

Eeyore again 
 This is Eddie and Eclipse; they are sold to a lady to add to the little boys she bought from me last year. 

Little Eddie and Eclipse 

This is Montana and Alaska showing how we feel about spring, including the sneeze. 

Selah is the biggest animal lover in the family!

This year was year three of me replacing the front row of bushes in the flower beds across the front of the house. Alaska chews on them. This year, I constructed some upside down tomato cages around them and once I tack them down, I'm hoping he will leave them alone.

It hasn't slowed him down from napping in the mulch though. 


Pool Deck

JD is tackling building a pool deck at the one end of the pool. I requested one large enough for a few chairs - he is building it way bigger and better than I requested. 

He had some help digging out the footers - of course the county required them to be dug half way to China and a permit and inspections to prove it. 

The big holes get covered for rain and pumped out after rain - 

Elijah is JD's right hand man; he is learning a lot and enjoying working alongside his dad. (His payment isn't hurting his motivation either.)

The base of the deck is going in as of yesterday. 

Here's my seating area in the screened in porch that we are enjoying in warm weather. I'd like to have some friends come sit out here with me if we can get past this quarantine period!