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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

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 it
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Micah’s School
These are the students that are in Micah’s school. Can you spot Micah?
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Happy #2 to Eloise
Happy birthday to my independent, silly, picky mama’s girl. You definitely keep us on our toes!
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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!
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Selfie at a Crowded Beach
When I had the opportunity to go to Qingdao on some business recently, one of my goals was to get
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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 our
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Liability
These types of toys are all throughout China. They turn and light up and vibrate and play annoying songs, like
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My New Look
I’ve developed a bit of an eye twitch lately. I’ve been trying to figure out why. Is it stress? Is
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Cinnamon Rolls – You Know It’s True
You know this true about Cinnamon Rolls!
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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 got
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Spring Rock
Over Tomb-Sweeping day we went out to Spring Rock for some fun and relaxation. Spring Rock a haven away from
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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 since
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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 hang
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A Walk at the Square
Just some shots of Eloise at a local square.
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Anna’s Birthday
Anna has really jumped in to life here in China. Although she misses her friends in the States dearly, she
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Old Friends for the New Year
We’re right in the middle of the Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year is most similarly compared to the West’s
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Things We See in Tianjin
These past weeks we have experienced many firsts as a family here in our new city. Since everything we’re seeing
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Getting Adjusted…
…to the time It’s been a full week since we’ve arrived in China and we’re getting adjusted nicely. Plus, we’ve
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We made it to China!

After many days of packing parties and last minute preparations, we woke up on Monday, Jan 11th and started packing
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New Apartment Pics
While we’ve been busy finalizing everything here in the States, our new friends in China have been busy preparing for
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Saying Goodbye to my Tractor
I’m standing at the top of the driveway, waving goodbye. Just five minutes ago I looked down at a 12
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Good Grief…of Leaving
Leaving means replacement. Leaving means moving on. Leaving means trying to end well. Leaving means fear. Leaving is hard. And
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Target Date
With our latest leg of paperwork completed, we can now predict when we’ll be able to head out to China!
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The Christmas Picture
Oh, Christmas pictures. The joy. The family unity. The cooperation of children with their totally relaxed parents. I didn’t ban
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Fitbit Walkout
Jacquelyn has been wanting a Fitbit for the last few months. So, when Black Friday came up and we found
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A Quick trip to the Midwest and the South
Every year we take a trip out to Ohio for Thanksgiving where JK’s brother and family host us and a
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Going back to China!
We’re very happy to announce that we are on our way back to China! To quote a few of our
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Carrying the Flag
Every Sunday at church the children sit in the main service until the offering. And every Sunday two of the
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Minnewaska
Saturday after some morning errands we headed out to Minnewaska. On the way up the mountain, Jacquelyn did some research online
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Stunning 9 Year Old
   This picture brings a wave of emotions. Firstly, she’s just plain beautiful. She’s really grown into a beautiful young
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Bath Time: 3 in the Tub
Bath time is always fun. The boys love to play in the tub and probably don’t even need toys to
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Bowdoin Park
Today we went to our kids’ favorite park, Bowdoin Park. It’s not the closest park, but it’s definitely the biggest
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Working Out with Mama
Eloise has really been growing up. Each day she’s becoming more and more independent. Today I caught her imitating her
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Redeeming Myself (with Pizza)
A few weeks ago I shared my failed attempt at making an aesthetically pleasing dinner. Well, today I had an
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Dear Mister Vandal…
…You’re a jerk.
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Can we do Devotions in the Morning?
How in the world would I possibly be able to say no to such a request? Anna has such a
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Apple Picking 2015
Today we headed out for our annual pilgrimage to pick apples. This year we headed to Fishkill Farms instead of
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#projectcapture #capturingeloise
#projectcapture is about capturing the personalities of my children in pictures. Though we have four children at this point, I’m
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#projectcapture #capturingmicah
#projectcapture is about capturing the personalities of my children in pictures. #capturingmicah was probably the easiest as Micah is the
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#projectcapture #capturinglucas
#projectcapture is about capturing the personalities of my children in pictures. #capturinglucas took the most thought. Lucas expresses himself more in
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#projectcapture #capturinganna
#projectcapture is about capturing the personalities of my children in pictures. Anna is my light. She’s a joy to all
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Cooking Dinner and Enjoying the Pitching Machine
The other day I saw a Facebook video showing how to make a cheeseburger hot dog. The video was half
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Backyard Baseball
Ever since we went to the Mets game a few weeks ago, my whole family has gotten into baseball. Anna’s
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Raising Old Men
So we spent a couple of days at the Great Wolf Lodge. We had lots of fun – though, I’m
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Heroes of Change
We’ve recently gone through some changes in our church. Changes that I’m quite excited about. Changes that I think are
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The (not golden) Bridge
Last night I went to the Mid-Hudson Bridge to get some shots for work. We’re doing a fundraiser for an
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Door-to-Door Book Salesman
So, a couple of days ago we had a door-to-door book salesman come by. The plates on his car were
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Turn Up The Heat
It is said that SiChuan (四川)has the best food in China, it also has the spiciest food! Jeremy and I
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Qing Dao Polar World
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Bring On The Rolls
My son was born at a healthy weight of 6lbs 15oz but quickly began to lose weight, as do most
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