Hey everyone! I’m just gonna stick random photos in here, not really going with the text.
My sister teased that maybe I shouldn’t change the name of the blog,
since one of my 8 doesn’t always feel heaven sent…
But we KNOW each child is a gift from God in heaven, regardless of how we feel in the day to day.
This life is full, rewarding and hard. good-hard.
I’m happy to report that all is well.
My main focus as been the children these last weeks, getting to know my Luke and meeting the needs of the others.
Christmas is right around the corner and I’m trying desperately to keep it simple and to keep on top of gifts that need to be purchased and given to others.
Each child will get 3 gifts and a stocking.
I’m keeping a notebook and taking photos discreetly of things that the children point out to me in Targ*t or wherever, so that I don’t forget.
Luke’s birthday is 2 days after Christmas!
He is very, very sweet. Talkative and hilariously expressive. It is amazing that we can communicate all day and understand eachother. The way he talks is just adorable.
He is constantly making me laugh with the funny things he says and does.
His new thing is pizza. HE LOVES making and eating pizza!
I began calling him “sugar” because I told him he was sweet like sugar. He does this precious “ooooo mommy, you so good” thing that has me wrapped around his finger. He got out of Chris’ car and ran up to the house saying, “Mommy!!! Sugar, where are you????” and in the car yesterday his said, “oh mommy, honey, thank you so much for gatorade!!!” Noah was quick to correct, “dude! you don’t call mom honey!”
His teacher reported that in the lunch room he announced to the table of 12 boys, “EVERYBODY! WE PRAY!!!” and proceeded to pray outloud in his native language. She said it was so sweet, the whole room in chaos and 12 little heads bowed.
He is resourceful. Wow. He comes up with crazy ways of trying to fix things.
When I saw him undress after church on Sunday he had Gigi’s dress sash through his belt loops, under his sweater, he said he found it in the laundry room.
Although we can communicate I’ve very, very ready for him to understand more English.
I have much I want to train him in, things that I want him to understand.
I’m not discouraged by the time frame but just ready to deeply communicate with him.
He has shared much, much, much about Ethiopia and his birth place and family.
Luke has a big brother and sister who are close in age to him. From what I understand they were sent to his uncle when the parents died. Luke made a long hike to Gabe’s orphan home with his uncle and said goodbye. He prays for them and it makes me cry. This morning he asked in near tears if someday we could go to see them, because he is worried that “maybe my brother he has not big food, maybe very, very hungry my brother, my sister.” oooo. real life. So, we pray. We pray daily for his friends, the brother set who is waiting for a family.
A few times he has had a feud with one of the others and it’s hard to say sorry. But he always does and we grow.
Noah began basketball and is loving every minute of it.
Yesterday Noah turned 12!
Jonah turns 14 on Saturday!
Christopher and Jonah have started up tennis again now that XC has finished up.
Mimi continues to excel at gymnastics.
Gigi had her first orchestra concert, she play for the public school’s 5th grade orchestra as a homeschooler.
Lainee and Zinnia are doing really well. Zinnia will not be a rocket scientist but the precious girl has the most beautiful heart, truly loving Jesus, I see so much fruit in her life. (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and selfcontrol).
Luke will have surgery or a procedure done in the hospital on one of his ears next week.
We have been to the ear doctor a few times to try to remove an object from his right ear.
It’s getting bigger.
He puts up a massive fight, crying and screaming when the doctor tries to remove it.
It looks like it may be sprouting!
At the doctors office today luke told us that he put it in there when he was 9 ( a year ago???) and that it was a seed off a tree he was climbing!
I cannot wait to see what that thing is!
What a difference it will make in his hearing.
Yes, the Jones children’s lives have been so enriched by these 4 adoptions~
all 10 of us now know how to say “fart” in Chinese AND tigrynia. Ah yes.
~luke’s been running in the mornings, early, by himself. He has a little route he does. I cannot keep up with him. The boy LOVES to run, and he’s fast. He told me one day a police officer pulled him over and asked questions.
~my braces came off but i’m still numb and “off” feeling in my face, I know it was the right thing to do and will be better in the long run. I’ve had no headaches and my molars touch for the first time!
~SUPER exciting: Gabe, the man who ran Luke’s orphanage came to our town! he spent a week here and we got to see him a few times. It was so special for all three of the boys. Praise God for the partnership. i’m so blessed.
Gabe got to meet the rest of our children and see Luke’s new house. He gave Luke a bag of wheat cooked over a fire. Luke was so excited. in preparation for Gabe’s arrival Luke took all his halloween candy and the money he earned from raking leaves and put together a package for Gabe and his wife Connie and 4 of the children left in Ethiopia at the transition home: Goosh and marta and Buruk and Fikir. I was so touched.
Luke came home one night after having icecream out with Gabe and said, “mommy, wheat*n very, very very good.” I knew Gabe had encouraged him. He said goodbye and had a huge smile on his face. No tears or weirdness.
Tomorrow we head south for thanksgiving with Chris’ family in TN.
All the children are over the top excited. Luke said to me today, “AH!!! me Tennessee! AH! Mommy! My this one AHHHH!!! (“this one” pointing to his stomach). I said, “that’s called excited!”
Chris is so special to me. Sunday he leaned over and pointed in his Bible 2 Corinthians 4, where he had underlined it. ”Read this,” he said.. I felt beat up by a tantrum one of the children had on the way out the door that morning.
Maybe you could read it as an encouragement as well.