“Why do you so earnestly seek the truth in distant places? Look for delusion and truth in the bottom of your own heart.” ― Ryokan
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.
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 itRead more.
These are the students that are in Micah’s school. Can you spot Micah?Read more.
Happy #2 to Eloise
Happy birthday to my independent, silly, picky mama’s girl. You definitely keep us on our toes!Read more.
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!Read more.
Selfie at a Crowded Beach
When I had the opportunity to go to Qingdao on some business recently, one of my goals was to getRead more.
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 ourRead more.
These types of toys are all throughout China. They turn and light up and vibrate and play annoying songs, likeRead more.
My New Look
I’ve developed a bit of an eye twitch lately. I’ve been trying to figure out why. Is it stress? IsRead more.
Cinnamon Rolls – You Know It’s True
You know this true about Cinnamon Rolls!Read more.
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 gotRead more.
Over Tomb-Sweeping day we went out to Spring Rock for some fun and relaxation. Spring Rock a haven away fromRead more.
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 sinceRead more.
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 hangRead more.
A Walk at the Square
Just some shots of Eloise at a local square.Read more.
Anna has really jumped in to life here in China. Although she misses her friends in the States dearly, sheRead more.
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’sRead more.
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 seeingRead more.
…to the time It’s been a full week since we’ve arrived in China and we’re getting adjusted nicely. Plus, we’veRead more.
We made it to China!
After many days of packing parties and last minute preparations, we woke up on Monday, Jan 11th and started packingRead more.
New Apartment Pics
While we’ve been busy finalizing everything here in the States, our new friends in China have been busy preparing forRead more.
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 12Read more.
Good Grief…of Leaving
Leaving means replacement. Leaving means moving on. Leaving means trying to end well. Leaving means fear. Leaving is hard. AndRead more.
With our latest leg of paperwork completed, we can now predict when we’ll be able to head out to China!Read more.
The Christmas Picture
Oh, Christmas pictures. The joy. The family unity. The cooperation of children with their totally relaxed parents. I didn’t banRead more.
Jacquelyn has been wanting a Fitbit for the last few months. So, when Black Friday came up and we foundRead more.
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 aRead more.
Going back to China!
We’re very happy to announce that we are on our way back to China! To quote a few of ourRead more.
Carrying the Flag
Every Sunday at church the children sit in the main service until the offering. And every Sunday two of theRead more.
Saturday after some morning errands we headed out to Minnewaska. On the way up the mountain, Jacquelyn did some research onlineRead more.
Stunning 9 Year Old
This picture brings a wave of emotions. Firstly, she’s just plain beautiful. She’s really grown into a beautiful youngRead more.
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 toRead more.
Today we went to our kids’ favorite park, Bowdoin Park. It’s not the closest park, but it’s definitely the biggestRead more.
Working Out with Mama
Eloise has really been growing up. Each day she’s becoming more and more independent. Today I caught her imitating herRead more.
Redeeming Myself (with Pizza)
A few weeks ago I shared my failed attempt at making an aesthetically pleasing dinner. Well, today I had anRead more.
Dear Mister Vandal…
…You’re a jerk.Read more.
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 aRead more.
Apple Picking 2015
Today we headed out for our annual pilgrimage to pick apples. This year we headed to Fishkill Farms instead ofRead more.
#projectcapture is about capturing the personalities of my children in pictures. Though we have four children at this point, I’mRead more.
#projectcapture is about capturing the personalities of my children in pictures. #capturingmicah was probably the easiest as Micah is theRead more.
#projectcapture is about capturing the personalities of my children in pictures. #capturinglucas took the most thought. Lucas expresses himself more inRead more.
#projectcapture is about capturing the personalities of my children in pictures. Anna is my light. She’s a joy to allRead more.
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 halfRead more.
Ever since we went to the Mets game a few weeks ago, my whole family has gotten into baseball. Anna’sRead more.
Raising Old Men
So we spent a couple of days at the Great Wolf Lodge. We had lots of fun – though, I’mRead more.
Heroes of Change
We’ve recently gone through some changes in our church. Changes that I’m quite excited about. Changes that I think areRead more.