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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

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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The Movers are Here!
The movers have arrived! Not sure how they do it in other countries, but here it is full service. We’ve
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Daddy Date: The Last in Qingdao
Anna and I took a break from the packing up and went Yogurt Garden. It’s a self-serve yogurt place. Kinda
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Micah in the Bath
Micah enjoyed his bath today.
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Post via email solution
When I initially moved my blog from blogspot to my own domain and purchased webspace, the motivation was three fold:
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Anna’s Last Ride at the playplace
As mentioned in a previous post, we went to the wanda playplace for the last time the other day. Anna’s
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My New ‘Do’
I’ve always said that I would NEVER do the “comb-over” upon going bald. Well, I’ve stayed true to my word
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Sights while walking around in Qingdao
Today I picked up Anna from her preschool and took some fun pics of my kids and the local community
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Just realized I don’t have any pics of Micah on my blog…!
Looking through my blog I realized I didn't have any pics of Micah! Here's a not so good one. It
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Lucas at the Playplace
Today we went to the 万达 (Wan Da) playplace for probably the last time. Since they opened up about a
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Lucas: Ready. Set. Go.
Lucas hasn’t been keen to talk so far in his life. However, this is starting to change. He’s repeating things
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Anna riding her bike. She’s a pro now.
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