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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

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.
Anna Prefers Bike.mp4 Watch on Posterous
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Eastern Hymn Cover
Ever since I heard David Crowder’s “Eastern Hymn”,  I wanted to do it. I finally got the chance last Sunday.
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Watching Dora in Chinese
The kids watching Dora in Chinese. (Letting mommy & daddy make dinner.
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Had lots of fun at the beach today with the fam!
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Update from the Carmans in China
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Things are winding down at the school. A…
Things are winding down at the school. After today and tomorrow…start the next phase of life…
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Anna said, “Daddy, you’re awesome.” the other day. Those words sound like something Jacquelyn would say. I’m very thankful for
Anna said, “Daddy, you’re awesome.” the other day. Those words sound like something Jacquelyn would say. I’m very thankful for
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5 Second Rule
From time to time, our family makes good use of the 5 Second Rule (which actually has some merit…). The
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You know you’re old when you brag about being in bed by 10
Below is a recent conversation with a friend: Me: Dude, you should totally get a Tommyboy (It’s a Milk Tea
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What can I say? His smile is contagious…
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Anna the Baller
The last couple of weeks I’ve been helping out with Qingdao Youth Basketball League. It’s for kids Kindergarten to 5th
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Dad: Do you know what “Stealing” means? Anna: Yeah, it’s when I hold a ball and Daddy steals it from
We were going over the Advent calendar as a family. This particular day we talked about the 10 Commandments. We
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When my Family is Gone
Watching a game. …………………………………………….. I didn’t used to like soccer. Announcer is speaking Chinese. …………………………… I can under a bit
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Friend: So did appendectomy surgery help? Me: Well, it prevented death…so, yeah, it helped.
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Appendix Gone
So last weekend I had my appendix taken out. Friday night I started to feel nauseous, but didn’t think anything
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Rebekah’s Wedding
This past weekend my family and I had the privilege of going to my assistant’s wedding. The wedding was in
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Ruth’s Baby
I just want the world to know that I predict that Ruth’s baby will be within the 7 pound range.
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Anna has always liked to “help” with the dishes. But this time was the first time that she actually helped.
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Anna woke up with an upset stomach. Anna: I’m not well. Can you call Eliana (her friend) and tell her?
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My Friend the Movie Star
This past Christmas we got to go back to the States. Of the many areas that we hit, one was
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*Video – Ode to the Binky
Every now and then the family will have a jam/dance session. J-Dogg leads on the guitar, Anna the Orchid interprets
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Lucas’ First Crawl…Combat Style
Lucas is now 8 and a half months. He’s getting bigger everyday and learning new things. He’s just picked up
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Anna’s Dead Fish
Well, it happens. Fish die. As you know, Anna got a new fish tank. We’ve had a good time taking
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I love it when Anna helps me make coffee
On the weekends Anna and I have this routine of making coffee and “me-meal” (oatmeal). Anna does practically the whole
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After using the net to remove a dead fish from her tank, Anna said, “Let’s get some more!” I think
After using the net to remove a dead fish from her tank, Anna said, “Let’s get some more!” I think
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Anna’s New Fish Tank
On Thursday we went to a somewhat large market to buy some fruit and vegetables. At the same place, in
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I was again shown the honesty of the people of Qingdao
Yesterday all of us went out to eat at Subway (the newest Western food joint in town) then to Computer
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Anna: Do I have school today? Dad: Yes. Anna: Did you ask Mommy?
Since I have had this week off from work, I’ve been getting Anna ready for school in the morning. Today
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To the Playground
This week I’m on Spring Break! I’ve really enjoyed taking Anna to the bus and picking her up from school
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China Day: I’m More Chinese than You
Recently the school where I work put on a China Day show. It featured our staff, students, and some local
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Just added a plugin to my blog/fb
This is a test to see if my plugin works correctly for my http://blog.jalopyhead.com website.
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Goodbye Spit Up
Lucas’s goodbye hug to me this morning included spit up all over my shirt. I guess he wanted me to
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Night Night at the Homestead
Our week here in China is probably much like everyone else’s week in the world…we’re just doing it halfway around
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Happy Birthday, A-Mae
Anna Mae is now 4 years old! What an exciting time in all of our lives. Anna is so full
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Sea Apple
We recently bought what we thought was a coral for our salt water fish tank. However, it turns out it
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