|- Lydia Grace -|
Adding loveliness to everything in life,
and doubling our joy with the addition of Richie!
|- Kyle Josiah -Speaking and writing the Truth in Love|
| Caroline Joy - Always smiling,|
and making us smile with her beautiful music
Caroline (20) was 2nd born of the quadruplets, and the smallest at birth, weighing in at only 3lbs 6oz. She loves the Lord, serving Him and others with her gentle and quiet spirit. Playing piano is one of her biggest passions that she devotes many hours to each day. She enjoys playing piano with her family's worship team at church, and one day hopes to be a piano teacher. She also enjoys taking care of her boer goats, and together with her sister, Victoria, she loves raising and showing them. Caroline also enjoys riding and training her horse, Bubba. When she is not practicing piano, or outside with her goats or horse, you'll find her reading, baking, or playing with her youngest siblings.
|Valerie Hope ~ Showing Hope for the Orphan|
Valerie (20) was 3rd in the quadruplet line-up! Of the four, she has always been the most "sensitive", and was given the nick-name "Puddles" at one time, for her ability to go from a care-free, happy countenance to a puddle-o-tears in a matter of seconds! She is also very affectionate, and a sweet encourager. Out of her love for the Lord, she has developed a heart for children, particularly for the orphan. She started Pure Joy Labradors in part, as a means to support orphan care ministries and her own vision for adoption. This keeps her quite busy, but she also loves administrative work and enjoys serving in this capacity when she has opportunity. In her free time, you might find Valerie reading, baking, cross-stitching, or enjoying time with her family. She is also the violinist in the family worship team.
Keeping us laughing and light-hearted!
Susannah Patience was born at 7 months gestation on May 20, 2002. She graced our world with her sweet presence that day, and we thank the Lord for the good things He showed us and blessed us with through her precious life.
Such a bundle of blessings!
Timothy (12) will go down in history as causing his big brother to cry! However, they were "happy tears" on the day Kyle found out we were expecting a BOY, which meant he would finally have a BROTHER! From the day he was born, he has been such a blessing to all of us! But for Kyle, having a brother was an extra special gift. They have been a huge blessing to each other, as Kyle often spends time with him. They especially love playing baseball together. Timmy, in turn, loves being a big brother to his younger siblings, especially his new baby sister. He also really enjoys riding bikes and playing in the dirt pile with his brothers. When it is raining, you'll most likely find him inside, playing Legos or Hot Wheels. He is also working hard on his 3 "R's" and is starting to love reading. God has been so good to us in blessing us with Timmy, and we pray that he will truly live up to his name, which means "Honoring to God."
|- Joseph Joel -|
"God Will Increase/He Shall Add,"
"Jehovah is God"
After being told we should not get pregnant again after Timothy, and once we did conceive, that we should "abort" the baby, Joseph will also go down in history for making the most dramatic entrance into this world! Hard to believe, it has been 10 years since that fateful day, when Mommy had a splenetic artery aneurysm during her 31st week of pregnancy with Joseph. (This was completely unrelated to the pregnancy.) We are still praising the Lord for how He miraculously brought both Mommy and Joseph safely through this major medical crisis! We know God has a very special plan for Joseph, and we look forward to seeing all that He will do in and through him! Joseph has always been so full of life, and such a bundle of energy! He is always on the move, and we pray that one day he'll be moving mountains in Jesus' name! And with his current love for fishing, we pray that one day he'll be a passionate fisher-of-men for the Kingdom of God! We can't imagine our lives without Joseph's constant smile, giggles, and happy countenance! He is such a joyful little boy, whatever he is doing! Currently, his most favorite thing to do is build anything with Legos!
| - Benjamin Justice -|
"Son of My Right Hand,"
adding cuteness and color to our family!
Benjamin (6) is our "Great #8", and a blessing sent to us from God via the US foster system and through the blessing of adoption. He was born approximately 5 weeks prematurely in Seattle, and we are so thankful to his birth mom for choosing "life" for him! We were especially blessed to be able to pick him up right from the hospital, 3 1/2 weeks after his birth. He is adored and loved so much by all of us, and is especially doted on by his many siblings. He loves playing with each of his sisters and brothers, and is particularly fond of his little baby sister. : -) We know God has a super special plan for Benjamin, and we can't wait to see it unfold in the years to come! His favorite things right now are "cowboy" related, with always wanting to wear his cowboy hat and boots, and loving to ride horses of any kind . . . whether toy horses or the human variety on their knees and knuckles in the living room, or real horses! : -)
What a wonderful surprise we had in Feb. 2013, when we got the call that Benjamin had a biological baby sister born, and that they wished to place her with us! She came to us at one week and one day of age, and we have loved every minute thereafter with her! She is such a beautiful blessing from the Lord! We are all thoroughly enjoying her sweetness, (and dressing her in all the adorable girl clothes and accessories! : -) She is surrounded every day with sooooo much love! We were so very thrilled to be able to officially adopt her in Oct. 2014. We named her Brielle Jubilee. Brielle is short for Gabrielle, which means "God is my strength." And Jubilee, because "jubilant" is how we all feel about her! (We enjoyed blessing Benjamin and Brielle with an extra special bond in giving them the same initials.) We look forward to seeing all the good things the Lord has planned for her precious life! You can read more details about what God did in her miraculous story here.