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, …

Finally a Local

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I spent about seven years (college and seminary) in America as first an International student, and then an “alien” spouse. (why oh why do they use that word to describe non natives?) Then we relocated to China for five and a half years as definite foreigners. Finally, we’ve moved to a place where I was born, spent the majority of …

Why we recycle…and only want two kids

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Between the two of us, Jason is the bigger treehugger. I’m always a bit uncomfortable when he talks about recycling and how he induces paranoia in our daughter when it comes to leaving lights on in the house. Mainly because I fear being labeled a crazy liberal environmentalist. But our reasons for recycling are really a response to our Christian …

Talk around the dinner table

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Food is one of my greatest passions. You know how most people go out to dinner with friends and family, and they just enjoy the conversation along with the food? Well, I enjoy the food along with the conversation. And planning meals out and looking forward to the food takes up a large percentage of my thoughts. Recently, let’s say …

Asking for money

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For the past five and a half years, we’ve lived on full time support. Meaning, we haven’t had an employer paying us to do the work we did in China, but have had family and those in the Church family provide us our living expenses. Living on support is a delicate way of life. Let’s face it, it’s just awkward …

Are you always looking forward to something?

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I am. I’m one of those people who really need to learn to live in the moment because I am almost always looking forward to the next exciting thing/event/people/food. Good news: we received our visa in the mail!! Unbelievable considering the long drawn out process (see previous post), and so very thankful to the Lord for giving us favor. We …