Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Have you heard about the solar eclipse?  (Maybe a better question is, do you care if you ever hear the words "solar eclipse" again?)  All of America seems to have been abuzz about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view a rare solar event.  We were projected to get about a 95% eclipse.  (Turns out 5% of the sun is pretty dang bright, but very cool nonetheless.)  We managed to snag some of the eclipse glasses that were more in demand than tickets to the last spaceship leaving an exploding earth.

The kids enjoyed their day off school, complete with solar eclipse homework assignments, and Matt took the day off work.  We watched through the afternoon as the moon slowly made its way across the sun, casting a surreal dimness over our cul-de-sac, dropping the temperature about 10 degrees, bringing the crickets out, and sending the chickens back toward their coop.  Maybe in 2024 we'll make our way to somewhere in the path of totality.

*Bono voice* "I'm not the only one staring at the sun..."

It was so fun to have our friends the Waggoners (fellow adoptive parents with whom we formed an adoption support group about 10 years ago and who are now missionaries in Albania) over for lunch and eclipse-viewing.

Essie and Chloe with their friend Ellie

Eclipse shadows

The chicken did not seem impressed.

More eclipse shadows

First Day of School

This post is about a week late, but here are the required first day of school pictures for our kids.  AJ is starting 9th grade, and Essie & Chloe are starting 6th.

We now have two middle schoolers and a high schooler!

The girls are feeling weighed down by school supplies and basketball practice gear.

Bonus shot:  We went to a friend's wedding at Talon Winery, so here we are in our wedding finery.

Monday, August 14, 2017

A.J.'s Gotcha Day

Seven years ago today, little Amsalu landed in America.  Due to insane sports schedules, we celebrated on Saturday with the traditional Ethiopian Chinese food (A.J.'s choice).

Today, A.J. is a 15-year-old high school freshman who is loved by everyone who knows him.  Our family, our schools, our church, and our community are richer for having him among us.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Soccer Camp

AJ's high school soccer team participated in a camp at nearby Centre College last week, and AJ was named to the All-Camp Team, one of eleven players honored.

Independence Day Parade

On July 4th, Amy fulfilled a life-long dream of driving a float in our little town's Independence Day Parade.  Wilmore's own Crazy Chicken Lady pulled a chicken float with live chickens.  The float was a hit, even though the weather was not.


Dad and AJ set to play hoops at church wearing the jerseys of some of our favorite former Kentucky Wildcats - Demarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.

(Dad may or may not have dislocated his pinky finger during the game.  Okay, he definitely dislocated his pinky finger during the game.)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Camden Park

We snuck away over Memorial Day weekend for a little family time just across the West Virginia border.  After a great night at a deeply discounted hotel suite, we spent Memorial Day at Camden Park, a small family-focused amusement park.  

Essie & Mom selfie on the sky lift

Essie on The Whip

The Scrambler

I couldn't help but take a picture of this sign just for the bottom two lines.

Sling Shot

A.J. LOVED the Big Dipper rollercoaster

Dad and A.J. were the only brave ones to try this ride out (at first)

Chloe on The Whip (again)

A.J. finally convinced the girls to go on The Rattler with him (& then they immediately got back on it for a 2nd ride)