“Why do you so earnestly seek the truth in distant places? Look for delusion and truth in the bottom of your own heart.” ― Ryokan
Every Thursday my mother & father babysit for my brother’s three children. This past Thursday my sister from PA wasRead more.
We arrived in America and started right away reuniting with cousins. Can you guess who was more excited to seeRead more.
Snow @ the Beach
It snowed the Friday before Anna & I left for America. I was so excited to have my daughter playRead more.
Question: (Jeremy…rhetorically) “What child likes clams?” Answer: (Our Chinese helper…unimpressed) “Any child who grows up in Qingdao”…duh.Read more.
Jeremy B-day ’07
Annual Birthday-Bowling-Bash!!! Not only did I (Jeremy) lose to everyone (except the 10 year-old girl), but I had the singleRead more.
Jacquelyn B-day ’07
Happy Birthday, Jacquelyn!!! For Jacquelyn’s birthday, we had a small get together (only 20 people) to celebrate. Below are theRead more.
Lame, lame, lame
Last week I kept getting a message all in Chinese as I would try to access web pages. Randomly thisRead more.
Who does Anna Look Like?
I put this on our other website not long after Anna was born, but thought it would be fun toRead more.
BJ Small Group
The past two years we were in a small group that meet every other Monday. This group was very supportiveRead more.
Smells like Korean food . . .
The other day Jeremy & I wanted to go out for cheap Chinese food so we asked were a goodRead more.
We have been trying to get around Qingdao and enjoy the sites while the weather is still nice. So onRead more.
QingDao, A Beautiful City
Yup, this is where we live!! Aren’t you jealous? I am and I already live here. For the first fewRead more.
Anna & her doll
Anna has always loved books and recently she has discovered a new love for dolls. So now Anna thinks thatRead more.
Anna Has Hair
The other day I realized that Anna has enough hair that I can actually put it up in pigtails. IRead more.
Qingdao Polar World
Our first sightseeing in Qingdao was to Polar World. We were very excited to take Anna, I don’t think sheRead more.
Anna’s New Friend
Anna is adjusting to the new city pretty well. She is making lots of friends and her mom is tryingRead more.
This past weekend all the staff and their families from our school went to LaoShan (a mountain) and stayed atRead more.
Scenes From Our Beach
Here are some pictures from our beach. Enjoy!Read more.
Qing Dizzle Baby!!!
Well, we’ve made it through our first two weeks of living in Qingdao! We apologize for taking so long toRead more.
Goodbye to Friends
The hardest part about leaving Beijing was saying goodbye to our friends. We certainly were blessed to have the friendsRead more.
Reflecting on Beijing
Tomorrow we will be moving from the life that we have made for ourselves for the last two years. InRead more.
Running into Stereotypes
Right now I am rubbing my head in pain and laughing at the same time. As I was coming outRead more.
The Last Day of School
It’s official – we are finished home schooling Matt & Alicia. Today, June 1st, was our last day of school.Read more.
You remember the first time you thought about flushing your brother or sister (nephew in my case) down the toilet?Read more.
Going to like minded schools people say that you are living in a bubble, shielded from the world. I won’tRead more.
Let’s go for a ride
The weather is perfect for bike riding! Jeremy came home one day from a 3 hour bike ride withRead more.
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 thenRead more.
This past weekend I “surprised” Jeremy with a weekend away to Chengdu, which he has said he wanted to visitRead more.
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 2Read more.
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 IRead more.
Sunday Morning Jeremy and I finished our Chengdu trip with visiting the pandas. We got there early so we couldRead more.
Thursday, May 17, our company had a surprise goodbye picnic for us. Unfortunately it was extremely windy so we wereRead more.
Our last day of holiday we took Anna to a park downtown that had a children’s play area. It wasRead more.
Happy May 1st! (China’s Labor day) Today, since it is a national holiday the Carmans and our friends had theRead more.
Our May holiday has officially begun! Our friends from Wuhan (The Clays) came up to show their friend from theRead more.
Morning Star (aka ChenXing) is a Chinese school down the road from where we live that Jeremy & I taughtRead more.
Beijing Blue Zoo
We took Anna to the Beijing Blue Zoo which is a small aquarium. It was a lot of fun becauseRead more.
Future in China
We have finally made a decision about our fate here in China. Our motto for the past few months hasRead more.
Beijing Botanical Gardens
Spring Is Finally Here! Friday, April 20, the Carman family went on an outing to the Beijing Botanical Gardens. WeRead more.
Anna Mae’s 1st Year
A Year In ReviewRead more.
My Pooy Baby!
Yesterday (April 10), after we came home from our walk, I was putting Anna’s stroller away when I heard thatRead more.
Happy Resurrection Day!
Today we had a lovely service at our fellowship celebrating resurrection Sunday. We sang great songs, saw the kids doRead more.
This Friday at school we had an egg decorating activity. It was a lot of fun to just sit withRead more.
Sad Good Byes!
After 7 weeks we had to say good bye to our new friends the Clays. Lisa Clay came and livedRead more.
These are are friends Lee & Becky Plummer! Since in China Jeremy & I have become friends with Lee &Read more.
Anna Mae’s 1st Birthday!
March 5, 2007 ~ Anna Mae Delores turned 1! We celebrated with pumpkin spice cake and a few presents.Since weRead more.
Anna Mae is getting big soo fast. Her 1st birthday is next week;she is walking and has such a personality.TodayRead more.
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.Read more.
Anna Mae @ the Park
Just a couple of fun pictures of Anna at the Park.Read more.