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“Why do you so earnestly seek the truth in distant places? Look for delusion and truth in the bottom of your own heart.” ― Ryokan

#aphotoaday China Traffic
I love this photo. It’s not that I did a great job taking the shot. I didn’t and it could
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#aphotoaday Buses
We take buses just about every day. Most of the time we’re taking a charter bus to the school. But
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#aphotoaday Bird Throwing Hobby
Ever heard of “Bird Throwing”? Yeah, me neither. “What is it”, you ask? Well, it’s quite literally throwing a bird.
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#aphotoaday Jiggity Jig
This is another guest post from my daughter, Anna. She got me dancing. Well, it probably shouldn’t be called dancing…anything,
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#aphotoaday Hole in the Wall
When you think of the phrase, “hole in the wall restaurant” in China, this is what comes to mind. The
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#aphotoaday Concentration
Lucas, once settled from other distractions, has an uncanny ability to remain focused on something for a long time. Of
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#aphotoaday View of your Dad
My daughter, Anna, is my second guest poster in this series. It’s an interesting shot and it got me thinking
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#aphotoaday Sleepy
This is my first guest photo on this #aphotoaday series. It was taken by my wife. I was discussing with
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#aphotoaday Milk Tea
Milk tea is a thing here. And we’re really into it. This is from our favorite milk tea place called,
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#aphotoaday Sunset in Tianjin
Our city gets a bad wrap because it’s known for being polluted…and it’s true. We do have alot of pollution.
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#aphotoaday Christmas Tree
Christmas trees remind of us Jacquelyn’s mom. She loved decorating for Christmas. We’ve had a hard time taking the tree
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#aphotoaday Violin
In coming back to China, one of things we really wanted to see was our children continue learning violin. Over
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#aphotoaday Chinese Shack
Outside my office, in the otherwise sprawling surroundings of educational facilities that make up an international school and a university,
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#aphotoaday Peers
I work with a pretty incredible group of peers. The people that have similar positions to me are in different
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#aphotoaday Mirror of the Past
In my daily interactions with my children I don’t typically think about the fact that my children look like me.
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#aphotoaday For the Love of Reading
If you’ve been around my house, you’ve seen this as a normal occurrence. I envy her ability to be utterly
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#aphotoaday Light
It hides in the darkness It seethes and thrives It spreads grows feeds on Everything around it Until it is
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#aphotoaday Mentor
When I was offered a chance to move back overseas, I came with the condition that I would need someone
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#aphotoaday Dog
This is one of the most interesting mutts I’ve ever seen. It has such striking facial features. It wasn’t what
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#aphotoaday Breakfast Parties
My wife and I have an “on again off again” relationship with running. Currently, we are “on again”. Each Saturday
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#aphotoaday Friend
Living overseas means constant changes. Friendship is no exception. But it only makes them even more highly valued. This is
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#aphotoaday An Apple a Day
When I was young my mom would tell me the bruised parts were where all the vitamins were. I didn’t
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#aphotoaday Sneaky Little Pitter-Patters
Sneaky little pitter-patters are about this evening. This one’s supposed to be in bed. She’s not the first one up,
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#aphotoaday Beauty in the Morning
This is what my wife looks like in the morning. I know, right? Even in the morning she glows. But
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#aphotoaday Morning Game Time
Micah’s usually our early riser. He’s also the first one done with getting ready to go in the morning. But
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Carmans and Greenes Together Again
We were thrilled to have our friends, the Greenes, stay with us again for Christmas. We had lots of fun,
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Thanksgiving in China ’17
This hasn’t been most ideal Thanksgiving. With the passing of my mother-in-law, it’s kinda thrown our family out of sorts.
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Lucas and Micah’s Drawings
Every week our 3rd grader brings home a movie from the school’s library. One particular DVD they bring home is
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Funeral of Vangie Smith
Although it wasn’t surprising, it still hurts none-the-less. My mother-in-law has passed away. She lived well and she loved hard.
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Chaos at the Weighing Station
In China, as in most places, most fruit and vegetables have to be weighed before you can buy them. Normally,
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Eloise’s 3rd Birthday
Eloise had a great birthday! It started on Friday when JK and I brought in cupcakes to share with her
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Dragon’s Head. Where the Wall Meets the Sea.
Recently, on a trip out of town for a training, we got the opportunity to go to the furthest point
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Flower Face
Last week we had to end the work and school day early because we had imposed traffic regulations because of
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Don’t tell jokes while driving
Here in China, just like everywhere else, they place important messages on street signs to remind you of driving safely.
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Ode to Brown Leather Belt
You have served me well, brown leather belt. You’ve been hugging my hips for a long time. You definitely hold
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Ghost Festival
It’s quite common practice in China to burn fake money to appease or give money to ghosts or ancestors in
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Fixing a Bike
The nice thing about biking in China is that it’s very common. On the one hand there are a ton
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Lunch at School
Having my office at the school building means I get to see my children periodically throughout the day. I don’t
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Welcoming New Staff
On Saturday we held our annual Welcome Dinner. It’s a time that we kick of the year with a party
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Helping Make Oatmeal
Micah really likes oatmeal. He would eat it everyday if I let him. Well, actually, he would eat cereal everyday,
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First Day of School ’17 #2
Today was the first day of school for the rest of the children. Each one was excited and seemed to
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First Day of School ’17 #1
Our youngest started school today! She’s starting in the school’s ECC program. We’ll probably send her 3 days a week.
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Shopping
Shopping in China is always a challenge, but add 4 kids dangling from each of your appendages and it makes
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Meet our Solar Water Heater
 …at least the digital mechanism that controls it. We’ve never had anything solar powered before. So when I went to
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Funny Saying of the Day – Howling
Words you don’t hear everyday: Jacquelyn very serious and sternly says, “What have I said about howling?” (Before the kids
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Breakfast Takes too Long
For the last two mornings I’ve made breakfast. Eggs yesterday and pancakes today. When I make food, it usually takes
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The Summer of ’17
The last 2 months have been pretty crazy, with lots of driving, visiting with family, and too many activities to
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Life with a 2 Year Old
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Biking in the Big City
Today we rode our bikes to fellowship. This is the second time we’ve ridden there on bikes since Lucas learned
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Playing Chess
The other day we went to a friend’s house and my children discovered a Lord of the Rings chess game.
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