West Meets East

Visa Stress

AH!!!!!!!  So our visa's expire on the 20th of this month and we had made arrangements for them to get renewed.  We were to take all of our documents and passports in on the 10th and we were assured that that was enough time to take care of what we need to take care of.  So we went ahead and prepared all of our stuff.  We went into our office desk to set everything out for an early morning departure to get it all turned in and the official folder that holds all of our important documents was gone.  Completely AWOL!  We began furiously looking for it and could not find it anywhere. Considering everything, we stayed pretty calm but we looked in and through everything.  Maybe even twice.  We took every book off of the shelf thinking it might have fallen behind books.  We took out every drawer and even took the back off of a cabinet an anyway, it was not anywhere!  We literally looked from morning until night.  At 9:50 my husband and I decided to call the wai ban who is responsible for turning in our paper work and ask if we could get a visa extension without all of the paperwork and documents that were missing.  Our hope was to buy us enough time to get new documents certified and sent from the U.S. in the extension period.  We had heard that you can get up to a month extension occasionally and we have never needed it so we thought, maybe this is our turn to "need" it.  But upon calling her she apologized and said that she had kept all of those documents the last time we turned it all in and it is in a file cabinet in her office!  I don't know if we wanted to scream or laugh or cry so we sort of did a combination of all 3!  He went and got me a Starbucks decaf coffee to split as a celebration and we went to bed with an extremely organized house and happy hear

Soul Care Weekend 2016

It's hard to believe it is June already. The school year flew by and we ended on a high note with our family soul care weekend to Shan Hai Guan area in China.  We enjoyed time together and especially time to pray and connect as a family.  We are praying especially about some family decisions and hopeful that the Lord will make our next steps very clear.  Abby - 11, Hudson - 8 and Levi - 6. June 2016

My Favorite Kindergarten Student of 2015

This little guy melts my heart EVERY single day! He told me today that "the best thing about kindergarten is my teacher." (sniff, sniff ) Then in the same breath he asked if he could marry me too. Then he says, "Oh yeah! Dad would never allow that to happen!" and gave me that sweet little sparkly eyed grin. I think if he would have asked me for a credit card at that point, I might have given him one. He has me smitten.  smile emoticon

First Week of Homeschool for the 2015 School Year Victory!

We are going to do a little VLOGGING with this blog as a way of remembering what we learn and love about homeschool each week!  I wish I would have done this from the time Abby was a  preschooler but I was inspired by an art teacher who does this with his family as a way of "slowing down time" to be able to look back and see how much we have all grown and changed.  The kids are excited and I think it makes a nice "cap" to our school week!  We originally wanted to post it on the kids blog but theirs will not allow videos or maybe it's videos this large to be posted (safety feature) so we will use my blog for this and maybe link to mine from theirs?  But anywho. . . we are off to enjoy our weekend and we hope you enjoy yours too!

And these cuties have grown SO much! We just came back from a trip to the desert and had to up date my blog with some pics of these cuties.
So here we go.  It's been a long time since I have sat down and wrote anything.  Life has been filled with homeschool, dishes, laundry and trying to create some time for spending with my kiddos and husband as mom and not just as teacher.  Phew! How in the world do I make time for all of the things that I need to and the things that breath life into my heart and soul (such as writing)?   I really want to find the space for it because it feeds my heart, my vision and my soul.  This year I also took on a 365/ or 52 week photo project and I guess that's what I have poured myself into so far.  Maybe I will combine the photos and writing together and see what happens on this blog.  But I have decided that I will shame myself no more and embrace how often I have time to visit this blog and enjoy the moments that I do show up here.  It's a joy giving and joy receiving endeavor and I just need to embrace and accept it just as it is. . . accept and embrace my own limitations just as they are.  So here goes. . .

2 years?! What?!

I have been telling myself that I need to write again.  That part of my soul needs to be expressed through writing and it 's been too long. Then, I log into my blog today and realize that it has been 2 years!  Oh my!  TOO long!  I am planning to reinvent this journal of my life and my heart no matter how many actually read this.  Someday, it will be a sweet jog down memory lane of this season and stage of life.  So, I am dusting off the pages of this blog. . . dust is flying everywhere and getting ready to submit my thoughts and heart to these pages for posterity sake.