Wednesday, December 10, 2014


If you know me on Facebook, you know one thing.  I get super annoying this time of year.  Because this is the time of year when folks let loose of their pocket change, dig deep and give.

And I really, really want people to give here - to help build a high school in Ethiopia.  If you knew Mesfin, knew his story and his people, you would be annoying too.  I promise ...

From Dreams to Reality from Lifesong for Orphans on Vimeo.

Today's Amharic Word of the day is

tim-hert-i-bet (school)

Sunday, August 24, 2014


So, this happened last week ...

Yep, school started, and for the first time in ... ever ... all five of my children will be in school.  Taz is doing a Kindergarten homeschool enrichment program, so just two days per week, but whatev.  That's still two WHOLE DAYS per week!

Do you know what this means people?  It means I will never ever get that homeschool mom-of-the-year-award.  It means I will be at HOME with ZERO children for two WHOLE DAYS every week, which hasn't happened.  Ever.  I know this makes me sound less-than-saintly, but seriously people, I am giddy with this prospect.  I have no-end to Pinterest projects I would like to complete (just follow me on Pinterest to see), and I swear I'm going to exercise and have an organized house this year, if-it-kills-me.  But it won't, because I will have NO KIDS at home two WHOLE days each week.

And here is where I give ode-to-real-home-school-moms because clearly I am made of a different clothe. 

If there was an award for "most excited ever in the universe to start Kindergarten", this girl would have it bagged...

And here is where you tell me how cute my kids are ...  and I'll be like "ahh shucks, your kids are so cute too" (though inwardly thinking 'not as cute as mine')

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Family Around The World

This envelope may look ordinary, but it is anything but. It's a connection for our boys, hope and peace for their family on the other side of the world, a window into new worlds and a lifeline for all.

So, so thankful these completely "closed" adoptions ended up this way. Next step, five new passports for all the young'ens.

Today's Amharic word of the day is beteseb ~ family. 

Taking crazy to a new level since 1996

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer 2014

Mr. T says I left my last blog sounding rather ominous.  "Life is messy and complicated," but I promise it is really, really good.  Incredibly busy, but really good.  Having five kids takes a lot of energy, yo!

Here's what we were up to last week ...

Sometimes having this many kids is hard work.  Just ask this guy...

Matching shirts ... lowering our "cool" factor but also lowering our kid-losing risk.  I'd say it's a good trade

Same clothes ... different day, same reason.

And the good news is, we lost zero children.  Boom

Mr. T and I have an almost identical photo of ourselves in front of an aquarium our first year of marriage, ah-hem, 17 years ago.  It was lacking a photobombing offspring

After two days and (I'm too embarrassed to admit how much) way too much money, my kids said they had just as good of a time at the beach.  The FREE beach.

Today's Amharic word of the day:  eh-reft

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Proof of Life

We are still alive and life is good.  It's messy and complicated, but good.