Friday, June 26, 2015


I excitedly told my kiddos that we were LID today....meaning our dossier is logged in to China! (Log in date)

They returned my excitement with blank stares....we are lid?

I filled them in that we were one step closer....and then their eyes lit up....they are excited to be LID but not lid!

So sweet to see their excitement for their new brothers!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Rainy Day Activities

Today it can't decide what it wants to do outside...we were out this morning doing some outside exploring but the rain showers came by frequently.  In the last hour, it has been really raining.

Time to break out a bit of activity...baking soda, vinegar and a few toys fits the bill for a quick fun activity.
It takes the rainy blues away and provides a bit of fun!

They are loving this ....and it was so easy to put together!

A bit of fun and learning in our day!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

China Adoption Fundraiser...busy hands and happy hearts!

This is our daughter Jess doing what she loves best....shoeing horses.  Here she is shoeing our Haflinger pony with shoes for the summer.  She went to one of the toughest schools in the U.S. to learn to do this and walked away with a journeyman certificate.  She has big muscles and likes to compete with her brothers.


She has another side of doing crafty, home making things....making soap, cooking, and knitting.  She recently tried cross stitching too but her favorite is knitting...marathon knitting...where ever she can!

She has given our family a huge gift towards our family adoption to help bring home our boys!

Scroll down for a chance at some of her beautiful work.  You can post your payment in our Reeces Rainbow account and then let me know through private message name and address of where to send off the items you selected.  Not on Facebook? Leave a message for me in the comment section of this post with a way to contact you and I will get back to you.

First, are her baby blankets. Each are $35.00 and that includes shipping.  They are SO soft.

This one is blue and white.

This one is multicolored and knitted so the corners form a pocket to tuck around baby's head when swaddled.

This one is blue with pink and yellow flecks through out.

Next are her many scarves....with her modeling them.  Each scarf is $25 and that includes shipping.  The cowl is $20 with shipping.

The beautiful ruffle scarves are  hanging on her arms ...if you need a better picture, please feel free to ask.

She also made coffee cozies...they are $7 and include shipping.  Most are cabled in several patterns. The last picture has gem laid out to see the patterns.

Thank you for taking a look and considering helping us to bring our boys home!

Thanks Jess for your wonderful donations..we love you and your heart for your newest brothers!

See something you like....just let us know.

We are have an Amazon affiliate link next on our blog. This allows you to order like you regularly would and Amazon sends us a small percentage of items ordered at no cost to you.

We are also selling Just Love Coffee. Our link is also on the side of this blog.  We've been able to try their medium roast for a delicious light fruity flavor...yum!  They have dark roast available too...something for all coffee lovers!

You can also make a tax deductible donation on our Reeces Rainbow family support page.


Friday, June 19, 2015


DTC in the adoption world means Dossier to China....we have had to learn lots of new acroynyms during this journey.

This is a good one...a big our Dossier is submitted and we wait for a LID or Log in Date.

Once this happens, it gets translated and processed through their government.  It is exciting.  It takes 60-90 days.  Our agency is putting a letter together explaining our need to move this along once again because of Marty's age out situation.

Please join us in praying that this moves along quickly!

Looking forward to the day I can lay eyes on these boys!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Critter Time

The weather is nicer and today we didn't have any rain ...double blessings!  Time to go out for bonding time with our critters...

Here Harmony and Devon pet this cooperative chicken.

Joe is trying to give a smile with his wiggly chicken.  So glad the chickens are durable for our young wranglers...they love holding, chasing and feeding them.

Harmony giving a big ole smile.

Kiara and Krystal looking pretty good.

Mike and Spirit working together and then heading for a nice treat of grazing.
Jason and his Liberty....Lib is way more interested in grass than the picture.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Full Cup of Blessings

This is Devon.  Funny, fearless and does his best to keep up with his big brothers!
Today he was playing outside with a lasso and his older brother jerked the rope thinking he would let go and he didn' was innocent but it yanked his arm.  After the initial assessment, we headed to urgent care where they manipulated it and put it back...nurse aids elbow.  He was fine and they sent him and 2 of our other kids off with Popsicles.  It was the quickest visit we had ever had there!

While eating with hubby and 7 kids....our kids started to share about our China adoption to perfect strangers.  Their enthusiasm is catchy.  The folks we had just been introduced too by their sharing started emptying their pockets and handed us everything they had...$38.00 and asked how they could help more. 

 We are so grateful to them tonight....for their amazing encouragement to our family.

We stand in awe.  

We feel so blessed!

Thank you Lord for this sweet gift to our family!  

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Brandon Update

Brandon's new wheels on our monthly BJs shopping trip...he is loving the new experience.

This is the before picture....we ended with 2 very full carts and 7 tired kiddos.

Brandon can now bear weight but above is a picture of the X-ray with the needle in it still--ouch!  The foot doctors secretary was so upset she missed all the excitement!  She was sweet telling us how she normally helps with all the kids coming in.

