“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 couldRead more.
We take buses just about every day. Most of the time we’re taking a charter bus to the school. ButRead more.
#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.Read more.
#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,Read more.
#aphotoaday Hole in the Wall
When you think of the phrase, “hole in the wall restaurant” in China, this is what comes to mind. TheRead more.
Lucas, once settled from other distractions, has an uncanny ability to remain focused on something for a long time. OfRead more.
#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 thinkingRead more.
This is my first guest photo on this #aphotoaday series. It was taken by my wife. I was discussing withRead more.
#aphotoaday Milk Tea
Milk tea is a thing here. And we’re really into it. This is from our favorite milk tea place called,Read more.
#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.Read more.
#aphotoaday Christmas Tree
Christmas trees remind of us Jacquelyn’s mom. She loved decorating for Christmas. We’ve had a hard time taking the treeRead more.
In coming back to China, one of things we really wanted to see was our children continue learning violin. OverRead more.
#aphotoaday Chinese Shack
Outside my office, in the otherwise sprawling surroundings of educational facilities that make up an international school and a university,Read more.
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.