Half the Sky

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I just finished the book Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It was filled with gut wrenching stories of the suffering women endure, particularly in developing worlds. From rape victims to those sold into brothels to fistula patients, I often had to put down the book and just take a deep breath before moving on. At the …

What I want to be when I grow up

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Don’t you just LOVE old people? I mean, the sight of an older Chinese couple strolling down Love River holding hands can just brighten one’s day. A friend posted on their FB status about being cuted out by two old men in a bookstore talking about how they could spend all day in there. And how cute are the older …

Blue Sweater

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Just finished the book The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz. Because we have decided to invest both finances and heart towards an organization fighting global poverty (one days wages), I’ve been trying to read up on the subject. I enjoyed this one although some parts were hard to get through. Here are some of my reflection thoughts: 1) Cross cultural …

“Mommy, I want to die.”

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Quoted from my six year old daughter. With a bit of depression in our family history, I anxiously asked her why? Her answer: “because when I die, I can go to heaven!” I’m not quite sure what her ideas of heaven are, but probably some version of a Disney-like fairyland. Already at six years old, she is being exposed to …

What our days are like

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I just got an email from a supporter asking us exactly what we are doing in Taiwan. I realize perhaps we haven’t been very clear in our correspondence (newsletter and blogging). Then I realized perhaps we haven’t been very clear because we ourselves haven’t been clear. After all, our whole reason for leaving China was to seek the Lord for …

It’s always somebody’s Lizzy or Hayden

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I read this story on NPR today: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112727679 And it really resonated with me. Every mother can probably relate to this: after giving birth to children, all the news stories, victims of tragedies that involve children, hits harder on the heart. When we experience the immense love we have for our kids, we can also imagine the deep pain of …

Hayden’s preschool (part 2)

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Went to school with Hayden this morning and observed another cultural difference. I figure I better document all this for all my expat friends who might eventually consider sending their children to Chinese local schools. I remember last year at Lizzy’s International school, they had a Sports Day. There were several activities, potato sacks, relays, ball tosses, etc. the kids …

Hayden’s Preschool

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It’s deja vu. Three years ago, we sent Lizzy to Chinese preschool in Tianjin. It was a completely local, Montessori preschool just like the one Hayden is going to now. At that time, our plan was to send Lizzy straight through the local system until perhaps 2 or 3rd grade so she can have a solid foundation in Chinese. However, …

A quick and fairly boring update

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When we moved out of our home in Tianjin, we felt like we packed and packed and packed and there were still more stuff. This week, we moved into our new place in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and we unpacked and unpacked and unpacked and still there were more. Conclusion: we have too much stuff. This week has been filled with chores, …