Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lack of Better Words

So, I'll use pictures to summarize our last month...

We discovered a yummy Western-style restaurant and drank
coke out of mason jars... Just like being in the South

Above Brynn is testing students to place them into English Level

Below Cody is also testing a student before school begins


City Lights at Night

Beautiful Sunrise shot off our balcony; We are seeing many sunrises
this year because the girls have began a Zumba class at 5am three
days a week. We have really seen Him bring joy in the morning this year!


This is us at the groundbreaking ceremony of our new school building.
It was a really big deal. Many high officials were there and spoke
about our school and pledged their support of our school! It was a really
neat thing to be a part of!

All the important people cutting the red ribbon!
There were fireworks and confetti and gifts for those who attended.


Mid-Autumn Festival- These are some pictures of the traditional
foods eaten at Mid-Autumn Festival with our precious Chinese
friends in the background.



Nancy


Moon Cakes- these are eaten at the festival and often given as
gifts during this time of year.

On our break we headed out for some fun, this a man singing at the
local Breakfast Street- where you can find all kinds of Wuhan
specialities. We enjoyed trying all kinds of food and walking
 through the seas of people.

Some local food


We can't escape being interviewed or getting our pictures taken.
Really, we are quite the spectacle. I don't really understand it.


We took a Limo (yeah, RIGHT!) over to the local shopping area!

We road a ferry across the river to get the other part of our city.
Our city is divided into three smaller cities.

New teammate, but old, precious friend, Ashley


We found REAL American donuts!! To say we were excited is
and understatement. We have learned to appreciate the little
things in life!

Some of the girls at the Night Market- getting ready to shop til we drop!

I always love the balloon man so I finally got a picture of him!

Happy October! We hope you all are doing well and enjoyed seeing a little glimpse of our life over the past month!

Much Love.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

First Day of School

We've had an exciting last couple of days. We spent the weekend making final preparations for our first school week and in our home for Nancy's arrival. She came Sunday at 3 and we had the opportunity to celebrate her birthday with her family and the Hs before she had to say goodbye to her family. We were surprised by her reaction when they left. She excitedly jumped up and down and waved goodbye as they walked out the door... and then the door closed she went back to the puzzle she was working on before they left, and there we sat wondering, "Now, what do we do!?" We didn't have time to sit and wonder long though because it was time for our weekly PC and A tradition. We go to the Hs home every Sunday night for popcorn, cheese, and apples and a good movie (well, sometimes a good movie, we do what we can considering.) So, we headed out the door and over to the Hs and watched Mighty Ducks 2. I tried my best along the way to explain to Nancy what we would be doing and what popcorn is (I think she liked it).  We returned home and it was just about time for bed. We read an exciting story about David and Goliath and she was off to dreamland in no time! When it was time to wake up this morning, she popped out of bed with that sweet smile of hers and it wasn't long before she was standing at the front door with her backpack and shoes on telling us it was time to go! And go we did... ALL DAY LONG! First days of school are exciting, but they sure are exhausting! We had to finish testing all of our new students (around 70) to make sure they were placed in the correct English class. Here in the Middle Kingdom there is a national tv broadcast for students to watch on the first day of school so we spent half of the day watching tv. It has been a great day and we are working hard on getting into routines, setting schedules, and learning to communicate with one another. We are thankful for your thoughts as we transition into this new life for us. We are so excited about all that is store and trusting him to meet us where we are in whatever situation we find ourselves in!

The Birthday Princess

 
First Day of School Picture


 

Sitting in her desk at school!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

We're Back on the Other Side

It’s hard to believe 2 weeks ago we were boarding planes headed for the other side of the pond. The summer flew by just as fast as it came. We enjoyed sweet time visiting precious family and friends. We enjoyed seeing familiar faces and places. Saying goodbye was bittersweet; it’s not easy knowing we won’t see those familiar faces and places for quite some time, but at the same time, we were excitedly anticipating all that He has planned for us this year… looking forward to a 6 year old little girl joining us in our home, seeing our wonderful teammates, welcoming new teammates, and beginning a new school year feeling refreshed and uplifted through our time at home.

