Thursday, February 26, 2009

Love Without Boundaries Foundation "Born in my Heart" Art Auction 2009

The 2009 "Born in my Heart" Art Auction sponsored by Love Without Boundaries will be held April 23-28. All proceeds will be used to fund heart surgeries for Chinese orphan children. There will be items such as paintings, photography, sculpture, quilts, gift baskets, China-related books, heirlooms, and jewelry. We will provide much more information soon. You can access the LWB Art Auction webpage at We will be donating some of our photographic images from our adoption trip.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Clare's Wierd Saturday Morning Breakfast!

This morning we let Clare decide what she wanted for breakfast. Here is what she chose - a banana, Chinese dumplings, and egg drop soup. Gulp!

Lunch With Brother Blake

Clare got to have lunch yesterday with her brother Blake. He was in Oklahoma City on business and we were able to get together at Buffalo Wild Wings in Edmond for lunch. Blake's best friend, Blane Smylie, also joined us for lunch and a nice visit.

Taking Care of "Smylie"

Clare and Mama have fun playing doctor with the doctor kit Clare got for Valentine's Day. They are treating "Smylie," a new stuffed animal Clare got yesterday from her brother Blake's best friend, Blane Smylie. We can report that Smylie is now feeling much better thanks to the good care he received.

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Good Doctor

Several weeks ago we took Clare to listen to our good friend Terry Phelps. Jim and Terry have been friends for nearly 40 years. Terry is an English Professor at Oklahoma City University, and is an incredibly gifted musician. He is billed as "The Good Doctor," and appears regularly at various venues around the Oklahoma City area. Thanks, Terry, for a very enjoyable evening.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Clare's First Valentines

Tonight Clare prepared her first Valentine cards for her classmates at school and for Miss Linda, her teacher. Her MeMe called while she was working and Clare got to hear her MeMe's voice and tell her she loved her.

Hot Game of "Go Fish"

Thursday night card game with Clare, Mama and Sandra playing "Go Fish." Clare is catching on quickly.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tornadoes and Hail in February in Oklahoma City!!!

Today was a most unusual day in Oklahoma City. We had a series of tornadoes come through Oklahoma City and Edmond. The first, and most deadly, was on the ground for over ten minutes and caused some significant damage as it crossed our town from southwest to northeast. Many homes and businesses were destroyed; power lines were knocked down; cars were crushed; trees were uprooted. Our home was about two miles north of the big tornado. All we got was a yard full of quarter size hail. Jim's poor pickup was in the driveway, but it really doesn't matter. It has been hailed on so many times before as Jim used to do some storm spotting in the Oklahoma Panhandle and that was the vehicle he used.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Clare Around The House

It is a lot of fun just watching Clare around the house as she enjoys herself. She loves to do "artsy" things, and she loves to watch movies on her little portable DVD.

Great Wall Chinese New Year Party

On January 31, Clare got to attend her first Chinese New Year Party with our agency, Great Wall China Adoption. Here are some photos of the children and their families. Sorry it has been so long between posts. We've had a lot of things going on during the past week or so, but we'll catch up. Keep checking.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Snow Day 2!!!

Wednesday, January 28, was another snow day, so the girls talked the moms into sledding again, and Clare got to help build her first snowman. Everyone had a blast!!!