Tuesday, August 5, 2014

We are thankful for His abundance in our garden

A garden is sort of like a life.....and especially a barren life with no love or nurturing...Even given a chance they will produce fruit...Orphans in loving families are like this too. No matter what they come from , no matter what their history is , no matter how devastating their life was before they become our child they can be restored with the Lord's help and the love of a family we have seen amazing transformations. 

Given the right soil, water and sun and protection (from animals, and bugs) it will flourish and produce.

We pick at least this much veggies each and every day....

We eat a lot out of our garden. I love this time of year because I never have to say things like, " no, you can only have one, remember others are eating after you ". Fortunately my kids all love veggies ...we have eaten a lot of tomato or cucumber sandwiches, squash casserole and tomato and cucumber salads fixed many diff. ways, wilted cucumbers and we have baked over 60 loaves of zucchini bread. 

Our once barren land produces veggies enough for us to share with the neighbors and our large family of 27 still at home. His abundance and blessings come and we are thankful.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Celebrating Judah and Jesse

Breakfast with Daddy and Momma before church

No naps but swimming all afternoon

Making monster faces

Azonto dancing and dancing- one of our kids favorite things to do. Turn up the music loud and move.

Finding the Hidden Glo Sticks and then throwing them up over and over and scrambling to collect them.

PiƱata sized just right for the little ones

Waiting to be gifted.....

Smiles knowing they are loved by many

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer so far....

Urgent care visit ...healing with antibiotics

Levi and Grace home for 6 months and doing very well

strawberry picking ( eating )

family parties

Outside play and lots of swimming

new pets

Building strong bonds

Celebrating birthdays

And more swimming.....

It is hard to believe that summer is flying by so fast until I remember all that has been going on...Mary Kate and Keith bought and moved into their first single family home only 9 house down from ours. We bought their townhouse and stepped into the realm of the rental world. We still have a very busy August and September...We start our home school after Labor Day. Paul , Joseph and I will be traveling to Ghana in 2 weeks...and that seems an amazing thing. I have been out of the country 6 times in this past year. Ben was in Haiti for 10 days. Cate was in Haiti for 2 weeks. My older children are moving into adulthood and my littles are not so little with the twins turning 4 next week. I have lots of things to share but still can't....one of them is the joy of welcoming our 2 new grand babies home soon from Ghana. No we won't be bringing them home on our trip but we will be visiting them : ) Life is moving at a fast pace as always...but the Lord has continued to provide . Thanks for praying for my granddaughter, Zoe in Haiti . She is recovering from the Chikungunya virus. They will be traveling home this Saturday and we can't wait.   They will be transitioning back to the US and we ask for prayers for them as they do. God you are so faithful ....We are grateful for your presence in the lives of our family. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

All dressed up to go to church this am

Ava, Judah, Milo, Jesse and Kloe

Posing in our Peace Garden

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Our Home Outside

Our front door

The Peace Garden

We have 2 full size soccer nets in our front yard, 2 basketball courts - We spend lots of time outside all year at our own home.

We have 2 pools surrounded by a very large deck. We swim every day and many times from 10 am to 4 pm.. 

We also have 2 trampolines, and 2 play swing set areas. Paul and the kids built one and made extra equipment for the kids like the chin up bar, climbing wall, balance beam and a separate area of low decks for the kids under trees that have become forts, play houses or whatever their imagination desires. 

Our "fire camp " pit 

We have a fenced vegetable garden that we enjoy but don't rely on ... We try many diff. veggies but also plant our favorites of tomatoes and cucumbers. 

You may notice lots of rocking chairs in my blog post before this and we also have lots of swings for all the little ones ( grand babies included ) and Andrew who enjoys movement.