Who of us is mature enough for offspring before the offspring themselves arrive? The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults. ~Peter de Vries
We have four sons. Plato said: Of all animals, the boy is the most unmanagable.
Sometimes I agree.
This is Kirabo, which means “gift” in Uganda where we adopted her from in December 2010. She will be one February 25. We call her Kira, or occasionally when she acts just like her mom: “chili chocolate”, because she is spicy. Some even say she looks just like her mom, what do you think?
In December 2010 our family was living in Uganda while we were adopting our baby girl. Upon returning from our adoption we began a non-profit to help orphaned children in Uganda. Currently we have opened a home, Kirabo Seeds, and there are fourteen children living there in our care. We give them holistic complete care and love them as our own. It is only right that we put them here with our family, because we do love them, and God is busy showing us what to do to improve their lives.
We now have a resident feline observing our family from every high point she can reach in the house. Her name is Coco, yes, after the famous designer. (I relate to her when she was a youth, before she was Chanel)
Andy Rooney said: the average dog is nicer than the average person.
And from a famous kid movie it was said: “dogs drool and cats rule.” In our house both statements win support.
This is our sweet Lucy who is four this Thanksgiving. She’s a certified therapy dog, but these days the only therapy she doles out is to her mama. When the boys wear me out, I say come on Lucy I need you to take care of me, to which she quickly obliges me.
Since moving to San Antonio, TX in July 2011 Mama started learning to ride horses. Though I promised to ride for a year before asking for my own horse, here I am eight months later adding an new animal to the LaTorre family. Gwinny is a four year old quarter horse mare. She’s gentle and sweet. Riding her compared to the lesson horses I was riding is like driving a mercedes. My free time is now spent smelling like a horse, and I couldn’t be happier about having her in my life. (Thanks Craig for the best mother’s day gift I could ever hope for!)
- we can relocate cross country like machine work since we’ve done it ten times
- we can serve a lot of food and watch it disappear quickly
- we laugh together most of the time
- we turn out a lot of laundry
- we pray together and discuss the bible as the basis for all our choices
- we all agree we wish we had the life Lucy enjoys
- we have great passion for cultures, learning, and lending a hand
- we’ve become weenie southerners who can no longer tolerate the cold
- someday everyone will get used to mama bringing the big camera every where she goes
- books are the best entertainment
- relaxing at home together is almost as good as a great vacation
- even a former cat hater can change to have an appreciation for the species! God can do anything.
- we survived the first launch of a child into college, which gives us hope we can do it four more times without crumbling into a heap.