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There’s a King-size Bed in my Living Room

I’ve said it a million times since arriving home 3 years ago.  China changed me.  EVERYTHING about me.  My faith, my family, my view on almost every subject under the sun, most especially my view on our purpose in this

Daddy’s Girl

When I met Laila,  I didn’t “know” from the instant I met her that she’d be our daughter.  But I did know that I felt something special for her.  It didn’t take long for me to begin dreaming about her,

Thankful for “The Village”

Last week I had a chance to spend five days away, and oh how needed it was.  In my last post, I was feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and discouraged with the the adoption process, with the many interactions with people involved

Great is Thy Faithfulness

We’re still waiting for our finalized homestudy, but in the meantime, I am trying to “look forward” to the next steps and begin preparing what’s needed.  After the homestudy, we have to submit I-800 “Petition to Classify Adoptee as an

China’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity

While America’s middle class continues to deteriorate, China’s middle-class is on the rise. It’s been interesting to experience first hand a very hands-off government system in a place that claims the title of socialism , where in America, we supposedly

My Love/Hate Relationship with China’s Transportation

There are 1.3 BILLION people in China.  Personal cars are a fairly recent addition to China’s roads, and thankfully so! Even with the government-limited issuance of license plates through a monthly lottery, the roads are already congested with their inability

Teaching China’s Worrywarts

This week I was honored with an invitation to do a guest post for my fellow ESL teacher and blogger…Check it out!  Don’t forget to click the “follow” button on my page and help me work torward turning this hobby

The Cavalry’s Here!

Actually, it’s just the Chinese army, but hey, I needed a catchy title…  Military training is a topic included in Oral English class discussions because it is a topic with which all students are familiar and to which have they all

About Taxi Rides

Taxi rides are awesome, especially in China.  They are ridiculously cheap compared to America, even as a foreigner who often gets ripped off because of my stupidity and inexperience.  Not only are they awesome because they are cheap; they are

I Don’t Know Chinese

Traveling is hard.  Traveling with 2 kids and a husband is harder.  Traveling with all of those people relying on my plans in a country where I don’t speak the language is sometimes even temporarily impossible.  Even in our daily