Saturday, March 31, 2012

Traditional Chinese Violin

Pretty Chinese Pavilion

Yeah, baby!

Chinese bridge in Park

Don't Disdain the People

The Pool Is Empty....

Beautiful Chinese architecture

Friday, March 23, 2012

Meet My Secretary

I'm so excited to have Sara Davis as our new church secretary!  She's doing a great job and we're so blessed to have her at Immanuel Southern!

Audrey holding Frankie for the first time

Emily and Newborn

Emily's first time to hold Frankie was her first time to hold a newborn!

Holding a Newborn

 Frankie was born this morning at 2:30 or so.

This newborn was honestly a beautiful baby!
Audrey & Emily

Kids at the Zoo

Emily, Audrey & Jennifer

Albino Peacock

At the Tulsa Zoo

Beautiful Peacock

At the Tulsa Zoo

West African Friends

OK, maybe they're not from West Africa, but that is where we met. Carl and Cheryl Compton were the directors of the guesthouse in Dakar and we were the directors of the guesthouse in Abidjan.

In any case, the Comptons were traveling through Wagoner yesterday and stopped in on us for a little while.  I hope, that if you are traveling through Wagoner, you'd stop in on us, too.

At the zoo

Friday, March 16, 2012

Cutting the cake

Kristy and John

Audrey under the gazebo

At Lakeside Weddings

Getting kissed

By my sweetie!

Ready to perform a wedding.

At Lakeside Weddings

Amazing Petunia

Bloomed from last year's leftovers!

5 Year Anniversary

Five years ago today we boarded the plane to leave Hong Kong. Five years ago today we said, what we thought, were short good-byes to our friends. Five years ago today we arrived back in Oklahoma into the open arms of our family.

So much has happened in the past five years.  We've done a WHOLE LOT LESS traveling, that's for sure!

We still get frustrated with certain things. We still long for the excitement of international living. 

In many ways, it's hard to believe it's already been five years. It seems like yesterday that we left for West Africa! We haven't been back to West Africa since 2002.

I'm about to take my first trip back to Asia in five years. I'm heading to Hong Kong (among other places) with a group of men for a few days. I'm NOT looking forward to the 15 hour flight from Chicago to HK. I am looking forward to seeing my beloved Victoria Harbour again and having a plate of gong chau gnau haw.  My time won't be long enough there to actually enjoy anything, but I'm going to pack as much in as I possible can!

At least, I'm not waiting as long to see HK as I did the first time I was gone. I lived there from 1989-91 and didn't return until 2004.

This time, it's only five years.