Once upon a time....

Flash back to 1999, we were a family of four. Happy in our new roomy house and comfortable in our ways. A few years later, the Lord blessed us with an additional little package, little boy #3. Now we were a family of five and sure that would be the end. As time moved on, so did we. The Lord used the time that passed to open our eyes to His will. Several years ago, Bob and I individually heard the call to adoption. It has been a long "pregnancy", but during this incubation time, the Lord has brought us to where He wants us to be. Spring 2010, we traveled to Ethiopia where two little angels were waiting for the Lord's timing - to become our children. Now we are home and can't imagine life any differently! What a blessing to be in His will.

Galatians 4:5 says "God sent Christ to buy freedom for us, who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as his very own children." We are just following his model. A Perfect picture of salvation.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Nardos does laundry

So, as the kids get bigger and the weather gets cooler, the clothes get bigger and thicker.  We finally designated a day of the week for each kid to do their own laundry.  Three years ago when Levi was just 5 years old and starting Kindergarten, I was also going back to work full-time.  We decided that it would be valuable to have the kids each have their own laundry basket and do their own laundry.  Several good things came of this.  Responsibility is one of them, but my favorite was no more sorting out socks and undies!  We splurged on a double sized, front loading washer and dryer.  I put my special education training to use and created a set of visual directions on how to load the washer.  I also purchased a set of small Glad containers into which we pre-measure the dry detergent (carefully laced with powder Oxyclean).  We have now been three years into the children doing their own laundry.  It is fabulous!  

Bring on two more bodies (the girls) with clothes to clean.  We gave them a few months to get used to the routine...and learn some English...and then helped them embark on the journey of laundry!  Actually, they have been helping us all along.  In fact, Nardos regularly volunteers to help Levi and Marshall put their clothes away!  So, on Friday, Nardos did her laundry by herself for the first time.  Here are the pictures to prove it!  She was so proud - and so are we!

My favorite picture is of her going DEEP into the basket to retrieve some more clothes!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for praying for us while we were in Ethiopia and sharing your blog with us. I am looking forward to reading about your adoption experience and how everything is going now that you are home. We are preparing for that phase and it will be nice to see how someone who has gone before us is handling it all.

    God bless,
    Sandy and Mike Mayfield


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