“Why do you so earnestly seek the truth in distant places? Look for delusion and truth in the bottom of your own heart.” ― Ryokan
I work with a pretty incredible group of peers. The people that have similar positions to me are in differentRead more.
#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.Read more.
#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 utterlyRead more.
It hides in the darkness It seethes and thrives It spreads grows feeds on Everything around it Until it isRead more.
When I was offered a chance to move back overseas, I came with the condition that I would need someoneRead more.
This is one of the most interesting mutts I’ve ever seen. It has such striking facial features. It wasn’t whatRead more.
#aphotoaday Breakfast Parties
My wife and I have an “on again off again” relationship with running. Currently, we are “on again”. Each SaturdayRead more.
Living overseas means constant changes. Friendship is no exception. But it only makes them even more highly valued. This isRead more.
#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’tRead more.
#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,Read more.
#aphotoaday Beauty in the Morning
This is what my wife looks like in the morning. I know, right? Even in the morning she glows. ButRead more.
#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. ButRead more.
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,Read more.
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.Read more.
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 isRead more.
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.Read more.
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,Read more.
Eloise’s 3rd Birthday
Eloise had a great birthday! It started on Friday when JK and I brought in cupcakes to share with herRead more.
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 pointRead more.
Last week we had to end the work and school day early because we had imposed traffic regulations because ofRead more.
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.Read more.
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 holdRead more.
It’s quite common practice in China to burn fake money to appease or give money to ghosts or ancestors inRead more.
Fixing a Bike
The nice thing about biking in China is that it’s very common. On the one hand there are a tonRead more.
Lunch at School
Having my office at the school building means I get to see my children periodically throughout the day. I don’tRead more.
Welcoming New Staff
On Saturday we held our annual Welcome Dinner. It’s a time that we kick of the year with a partyRead more.
Helping Make Oatmeal
Micah really likes oatmeal. He would eat it everyday if I let him. Well, actually, he would eat cereal everyday,Read more.
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 toRead more.
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.Read more.
Shopping in China is always a challenge, but add 4 kids dangling from each of your appendages and it makesRead more.
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 toRead more.
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 kidsRead more.
Breakfast Takes too Long
For the last two mornings I’ve made breakfast. Eggs yesterday and pancakes today. When I make food, it usually takesRead more.
The Summer of ’17
The last 2 months have been pretty crazy, with lots of driving, visiting with family, and too many activities toRead more.
Life with a 2 Year OldRead more.
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 learnedRead more.
The other day we went to a friend’s house and my children discovered a Lord of the Rings chess game.Read more.
My Mom’s 30-Day Painting Challenge
Just want to send some props my mom’s way. She just finished a 30-Day Painting challenge and she knocked itRead more.
These are the students that are in Micah’s school. Can you spot Micah?Read more.
Happy #2 to Eloise
Happy birthday to my independent, silly, picky mama’s girl. You definitely keep us on our toes!Read more.
Lucas Riding a Bike
We’ve been working with Lucas for some time now to be able to ride a bike. He’s been so close!Read more.
Selfie at a Crowded Beach
When I had the opportunity to go to Qingdao on some business recently, one of my goals was to getRead more.
Jacquelyn’s Mom’s Visit
We’ve had an incredible visit from Jacquelyn’s mother. She joined us and helped us greatly in getting settled into ourRead more.
These types of toys are all throughout China. They turn and light up and vibrate and play annoying songs, likeRead more.
My New Look
I’ve developed a bit of an eye twitch lately. I’ve been trying to figure out why. Is it stress? IsRead more.
Cinnamon Rolls – You Know It’s True
You know this true about Cinnamon Rolls!Read more.
Micah Taught Himself to Ride a Bike
So, all of the sudden Micah can do this… He did this all on his own. In fact, he gotRead more.
Over Tomb-Sweeping day we went out to Spring Rock for some fun and relaxation. Spring Rock a haven away fromRead more.
Micah’s 5th Birthday
Micah’s had a big year this year. He moved back to his birth country that he hasn’t been to sinceRead more.
Cousins and the Temple of Heaven
When we found out that Jacquelyn’s cousins were going to be in Beijing, we jumped at the opportunity to hangRead more.