Our family is blessed with ten amazing and brilliant children. Below is a brief introduction to the kids.
Grace is our oldest. Grace is 14. She was home schooled until 7th grade and then she went to public school because she wanted to play basketball. Grace plans to be a missionary when she is grown. She wants to set up job training programs in 3rd world countries.
Hannah is 10 and we adopted her from Ecuador when she was 3 years old. Hannah is blind and deaf, but has a cochlear implant to help her hear. She is missing brain structures. Hannah is learning to read Braille. Plus Hannah has an amazing ability to play the piano!
Corrine is 10 and she is our brain child. She is still home schooled and I enjoy getting to spend so much time with her. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up.
Vanessa is 7 and was adopted from Haiti when she was 5. Vanessa has schizencephally and some other brain deformities which affect her like cerebral palsy and she uses a communication device to talk. She is just starting to learn to walk with a walker. Vanessa has an amazing smile.
David is 7 and was adopted from Haiti right after he turned 5. David has a big heart for babies and until our recent new additions, he would pray for us to get babies every night. He would always tell me to just go get some from "under the mango tree" (were the babies play at the orphanage he was from).
Jon is 5 and we just got him home in February. We had been trying to get him adopted and home since December 2008. Jon has cerebral palsy. He does not talk and is physically unable to crawl or sit up independently. Like Vanessa, he likes to smile.
Matthew is 3 and we just got him in February too. Matthew knows how to get my attention in good & bad ways! Matthew is a typical toddler. He has developmental delays, but he is making progress. His therapies are helping him catch up.
Mark and Luke are 18 months old and came in February. I call them the "Turbo Twins". They are BIG and rough, definitely boys! Luke is a charmer and is developmentally ahead of Mark. Mark is quieter and likes snuggling more than Luke. They have delays like Matthew and therapies are helping them make progress towards getting caught up.
Then there is my peanut Nate who is 20 months old. He came in October and we were supposed to host him temporarily. Things changed after he got here and he needed adopted to get surgery so we thought for sure God would bring another family his way, but no one applied with insurance that could cover him completely immediately. My husband's insurance does these things so we realized God was giving Nate to us...which was a good thing we were already VERY attached! Nate has a web site of his progress at www.caringbridge.org/visit/nateworkman
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it. Psalm 127:1a