Could we be having any more fun?

People. These children are amazing. Here are a few snapshots from an exceptionally lovely day.

Our five year old finally has someone who shares her love of dressing up.

The plums are ripe– the kids ate at least 5 plums each –every day for days. And I still had enough left to make a dozen pints of jam.

We picked a wheelbarrow load of cucumbers. Yes, in one day.

Even the little girls helped slice cukes for pickling. (Yes, that is a real knife in the hands of the two year old. She cut cukes for half an hour and never cut herself once.)

Our new 11 year old spotted a lovely cabbage in the garden and promptly claimed it.

“I cook? Tonight?”

She and our new 9 year old then proceeded to whip out a really nice sauteed cabbage dish that went perfectly with our corn on the cob and tomatoes for dinner. John (ever the cautious type) at first held his breath when watching these 60-lb girls whipping out big knives to chop cabbage. But within seconds it was obvious the girls had done this before a few (hundred) times. Practiced, efficient motions.

Did you know that it is possible to puree tomatoes with nothing more than a knife? And get puree just as nice as with any food processor? Yup. I didn’t know it either. These kids are something else….

We’re enjoying every minute of getting to know them.

Life is good.

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  1. baseballmommy says:

    I am so happy you had a fun day. We had a good batch of plums this year too. Although I didn’t make any jam. Now I am disappointed I didn’t.

    The girls look so happy and seem to be settling in.

    You are truly blessed.

  2. alicia (sweetsmie) says:

    hay! i sent u a pm on but i bet u are too busy to collect them 🙂 anyway, i just shadow you and follow u around lol! i am getting ready to start the adoption process all over again btw.
    what are your new girls names? they are so beautiful! i have decided to adopt an AA, AA/CC, or hispanic baby. i have told them i do not want to know what race the child is until i go to get her from the hospital. it will be like unwrapping a new christmas present 🙂 can’t wait to know what race she is. i want it to be a suprise! 🙂

  3. bloginmyeye says:

    That just warms my heart.

  4. Aaaahhh, your family makes my heart smile! So sweet.

  5. I just love the picture of one of your new daughters dressing up with her photo up on the wall behind her, in her house, with her family…

    What a beautiful thing it is to see everyone together.
    Do you sometimes look around at the spots in your house where you remember living out various points in the process (talking on the couch– or wherever– with John about even the idea of another adoption, adoption paperwork spread out on the table, at the computer seeing their faces for the first time,etc), and then look up to see them there, in the flesh? Amazing, isn’t it?

  6. SO FUN! 🙂

  7. It so amazing to see how things are coming together. I would imagine there will be bumps along the way- heck, we all have those 🙂 But, it’s great to see everyone just being together and the girls interacting!

    I have to ask- how much acreage do your have for all that! You are blessed 🙂

  8. Glad to see you all back and together, we prayed for you when you were gone….we got something new, too!! Go take a peek at our little handfull…

  9. God is so good, and your family is so beautiful.

  10. You all look positively radiant! 🙂

  11. Only you could bring home two new kids and within a few days be pickling a wheelbarrowful of cukes. It seems your new daughters are not alone in their amazing and something-elseness. You are a true inspiration, Mary.

  12. Precious!!!

    I am so happy for you all!


  13. I just want to hug you all.
    Fantastic stories…

  14. Oh, Mary, I am so thrilled for all of you. God is so good. Been praying that the transitions were going well.

  15. wow. You’ve got a whole kitchen crew in your employ! Great!

  16. How cool – if only all homecomings could be THIS good! 🙂

  17. It has been really fun to read this story of your trip to Ethiopia. 🙂 I am a fairly new reader, but I wanted to say how much I’ve been enjoying your blog! I look forward to hearing about how well your new daughters settle into your family, and how well they are able to pick up English! I can’t imagine how scary that was for them to leave everything they know and move to another country with a new family… I’m glad they have each other!

  18. So wonderful–and FYI I don’t have a login so can’t comment on your other blog but Vera B . Williams books are wonderful. Cherries and Pits is one of our favorites and we have a favorite Cinderella/Diamonds and Toads story from Africa–will have to find it so I can tell you what it is.

  19. I am tearing up reading about this. What beautiful, beautiful blessings have been bestowed upon your family!

  20. how cool!

  21. My heart is bursting for you! What joy.

  22. This just brings tears to my eyes! They were truly meant to be a part of your family!! God is good!

  23. Wow thanks for sharing them w/us

  24. I am so excited for you, and your new additions. It was meant to be, and that proves it all!!

  25. What a beautiful family! Congrats on your new additions. They seem to fit right in.

  26. How very sweet, this gave me a smile this morning. You are an exceptional mom!


  27. You look like a family, How wonderful.

  28. Delurking to say congratulations, and what a wonderful family you have. Beautiful people, inside and out!

  29. So wonderful, Mary. I sigh with joy when I read these little updates.

  30. Wow. Maybe they can give me some cooking lessons.

    Thank you for sharing this. It’s really beautiful!!! And so are they. And so are you, I’m thinking. 🙂

  31. That last comment was me. Didn’t want you to think my husband was getting fresh with you, calling you beautiful! 🙂

  32. this entire testimony has just been awesome. my husband and i have been amazed, what a blessing to have them and how beautiful they are!!

  33. I just want to gobble them up they are so sweet!

    They seem to be blending in with your family beautifully.

    I am so happy for you and want to thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  34. Just a note of congratulations! I love reading your blog and feel blessed by it. Thanks for sharing your experiences for us all.

  35. I think you are a genius. What a brilliant way to connect everyone with the good earth and the good food that comes from the good earth AND everyone helping being part of this goodness. Not everyone’s life works this way, but yours does, and I have a feeling that it really is going to be absolutely wonderful.

  36. Thanks for sharing. I have read your blog religiously the last few weeks. I have especially loved the Ethiopia updates. I’m glad to see that things are going so well. All praise be to Him!

  37. Just beautiful! And they’re hair is gorgeous!

  38. sincerelyanna says:

    Looks like they are having a wonderful first week (or two, I really can’t figure that out…) We’re enjoying watching it and I had a huge smile on my face when I saw all those pictures of your kids!

  39. congrats!!! it’s great to see you all going about normal family life together!

  40. what a joyful post! My little one was good with knife early too! lol, thank’s for sharing your beautiful pictures with us!

    In christ


  41. Add me to the list of those who cry with no warning when viewing pictures of your newly-grown family and the joy burbling over there.

    Blessings, blessings, and more blessings…

  42. expectingamiracle says:

    Congrats! The girls are beautiful and it’s so great to see you all together as a family.

  43. I love, love, love reading about your family and seeing your beautiful pictures. Thanks!

  44. They are absolutely beautiful, Mary! I’m glad they are fitting in so well and having so much fun finally being home 🙂