Thursday, January 31, 2008


Jeff took this pictures at a wonderful birthday party that we were at on Saturday.


From Amy E of Love Without Boundaries...

My message is a bit long today but I hope you will read it to the end. We have just 24 hours left in the Giving Challenge contest on Facebook. 24 hours to try and stay in the lead. And we can’t do it without you.

As I type this, I am staring at the photos of 12 babies who are hurting because they were born with heart disease. Their eyes truly haunt me, first because they are orphaned and as a mother it is hard to accept that any child has to be sick without a mom or dad to comfort them….but second because I know that without surgery, the pictures I have of these children might be their last. Do you know how small a baby’s heart is? And how fragile an orphan’s life is when that tiny heart has a defect? These pictures are of children who are blue, children who are tired, children who NEED OUR HELP.

I also have on my desk the photos of children whose hearts we have healed. They stare out at me with pink cheeks and smiles, and in many…with their new adoptive families. THIS is what it is all about. Saving lives, giving a second chance, and allowing a child to find their family and know complete love.

In the next 24 hours we have a chance to give the GIFT OF LIFE to 10 more children in need. The charity with the most unique $10 donors at 12 noon PST on February 1st will win $50,000. Heart surgery in China averages just $5000 per child, so with that prize….ten children can have a second chance at life.

I am not going to ask you today to find 10 more donors, or even 5 more donors to help us. I am asking you to find just ONE person in your life that hasn’t donated and to ask that person to please help you save a life. For just $10. If all of us do this, we could have over a thousand new donors in just one day.

How often do we spend $10 on things that last just a moment?

$10 for two fancy coffees, $10 for a movie and popcorn, $10 for a dinner out. How about for today, for the next 24 hours, we all find $10 for something that will last a LIFETIME. $10 to save a baby’s life and allow a priceless child (who is orphaned and totally innocent) to get a second chance at finding a family to love them.

Find just one friend in the next 24 hours, and encourage them to join our cause and donate. $10 for the life of a child. Of all the money you have spent this week….this might be the most important.

Thank you EVERYONE for keeping LWB in the running for the top prize. We love our supporters and give thanks everyday for the amazing generosity, compassion, and kindness you show to those who live as orphans each and every day. We truly are a family, bound together by the belief that every child born on this earth matters.

Here’s the link! Let’s do it for the kids.


Thursday, January 24, 2008


You know your teenager is playing too much Guitar Hero when your 4 year old starts singing 'Paint It Black' and KNOWS THE WORDS!

I signed up AnnaClaire for preschool this morning. We weren't sure if we would send her or Brady at all but decided to go ahead and send just her. I think Brady will benefit from one on one time with me and AnnaClaire would probably like an occasional break from him too. We'll see how it goes and if he is upset about not getting to go, we can take a slot when one opens up during the school year. We'll definitely send them both for 4 year old preschool.

Can you believe it is time to order Cameron's cap and gown? YIKES! I am off to do that now...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Go Vols!

Yes, my husband has lost his mind! That's what 3 teenagers and 3 preschoolers will do to a person. He's all ready for Tennessee's big game against Kentucky tonight. I'm so proud.

America's Next Top Model

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From the Love Without Boundaries Blog

Next week, we have set Jan 22/23 as a one day Facebook fundraising day to help complete the funding for baby Yang's heart surgery. You can find our Facebook Cause through this link
With the Facebook challenge ending on Feb 1, our Director of Operations, Sheri Russon, came up with the perfect way to encourage our friends and family to help with the Facebook Challenge:

$10 can save 10 lives.

It really is that simple. A $10 donation can in turn allow us to finish the Facebook Challenge in first place, and can allow us to use the $50,000 prize to SAVE THE LIVES of ten innocent babies born with heart disease who are struggling to survive.

Please tell your friends and family about this wonderful opportunity in front of us. I just can't even begin to tell you the deep sadness that each of us at LWB feels every time we are given the news that an orphaned child's heart has stopped beating for the last time. We have cried so many tears knowing we were too late, and even more knowing that a child died as an orphan. It is so horrible to know a child has died alone…...without having a mom or dad to hold them when they are hurting or afraid.

We really can do this....but we need everyone's help. Let's all be a part of something BIG! Let’s work as a united team to give life to ten children who will not survive without surgery.

Let’s show 10 tiny babies who have been abandoned that they ARE important and that they are not alone. Let's all step out of our comfort zones in the next week and ask at least 5 friends to donate $10 to save 10 children's lives.

It is NOT about “winning” or the money to us, even though we have to keep bringing it up to finish the challenge in first place. It is about the very real fact that there are orphaned children dying with medical needs right this very minute....and how wonderful it would be that through this unique challenge, we can change 10 of their lives forever.

Thank you everyone! Remember…..$10 can save 10 lives. Let’s do this together and know we were a part of something truly GREAT!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

You Guys Kill Me!

Yes, AnnaClaire is potty-trained. Just like her older siblings, she simply decided one day that she was ready. It's been so nice only changing Brady and not Brady AND AnnaClaire who always seemed to poop in tandem. We'll be going out this weekend to let her pick out a special treat. Brady's been telling me sometimes when he needs to pee pee but he is a ways from being trained. I really can't believe that AnnaClaire is trained because she is the first of my kids to be trained before age 3. Woo Hoo!

Sorry that our news wasn't a new daughter like some of you thought. Actually, since Jeff has started his own business we don't currently qualify (because we can't prove income) so I can assure you there will be no adoption announcements. We are happy to rejoice with you all who are in the process and to pray for those special little ones who wait.

Brady's surgery has been confirmed for Monday, March 10. He'll get to eat cake on his sisters' birthdays but he won't be able to have candy for Easter. I think the Easter Bunny might just bring all the little ones non edible treats this year.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Big News!

here's a hint;)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Bad Blogger

It's been a while. There is so much I missed blogging last month (Allie Day, Jeff's b'day, Ryan's b'day-13!!!, Christmas....). I'll get to it but for now just wanted to update a little. Brady FINALLY had his appointment with the surgeon today. It was originally scheduled for December 18th but his doctor was sick so it was moved to January 3 but the doctor was called into emergency surgery. I took him in today and he was treated like royalty. They really love him at that office. It looks like Brady's surgery will be March 10. They had said mid February but Allie's birthday is March 8 and AnnaClaire's is March 9. I didn't want them to get all the presents and Brady to not even be able to eat cake. I asked about mid March and the doctor said that would be fine. The big boys are out for spring break the week of the 10th so it will be a great time for the surgery.

I encourage you to check out my friend Tonya's blog. You may remember that we waited together through 2 adoptions and we were in China together when she adopted Ayla and we adopted Brady. Her precious Ayla had surgery in December and they discovered that she has cancer. Tonya is a picture of strength and faith. I wish I could be more like her. Anyway, she's updating frequently and I know that she appreciates prayers.

That's all for now:) It's good to be back.