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Monday, July 23, 2012


It has been ONE year since we brought our boys home!!!!  I cannot believe how the time has flown!!! 

Honestly, this year has gone pretty well for the most part.  There have been issues, as expected.  The boys, even though from the USA, had culture shock.  It was great that they spoke english and we didn't have that language barrier that we had with the girls, but it will was hard.  The lives they have now are so different from their previous years.

Looking back, I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit.  Our first adoption taught us a lot about the spiritual aspect of adoption.  And this adoption has taught us a lot about our own spiritual issues.  Our reaction to the things the boys, or any of our children do, are more of issue than their actual struggles.  There has been so much more praying, confessing and face-planting by Fred and myself!!!!

We are blessed...we love them so much!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


My life is crazy busy, but I do have time to write on my blog.  However, I just don't.  Anyway, we are having a great summer.  Homeschool has been done for awhile.  We  are enjoying our new house, the land, and the beach.  Man, is it HOT!!!!

Here are some pictures:

                                      Upstairs bathroom - where six little kids have rooms

                                       Playroom upstairs between bedrooms (Mom loves this more toys     on the main floor)

                            Little girls' bedroom

                    Little boys' room

                   Sunshine's room

                     Peep's room

The main floor is almost done and so is the basement.  Fred is one hard working man!

First night in their new room.


 This is my favorite picture of the whole weekend.  Peanut butter's face when using her potty.

                          This was a camping trip we do every year with the Ethiopian adoption community.  We tried to get a picture of all the kids.  This is probably only half!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Check this blog post out!

Here is a link to a guest blog post done by Faith.  She is Jared and Jennifer's oldest daughter, and trust me, she is a joy.  Please read.  Please share the story.  Please donate!!!

Monday, May 7, 2012


Here is the deal.  Our master plan.  We need 1,000 people to donate $30 each.  That is all! The cost of one dinner out (okay not for our family but ya know)!  If we can get this to spread our friends will have nearly enough moola to bring their three daughters home from Haiti!!!!!

1,000 you say Ethel?!??!  That is a lot of people.  Well, let's think about that.  I have over 300 friends on facebook.  So, that would mean if I have that many, and I really am not the most social person (10 kids will do that to your social time), then you all out there have just as many if not MORE!!!!

Spread the word!  Get their story out there!  Donate!!!  Let's be part of HIStory in the making!

here is the link

and more pics...

I know this is what you all really want!

New chickens....

Friday, May 4, 2012


Life - it gets so CRAZY sometimes!  Lightening has been in the hospital three times for surgeries.  He finally does not have the colostomy bag anymore.  For the most part, he did great once he got home.  We now, unfortunately, have had some backsliding.  Everything physically works great but he refuses to use the toilet.  It has been going on for awhile now and just seems to be getting worse.  Lightening has a lot of hurt.  His life previously was not good.  So, we are doing our best to heal him while having him face the consequences for his choices.  Prayers a very much appreciated.  I won't lie - it gets weary sometimes...ok most times :)

All the other kids are doing very well.  Sunshine is almost done with her 9th grade year.  She is in a band with her friends from a homeschool co-op.  She is the lead is funny because even though she loves music, this is taking her far out of her comfort zone.

Fred got a new job and he LOVES it.  He is able to do what he likes to do.  His boss is very understanding and supports his role in our home as the first priority.  That is rare to find. 

The construction on the upstairs of the house is complete.  We moved the six little kids up there with large rooms and a playroom.  Now Fred has tackled the basement.  We are hoping the whole house will be complete in the next few months.

And an update on the previous posts.  I cannot say much, but basically the adoption by our friends fell through.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of stuff that happens in that world that is not cool.  They were heart broken.  They have been trying to grow their family anyway that God intends for 7 years.  It was devastating. 

However, God being so cool like He is has given them the opportunity to adopt not 1, or 2, but THREE GIRLS from Haiti.  It is quite amazing.

Here is their story....

So my idea is this - let's all donate $5.  Really, it is only $5.  I have 352 friends on facebook alone.  That would be $1760!!! That does not include other friends I have...that DOES NOT including your facebook friends, other friends, family members, co-workers.  They need $36,000!!!!  Holy cow!!!!  We need to do something...please please help!