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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

Chengdu 成都
This past weekend I “surprised” Jeremy with a weekend away to Chengdu, which he has said he wanted to visit
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July 5th Cont.
To end Zachary’s birthday everybody (that is everybody that loves Zach) went and saw “Transformers”. It was much better then
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Jenny’s Party
This is an update to the previous blog called “Christmas Party”. One of the highlights of the holiday was throwing
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Merry Christmas!
From Christmas We had a wonderful Christmas! We started the day with homemade cinnamin rolls and read to Anna about
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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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To Shanghai and Back Again…Now Repeat
We knew for quite some time that our daughter, Anna’s, passport and visa were going to expire soon. We planned
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Waiting for a job
About a month and a half ago my brother told me about a job opportunity in Nashville, TN, very near,
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New Salt Water Tank
Our “new” fish tank has been sitting for a very long time – a whole 4 months without having any
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Planning for the the Unplanned
My wife and I have been discussing our FSA. Well, it’s not actually “ours” yet, until the 1st of the
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Volunteering – Part 2
Last night we went caroling with our youth group. We visited mostly people from our church, but we also hit
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Volunteering
Ever since Super Storm Sandy hit, JK and I have been trying to think of a way for us as
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Santa
We’re not really big fans of Santa. He’s a nice guy and all, but…well…you know, it’s just that…he’s not real.
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Nothing special
It’s been a long while since my last post and I thought just starting to write would help me start
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Insignificant
Insignificant Whenever I travel I feel insignificant. I see the people around me. They’re talking on phones about their problems,
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Lucas Dunking
Lucas has grown in many since moving back to the States. Both his physical and mental skills have greatly improved.
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Lucas Dunking
Lucas has grown in many since moving back to the States. Both his physical and mental skills have greatly improved.
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Anna’s Ice Skating Show
Anna finally performed her ice show! She did awesome! I’m so proud of how hard to she worked at it.
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Confession
Ok, so I have a confession to make. I’m in a Pyramid Scheme… Well, I guess it’s not really a
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Ordering a House
Anna my 6 year old is screaming from upstairs in her bed for me to come up to her. She’s
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Anna Ice Skating Practice
Anna has come a long way since her First Ice Skating lesson. She can now skate forward and backward. She
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Anna Mae Reciting Psalm 100
Anna has been working very hard in her Bible class at school. Every week she has a verse to memorize.
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Anna Reading “The Daddy Book” Then & Now
My Favorite book of Anna’s is, without a doubt, The Daddy Book, by Todd Park. I’ve been reading this book
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Anna’s 1st 100 Days
Anna has now attended 100 days of school in America! To celebrate this milestone, her Kindergarten threw a 100 Days
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Micah eating sour apple sauce
Micah has just recently started eating solids. To initiate my new smart phone’s camera, I decided to take this hilarious
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Anna’s 1st Ice Skating Lesson
Anna’s been so excited about her ice-skating lesson since we signed her up several weeks ago. I got to take
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Parallels and Win7
So, today I downloaded Parallels and Windows 7 on my Mac. The reason I decided to pull the trigger and
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Update on Life in the USA
We’ve been back in the States for about 3 months now. God has blessed us in many ways since being
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Back in the USA
Dear Supporters, We arrived back in the States just over a week ago. We apologize for the delay of this
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This is Rural
Never have we stayed in such a rural place in China before. It’s so cool to be able to stay
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Doctor’s Office Skit
JK also filmed the skit on our good camera. She edited it as well. See below:        
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Graduation Ceremony
The last day has come. We’ve taken all that the kids have learned and done in these last few weeks
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Sports, Beach and Celebration
Thursday was a super busy and fun day. After English class we got to play some sporty type games. We
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What is American Cooking?
In our travels in China we often talk about the cultural differences between the US and China. It’s actually a
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Colors and Tie-dye Shirts
Tuesday has come and gone. We had a great time with the campers. The day’s theme was colors. We taught
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The Campers are here!
The campers finally arrived! We started out with English class. The children learned simple phrases like “hello, how are you”?
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Anna Singing in the Shower
Anna learned a new song last week and has been singing it often. She doesn’t quite get the order right,
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Anna’s Ready for Tomorrow
For weeks we’ve been talking about coming to Beihai. Anna has been intrigued by this mysterious place that her mom
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Cafeteria Food
I was so disappointed when we didn’t get a chance to eat at the Burger King at the Shanghai airport.
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Cooking Run-through
Getting buy-in from the LSV kids is a pretty big deal around here. There are 14 kids that live on
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A Trip to Beihai
Today we went to Beihai City. Although LSV is technically in Beihai, it’s actually about a 50 min drive from
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The Routine
Today we started to get used to the routine a bit. After eating breakfast Anna plays and has a ss-type
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Dealing with the Heat
In the night Anna was still feverish once the meds wore off. At about 3am she was calling me from
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Day 1
Last night we made it to Beihai. It’s hot here. Thankfully the unit we are staying in is equipped with
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On the Way to Beihai
Well, we had a little trouble getting to Beihai yesterday. Waking up late + lots of luggage + taking an
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My Boy, Lucas
Lucas spends most of his time in his own world. When he wakes up he looks around for a little
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Update from the Carmans: Off to Beihai!
Thank you so much for all the support that we have received from you all. We’re off to the airport this morning
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Goodbye Carmans BBQ
Today our friends had a BBQ in our honor. Not everyone was able to attend b/c many are on their
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“We Love the Greenes”
About 3 years ago we met the Greenes. We were selected to be their host family for their arrival to
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Out with our Neighbors
Since we’ve been living in Qingdao we’ve enjoyed living in the same apartment. In most places getting know your neighbors
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Big Waves at Ruyi
This is one thing that we will really miss about our home in Qingdao. It’s been super cool to live
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