There was something about arriving back here. The places that seemed so interesting and sometimes scary were now normal and familiar. The tasks that were so daunting last year seemed to come easy. We can even cook good food, which was quite a struggle this time last year. We could quickly tell this year was going to be different than last year. We were challenged not to let last year dictate this year. So many times it is easy to let our past experiences dictate our future. We wanted to be sure not to do that and we were immediately given the opportunity to put it to the test with having to do medical checks again this year. Last year at the medical exams was the beginning of a lot anxiety and concerns about my health. We went this year clinging to the truth and promises of a good and faithful Father who told me last January that I had been healed. We were blessed when all came back clear from those exams.  While we know that this road He has led us on will not be easy, we know this year will be different from the last year because of all that He has taught us and all that He has brought us through.  He is faithful. He is trustworthy. He is my healer.

We have hit the ground sprinting. Our first day of school is September 3rd so until then we are sitting through meetings, preparing lesson plans, and making our classrooms pretty. We made a monstrous grocery trip to get us set up for a while. On Friday night, we invited Nancy’s family over for dinner and had her stay the night with us for the first time with our teammates’ daughters. We had a big time swimming until 10pm and a late night slumber party, watching Tangled. We were excited to see her really bond with us and trust us. She was quick to look for us if she lost sight of us, and would only let me hold her in the pool.  We also saw how much she has to learn about how we do things in our house in comparison to the way she is used to. We know this will not be easy with the minimum amount of language each of us has, but we are trusting Him to work all these things out and knowing that He is greater than any language barrier. When He calls us to something He never says it’ll be easy, but He does promise to walk through it with us! We are thankful for His promises, and thankful for your thoughts as we walk through this journey.



Friday, May 4, 2012

Guangzhou

So we took a little trip on a train down South to Guangzhou. We had a lovely time and it was so nice to get out and about and see some more of China. It was Cody's first time to make it down to Guangzhou and he liked it just as much as I did the first time. It brought back sweet memories of being there last December. We left Saturday night after school (yep, we had school on a Saturday) and took a night train where we slept on bunk beds through the night and woke up in Guangzhou. Sunday, we spent the day at the zoo. It was a really great zoo. We saw many neat animals. We even got to feed the giraffes! We hung out in Guangzhou on Monday and did some good shopping and some good eating and then boarded a fast train on Tuesday afternoon just in time to begin school on Wednesday morning.  Fun was had by all!

Nehem and Cody waiting at the train station. We were running
late that night because we sat still in traffic for a long time, but
when we arrived at the station, the train was delayed! He was
looking out for us!

Nehem never misses a photo opp.. and always makes the most of it!

Finally hopped on the train and began our adventure!

We stopped to pose with the flamingos.. They were beautiful and there
were even a few little babies!


Feeding the giraffes.. so fun!

We went to an Elephant Show. 
Elephants really are amazing!

Please ignore how awful we look.. we had been on a train all night
and in the humidity all day walking through the zoo.. It's the best
we could do! :)

Koala Bears!

Kangaroos with a baby in their pouch!

The girls played dress up in a store while we shopped!
 They took the fun wherever we went!


Worn out from a full day of shopping

On the fast train home!


Thanks for your thoughts. It won't be long until we are back in Mississippi for the Summer.
We are looking forward to it and looking forward to sharing all that He has done.

P.S. We just sent out our first newsletter of the year. If you interested in receiving our monthly newsletters, please send us your email address and we'll be happy to send it your way!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Back to the Gardens...

We had the opportunity to enjoy some more of Spring yesterday on an Elementary field trip. This is the second time in the past week that I have been able to go to the botannical gardens. This time, I was able to see a little more than I saw the first. Sadly, many of the flowers had already lost their petals.  I really enjoyed spending the day outside of class and hearing them speaking English to me was so fun!


My 4 students for the day! They are pretty cute!

Peaking through the leaves. So beautiful!

Always gotta strike a pose!

So happy! No class today!


Taking a little snack break

When in China, do as the Chinese.. throw up a peace sign for every picture.

Beautiful azealea bushes. I really loved these. They reminded me of home.

These are my new favorites!

What a hat!

I just love my kiddos!


 I just love this smile.

And I just love this man! :)
Enjoying each day He gives us here... So thankful for the Spring and the reminder of His love through the beauty around us. We are praising Him for the work of His hands.