Category Children

Tropical Vacation 2013, AKA Chinese Grandma Debacle

You know how memory softens everything and everyone in it, and it’s easy to forget the negatives and just remember the positives? Well, Nainai has been in Hainan (China’s Hawaii) for a year now. She’d call occasionally to remind us that she exists, but otherwise we had kind of forgotten, except for once, out of […]

Chinese Parents and their Children

I want to share a little something about a friend of mine, relating to Chinese parents and their children. In China, it’s not uncommon for Chinese children to live with their grandparents rather than their parents. Maybe their parents are poor rural people who move to the cities for jobs and send money back home […]

A New Business, a New Job, a New Ayi and a New School

So much has been happening lately that I almost have an excuse for never writing blog posts. Brian has changed jobs (though he’s still at his old job for two more weeks to fulfill the part of his contract that says he must give 30 days’ notice), and will be teaching at an American high […]

Children’s Day

Children’s Day is a big deal in China. It must make up for the fact that they don’t have a holiday as awesome as Christmas and they don’t make such a big deal out of birthdays. The kids do a show at school, the school gives them presents, their parents give them presents, and they […]

A Long Overdue Update

Well, I haven’t posted in a long time, and I can’t guarantee I’ll keep posting, because I’m just not that reliable. But I’ll try to bring you up to speed on what’s been happening in our lives, over here on the other side of the world. Let’s see. This is what Brian has been busy […]

Taking a Child to a Chinese Hospital

Since moving to China, I have dreaded the day I’d have to take one of my children into the hospital for an emergency. Last Thursday, it finally happened. The children were playing on their favorite piece of adult exercise equipment (pictured below from last year) when Toby fell off and one of the feet swung […]

Piper Reads!

We’re on lesson 57 of “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” (okay, a little farther since I made this video, but that’s where she is in this video), and I just love it! We started back when she was 4 1/2 and I was amazed at how easy it was for her. […]