Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
1. Take photos of all your junk. (8 hours)
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
The only problem with the trip was the Uncle Wang had something else to do after he took us to the spot to pick berries. I guess Uncle Wang thought I would be tough like most of the Chinese farmer women he knows and be able to haul my goods and my two kids all the way home, about a mile walk. But, I am a wimp compared to the hard working farmer ladies here. We walked to the road and I decided to flag down a guy on an electric scooter to help us. He happily took us home and EG and Jack loved the ride.
While I was trying pick berries, I also had to make sure Jack didn't inhale too much dirt, and I had EG eating the berries as fast as I could pick them. Therefore, I ended up coming home with about a cup of berries and two cups of rocks. (Thanks Jack for the rocks!) Nothing like a Blackberry-rock cobbler. Just kidding. In the end, I went out and bought more berries and some strawberries to make a cobbler. That was a lot of work for one cobbler.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
But we did!
We survived and I'm glad we will have those fun memories with our friends! Though I was more than relieved when I got my feet back on solid ground! After the ride, we hung out for a bit at the park and our friends made a little film of them asking us and each other funny and interesting questions about our last 7 years here in China! It was silly and fun and so meaningful to us. We felt really loved. Here's David interviewing Andy.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
So, with those ideas floating in my head, I have decided that for the next 60 days, I will post a picture each day featuring some aspect of our life here in China. Some of them will be places or faces I don't want to forget. Some will be things unique to life in China and some will just be pictures of what we do everyday. I think you will enjoy and I hope this will be a great chance for me to stop and reflect and praise God for the life he has given us here in China!
Friday, April 9, 2010
Anyway, back to the saying goodbye thing-It's weird. I feel like this uprooting and moving to a "new life" is more than my brain can comprehend. All that we are leaving, all that has happened here, all that we are looking forward to, and all of the unknowns. It's just too much for me to wrap my brain around. On top of that, my brain is full of details like, "what date should we fly home? And how much should we sell our couches for? and should we go ahead and buy that table and buffet from Melinda? (We bought it, by the way!) It's all so overwhelming that I'm having trouble thinking on much more than a surface level. But my heart on the other hand , seems quite in step with this whole process. Though intellectually I haven't been processing things much deeper than details, my heart seems acutely aware of what my brain cannot put into words-thus the waterfall of tears while saying our first goodbye.
Thankfully we have some great mentors and friends who are helping us to put into words what is going on in our hearts. Today we met with one of them. Over a McD's big American breakfast, I was able to really process out loud some of what I am feeling and thinking. Our friend asked great questions. What are some of the highlights of your time here? Most difficult things you've faced while here? Who will you miss the most? Do you have any regrets? What would it be like if God had given you everything you thought you wanted when you first came here? (first of all, I wouldn't still be in China 6 years later!) There were lots of tears this morning at McDonald's as well.
It was so good to slow down from the mad dash that is our last few months here and look back, remember and rejoice. Seeing God's hand at work in our lives over the past 7 years fills me with hope and excitement for what he has for us in this next chapter.
*Picture from '04 with my first good Chinese friend, Antler!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
You might remember the bath time challenge I gave to Tim, Kathi and Mary-find a way to get EG to not scream, cry, or flail violently while we rinse her hair. Some of you had great suggestions about special cups, shower head attachments, and visors all made specifically for keeping the water out of kids' eyes while washing their hair. The Huffmans brought none of these. With no weapons in hand they still somehow managed to coach EG through the washing hair routine without crying. There really wasn't any special trick they used, that I know of- and now-a few baths out from their departure this girl is very proud of her no-crying-during-the-rinse abilities. "Mommy, I didn't even cry at all," she says! We can lay her down to rinse or rinse with the shower head or dump water on her all at once, and she still manages to hold it together emotionally. Way to go Huffmans. I have no idea what you did, but it worked!!!
Monday, April 5, 2010
We were really glad Aunt Marv could come! She is now EG's hero. Mary is great with kids and it was so fun to show her our life here! She and I enjoyed more than one bowl of popcorn and M n M's! (OK, more than three) Chef Timbo taught Xiao Li to cook a delicious western meal. They were both be in the kitchen and we could hear Tim jabbering away in English to her and then she'd respond back in Chinese. It was really cute! They definitely managed to communicate and turn out a phenomenal meal.We loved showing Mary around our town. Can you find the two red heads at the market?By the second day she was out buying drinks and taking EG and Jack to play! By the end of the week, she had been awarded honorary Mayor of our town and got to drive the police car! We all crammed into this "bread van" more than once for trips into the city!We enjoyed a trip to the wildlife park, where we got to feed lots of animals! We got to get up close and personal with some of them! EG had a great time feeding the animals.Especially this guy! We celebrated all birthdays falling between February and April. We discovered that EG is a really neat eater. She is very meticulous about eating her food and wipes her hands after every bite! Jack on the other hand....
A side note: In my five years of being a Huffman, there are a few things I've learned about Huffman family rules. These rules were confirmed once again during their time here. These are unspoken rules but very important nonetheless.
First off, all Huffman women are REQUIRED to wear extremely big sunglasses. I am working my way up to "extremely big." Mine are still considered medium.
Secondly, all Huffmans must be slightly obsessed with Tim's Red Wine-Dijon Mustard Salad Dressing. I've never spent more than like 5 days with them where we didn't have this dressing.
Thirdly, all Huffman women must have the stamina to shop for purses for hours at a time in harsh, extreme conditions. I was pushed to my limit this trip. All Huffman men must be slightly annoyed by the dogged determination they see in Huffman women when it comes to purse shopping.
Finally, all existing Huffmans must be extremely warm and welcoming to new Huffmans and make them feel like they 100% belong. You guys are great at this one. (And the big sunglasses one as well.)