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.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

So Behind.....GRANDson Catch-up

I have spent some time analyzing why I am such a blogger slacker these days (like eight months slacker). No doubt it was partially me going back to school fulltime, but even more so is how much I dislike social media most of the time. That has made me post less and less as I avoid social media more and more. While we all know that social media generally presents a unfair portrayal of daily life, we are still prone to consider ourselves inadequate compared to the next person's post. My goal for attempting to catch up with some blog posts is so I can print them into a book like I have created in the past for the kids to read in the future. A side benefit is my friends and family that are not on social media. 

While I have some trips, etc, that I'm going to post about, my greatest joy these days in the GRANDsons - we have four now. Nathan and Samuel are 7 and 3 and unfortunately live across the country. We are hoping they move back our direction. They did come for a fun visit between Thanksgiving and Christmas, allowing us to have pictures of all 4 boys together. 

The grandsons local are Oliver and Hudson, who are cousins. Oliver just turned 3 and Hudson is 8 months. We see them one to two days per week. I have to post some pictures of the boys from the last many months in no particular order. 

Oliver and Hudson in their farm overalls - 

My favorite picture ever - look at Hudson's eyebrows as he contemplates his arrangement out in the cold wind, held by a child, with yelling toddlers on each side! 

I insisted on a Granddad and I picture with the boys before the older two headed back to the airport - 

We have about 20 pictures of Oliver with this bear in my bathroom. He generally says, "I love this bear, get a picture of me with this bear." 

Selah and Hudson - 

Julia with Hudson - 

Bella and the local boys - 

Elijah and Samuel - 

Frozen Oliver - 

Smore time - 

I taught Oliver to enjoy morning hot tea when he stayed with my last November for a few days - 

This was watching two large trees being chopped down - 

Chore time - Oliver is good help with the animals these days. 

Elijah and Hudson - 

More to come...