Stafan was wonderful the day we got him,  and he is wonderful today.  Click here for some pics from when we first met Stafan:




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Stafan orphanNew

I found this picture awhile back on-line.  It's the orphanage Stafan was at and he is in the  background. 

Stafan looking down

I found this one on- line of the orphanage  too.  Stafan is looking at his picture.

When you adopt an older boy be very cautious.  You just never know how they'll turn out!  They could turn out like my Shepard!  When we got Shepard at 8 y.o.  from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, he was sick because of his two front teeth being broken off.  No one had bothered to have them fixed.  His gums were so infected he had started running a fever.  Shepard told me one time he got sick from eating out of a trash can and they sent him to the hospital.  Shepard was as angry as Dr. Ben Caron was as a boy.  Anyway...  Shepard has been with us since 2010.




The next Dr. Ben Carson!


Every night before bed Shepard comes in my room and gives me a big hug!  That is right after he asks me if his outfit matches for school the next day.  I love this boy!!  He better get a good wife.  : - )

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Shepard was not happy they used last year's school picture.  Why did they do that?


Shortly after Shepard arrived home.




Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.  

Isaiah 43:5-7

Monday morning... 


You had better act proper at school today.


I got my eye on you both.


I finally let them go back to their Sunday School classes.



Their punishment was sitting in church with me.  : - )


  My kids love their classes. 

I took a piece of plastic clay
And idly fashioned it one day,
And as my fingers pressed it still,
It moved and yielded at my will.
I came again when days were past;
The bit of clay was hard at last,
The form I gave it still it bore,
But I could change that form no more.
I took a piece of living clay,
And gently formed it day by day,
And molded with my power and art
A young child’s soft and yielding heart.
I came again when days were gone;
It was a man I looked upon;
That early impress still he wore,
And I could change it never more.
(Author Unknown)
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Boone's ESL (English 2nd language) teacher:  "He has been much better lately."



Since, I shared some of our cups Cokie thought it only fair I share her favorite cup too.  



Maybe it is a Chinese thing...   


Giant panda Hua Jiao is in good shape and ready to be released into the wild after a physical check up on Wednesday, according to a local breeding center.
Huang Yan, deputy chief of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) said the animal is in good health, with no signs of any infectious disease.
On Tuesday morning at the wilderness training reserve on Tiantai Mountain where she has lived for nearly eight months, center staff lured the two-year-old female into a cage with bamboo shoots. She was taken to the CCRCGP research base of at Wolong, the well-known "giant panda's hometown," for a final evaluation.
The base's vets completed a thorough physical check up on Wednesday. "Hua Jiao weighs 46 kilograms. All the indexes show she is a well-grown, energetic young lady, ready for a new chapter of her life,"said Huang.
"She was weaned earlier than her peers, and so she had to live on her own earlier. She has survived alone in the wild for about eight months and mastered a lot of skills like finding shelter and water, and avoiding enemies, so we believe she has a good ability to adapt to her new environment, and new neighbors in particular," said Huang.
An ID chip was implanted under her skin and a GPS collar was put around Hua Jiao's neck while she was anesthetized for the examination.
A team of researchers then will keep a watchful eye on her with the help of radio positioning tools and infrared cameras from the day she is released.
"We will try to leave her alone as much as possible, as it's the point of the whole program, but if her life is threatened, like she is critically ill or hurt, we'll lend a hand," said Huang.
Hua Jiao is the fifth captive-bred giant panda to be sent back home after a two-year wilderness training program. She will be released at Liziping Nature Reserve in Sichuan Province. Her elder brother Tao Tao was released in the same reserve in 2012.
Scientists hope to diversify the gene pool of the local wild panda community. China began releasing captive-bred pandas into the wild in 2006 when Xiang Xiang, a 5-year-old male, was released in Wolong National Nature Reserve. He died roughly a year later, after fighting with other pandas over food and territory.
In 2012, 2013 and 2014, three more, Tao Tao (male), Zhang Xiang (female) and Xue Xue (female) were released in the Liziping reserve. Xue Xue died in November 2014.
"We have taken lessons from Xue Xue's case. Her parents are both bred in captivity and lacked experience of surviving in wild. Xue Xue had few wilderness skills. So, this time, we chose Hua Jiao, whose parents were both born and are living in the wild. We believe she will do better," said Huang.
Researchers have been following Tao Tao and Zhang Xiang with the help of GPS collars, radio positioning tools and DNA extracted from their spoor. Monitoring data shows the animals are doing well.
Giant pandas are one of the world's most endangered species. Fewer than 2,000 pandas live in the wild, mostly in the provinces of Sichuan and Shaanxi. There were 375 giant pandas in captivity at the end of 2013, about 200 of them at the CCRCGP.


At our house having your own cup is important.  This is Arden's.


These are Lael's. 


This one is getting pretty old.  : - )


These are mine.  I like the green one because it came from Vail, CO and brings back wonderful memories.  


This is Lyric's because she likes owls. 


Lyric:  "Only Boone would wish to drink out of a cup with his own picture on it."





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