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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

Jacquelyn B-day ’07
Happy Birthday, Jacquelyn!!! For Jacquelyn’s birthday, we had a small get together (only 20 people) to celebrate. Below are the
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Lame, lame, lame
Last week I kept getting a message all in Chinese as I would try to access web pages. Randomly this
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Who does Anna Look Like?
I put this on our other website not long after Anna was born, but thought it would be fun to
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BJ Small Group
The past two years we were in a small group that meet every other Monday. This group was very supportive
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Smells like Korean food . . .
The other day Jeremy & I wanted to go out for cheap Chinese food so we asked were a good
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Underwater World
We have been trying to get around Qingdao and enjoy the sites while the weather is still nice. So on
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QingDao, A Beautiful City
Yup, this is where we live!! Aren’t you jealous? I am and I already live here. For the first few
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Anna & her doll
Anna has always loved books and recently she has discovered a new love for dolls. So now Anna thinks that
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Anna Has Hair
The other day I realized that Anna has enough hair that I can actually put it up in pigtails. I
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Qingdao Polar World
Our first sightseeing in Qingdao was to Polar World. We were very excited to take Anna, I don’t think she
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Anna’s New Friend
Anna is adjusting to the new city pretty well. She is making lots of friends and her mom is trying
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QingDao Retreat
This past weekend all the staff and their families from our school went to LaoShan (a mountain) and stayed at
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Scenes From Our Beach
Here are some pictures from our beach. Enjoy!
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Qing Dizzle Baby!!!
Well, we’ve made it through our first two weeks of living in Qingdao! We apologize for taking so long to
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Goodbye to Friends
The hardest part about leaving Beijing was saying goodbye to our friends. We certainly were blessed to have the friends
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Reflecting on Beijing
Tomorrow we will be moving from the life that we have made for ourselves for the last two years. In
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Running into Stereotypes
Right now I am rubbing my head in pain and laughing at the same time. As I was coming out
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The Last Day of School
It’s official – we are finished home schooling Matt & Alicia. Today, June 1st, was our last day of school.
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The Latrine
You remember the first time you thought about flushing your brother or sister (nephew in my case) down the toilet?
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The Bubble
 Going to like minded schools people say that you are living in a bubble, shielded from the world. I won’t
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Let’s go for a ride
  The weather is perfect for bike riding! Jeremy came home one day from a 3 hour bike ride with
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10 New Things I Love About You!
Here are 10 NEW things that Anna can do: 10. Splashes in Puddles9. Throws a Ball8. Stacks blocks and then
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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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Le Shan Park 乐山大佛
On Saturday we went to see 乐山大佛 (Le Shan Giant Buddha). It almost was a disaster. After driving for 2
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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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Pandas
Sunday Morning Jeremy and I finished our Chengdu trip with visiting the pandas. We got there early so we could
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“Good Bye”
Thursday, May 17, our company had a surprise goodbye picnic for us. Unfortunately it was extremely windy so we were
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TaoRanTing Park
Our last day of holiday we took Anna to a park downtown that had a children’s play area. It was
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Minorities Park
     Happy May 1st! (China’s Labor day) Today, since it is a national holiday the Carmans and our friends had the
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Summer Palace
Our May holiday has officially begun! Our friends from Wuhan (The Clays) came up to show their friend from the
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Happy Day!
Morning Star (aka ChenXing) is a Chinese school down the road from where we live that Jeremy & I taught
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Beijing Blue Zoo
We took Anna to the Beijing Blue Zoo which is a small aquarium. It was a lot of fun because
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Future in China
We have finally made a decision about our fate here in China. Our motto for the past few months has
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Beijing Botanical Gardens
Spring Is Finally Here! Friday, April 20, the Carman family went on an outing to the Beijing Botanical Gardens. We
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Anna Mae’s 1st Year
A Year In Review
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My Pooy Baby!
Yesterday (April 10), after we came home from our walk, I was putting Anna’s stroller away when I heard that
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Happy Resurrection Day!
Today we had a lovely service at our fellowship celebrating resurrection Sunday. We sang great songs, saw the kids do
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Happy Easter!
This Friday at school we had an egg decorating activity. It was a lot of fun to just sit with
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Sad Good Byes!
After 7 weeks we had to say good bye to our new friends the Clays. Lisa Clay came and lived
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The Plummers
These are are friends Lee & Becky Plummer! Since in China Jeremy & I have become friends with Lee &
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Anna Mae’s 1st Birthday!
March 5, 2007 ~ Anna Mae Delores turned 1! We celebrated with pumpkin spice cake and a few presents.Since we
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Growing Up!
Anna Mae is getting big soo fast. Her 1st birthday is next week;she is walking and has such a personality.Today
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End of one Class…Start of another
Hi everyone. Nothing too exciting going on here lately. We’ve spent the last 2 weeks on Chinese New Year Holiday.
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Anna Mae @ the Park
Just a couple of fun pictures of Anna at the Park.
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*Video – Shackles Off My Feet!
Shackles Off My Feet! (High Quality) Video not running smoothly? Try pressing “pause” for a few minutes.Click Here for Lower
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Sorry for not blogging lately
We do apologize for not keeping in contact with you as much lately. One reason is that the Internet here
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MBA Scare
My MBA courses have already started up again. This semester I am taking Managerial Finance and Organizational Behavior. We had
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Christmas Party
Every Saturday morning I (Jeremy) go to the local foreign grocery store to teach basic English to the workers. The
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Birthday Celebration with the Newsboys
Well, we’ve done it again! Last year we were able to see Steven Curtis Chapman in concert, and this year
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