Thanksgiving in China ’17


This hasn’t been most ideal Thanksgiving. With the passing of my mother-in-law, it’s kinda thrown our family out of sorts. JK and Eloise are still in the States spending time with family trying to help with organizing the estate while the rest of came back to China about a week ago.

None-the-less, we’ve made the best of it and have enjoyed our Thanksgivings separately. Honestly, I think between JK and me, we both kinda envy each other. I wish we could be with her and her family for yearly Thanksgiving tradition of heading to her brother’s house. And she wishes she could be here to be a part of our community Thanksgivings meals. On Thursday, our small group had a meal, and then again on Saturday we got to take part in a progressive dinner.

For the progressive dinner, at the first house, there was soup and bread. That’s where I contributed my secret recipe – buying store-bought food. From there we went to the 2nd house where we had chicken (couldn’t get a turkey), sweet potatoes and even cranberry sauce, and more main course items. Finally, we headed to the third house where we had a plethora of desserts. At the end it was a 4 hours well-spent!

Volunteering – Part 2

Last night we went caroling with our youth group. We visited mostly people from our church, but we also hit a few neighbors of one of our leaders. It was fun and I think it meant a lot to the people whose houses we visited. It also worked out that we got bring along our little ones! They had a good time, I think.

In my last post I mentioned we were looking for ways to get the whole family involved in a project. Though caroling wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, I think it was certainly a good project for all of us to be involved with. Anything that we can do to show care for other people is way to show and act out that Christmas isn’t just about ourselves. What better way to acknowledge Christ’s service of coming to this earth to empathize with us as we navigate this complicated place than to serve others and show that they are cared for?


Ever since Super Storm Sandy hit, JK and I have been trying to think of a way for us as a family to help with the relief. However, since we are on a very tight budget, we’re not really able to buy food and have someone deliver it for us. On top of that, we’re really hoping to get our whole family involved in service. But since we’re a family with some very young ones, it’s not super easy to figure out how to serve and keep the whole family involved.

As the holiday season gets even closer, we’re even more focused on trying to do a service project. Since we’re going to be in Nashville, I figured, oh, great, now I can get my family involved, too! Well, that complicates matters even more. Not only are we a family with small kids, but we’re also more than one family. I called the Rescue Mission and their minimum age to help is 7 – that excludes all three of my kids. I checked another soup kitchen thing and their minimum age is 13. Yikes!

Another problem is that almost all of the “holiday” service opportunities are over by the time we get to Nashville. They end the week before Christmas.

Not sure what we’re going to do yet.