We are glad he is on the mend.  Loving this brave boy!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Home Made Laundry Soap

Last Saturday was soap day.

We make our own laundry soap using FelsNaptha bars, washing soda and borax.  Our receipe is found on Budget 101--laundry sauce.

I love it because it is inexpensive, makes a lot and is compact.  I have seen other receipes that are made in big buckets.  This is more concentrated and uses the same ingredients.  It only takes a tablespoon and is good at getting out stains.

First we shave the bar of soap and place it in boiling water.  We then add the other ingredients and let it sit and cool.  After that, it is time for the mixer.
I use he kitchen aid to mix it.

It is looking great!

Our finished product.  This is a double batch which can be precarious in my kitchen aid but I love having this much on hand.  This does over 120 loads.  Pretty amazing, huh?

Love clean wash at a fraction of the extra added allergy kids have no reaction to this soap like they do other ones.

Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Adoption News

Long awaited movement on our I-800a. Yesterday, we received our approval from Homeland Security!

It took a long time to be assigned an officer but we had our paperwork fairly quick after a requested home study change.  We received our notice in yesterday's mail....jumped in the car to take it to Concord for the State seal.

It is now being overnighted to our currier in hopes he is able to take it the New York China Embassy on Thursday.  It will have a one week turn around.

We are now working on our next leg of paperwork.

Grateful for the good news!

Sunday, June 7, 2015


I have been reminiscing.....

We celebrated our 27th anniversary this past week...27 years ago we then we boarded a plane after saying good bye to family and headed to Germany.  Darrell was a soldier and I was still in college hoping to finish and become a teacher.

We had each other and a sense of adventure and loved exploring the country side of Germany.  We did most of this with our own 2 feet.  Each weekend we would take a hike....literally through Volksmarching!  We would hike 10k or 20k's taking in the country side, getting to know the locals and eating yummy food.  Each weekend, we would explore a new town, hike and then always wind up at the fest at the end.  We would listen to the band crank out German folk music as well as American music....I remember hearing the Yellow Rose of Texas in many a fest tent.

I miss those walks.  

I leaned a lot about the people and the land.  I remember being passed by older ladies in shoes my grandmother wore to church going up the side of a mountain.  My awe of them and their backbone to climb non-stop pushed me a bit harder up those hills.

We explored towns, saw castles on the hill and walked through fields of mustard or vineyards.

Many sweet memories with our friends Scott and Carla walking those paths through the cool woods in the summer or the open fields in the winter....brrr.

We've tried a few Volksmarching here in the states but they just aren't the same....we were served orange slices, and other fruit.  There were no fest tents with music playing or he excitement of the people we had learned to love.  They even have them locally here in New Hampshrie but they are come when you wish...get your stamps at the library...

Oh, how fun it would be to do another one some day....for now I have fond memories of the people and places we explored.

Saturday, June 6, 2015


This boy has had a week and a half this week....on Monday night he hurt his foot but we weren't looked like a prick in his foot and we thought is was a wood splinter.  We looked and saw nothing and soaked it.

The next morning we made an appointment and went to the doctors who also could not find any thing. She put him on antibiotics and told us to come back in 2 days for a recheck.

We went home, soaked it and brought out the was still painful.

When we went back on Thursday, we had X-rays done.  He has a needle in his foot...yes, a needle as in sewing needle.
We saw the surgeon that night--  he extended his hours for us. He took X-rays too.  We were able to see the needle--eye and all.

The surgeon scheduled surgery first thing in the morning.  He had it yesterday is out!  He is so brave!

We were grateful to the Swist family for taking the other kids...they had a blast.

We were suppose to be traveling today to Dan's and Mitchell's celebration but are now on recovery mode at home.  We will miss you Danekers!  Congrats on the Eagle Scout and Phd.!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

27 Years Ago Today I Married My Best Friend

Twenty seven years ago I married my best friend Louisa.

It's funny when I look back, I can't remember what my plans for the future were back then.

I do know that:
I never pictured myself getting out of the Army or giving up my commission to spend more time with my growing family...but God did.
I never pictured my bride home educating our children...but God did.
I never pictured myself with nine children (soon to be eleven)...but God did.
I never pictured my family being part of a home fellowship...but God did.
Maybe it's time I set my plans aside and let my Lord and Savior lead with His plan...because His plan is way better then any plan I could ever make.

Happy Anniversary Louisa it's hard to believe it's been 27 short years together.
Lets buckle up because I look forward to see what God's plan for the next 27 years will be. 
Love you Darrell

Monday, June 1, 2015

His Sweet Heart

We were doing some work for our adoption this morning when this sweet boy showed his heart for his new brothers by giving a donation of his hard earned money towards their adoption.

Love our children's hearts!

More Pictures from the Weekend

Spirit gets new shoes.... First a trim and then hot fit for her shoes.