Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Adventure Begins


Well, here we go, our first blog post.  Jacob and I have considered living in China for many years, and now the adventure is beginning.  We are in the process of preparing as we hope to be in China by August of 2013! We are full of hope, excitement, nervousness, anticipation, concern, and gratefulness, in addition to a long list of other emotions about this journey that we are departing on.  We have both felt drawn to the Asian people for a number of years, and especially the Chinese.  So, what are we doing to prepare.  We have been accepted by an organization that sends English teachers to China.  Jacob will be teaching English to university students, and I, Sarah, will be homeschooling the kids, along with supporting Jacob by hosting students.  I also hope to be able to visit orphanages, and help in any way I can.
     To help prepare the children, I am currently reading Third Culture Kids by David Pollock.  Being a third culture kid myself, I am hoping that I will be able to help my kids in the many adjustments they'll have to make.  We have started the long process of gaining support.  One fun thing is that we have downloaded some Mandarin apps, so that we could start learning a bit of Mandarin.  It's so cute to hear our kids say things, and it was especially fun the other day when they were practicing with a waitress at a local Chinese restaurant.  She was especially gracious.  We also bought them trainer chopsticks, so that they could learn to start using them.  I homeschooled Eden last year, and plan to homeschool both children this year.  That's definitely going to be a challenge!  I included a poster about China in their homeschool room that I try to teach them a fact about every day of school.  We have also been looking for authentic Chinese restaurants, not the Americanized stuff you find at a local Chinese buffet.  We enjoyed a visit to the Hmong Cafe in East Tulsa, and my sister and I visited Asian Cuisine, where I had dried flat beef noodles with gravy.  We are so excited about this journey, and will keep you updated.                  
Until then, 回头见!(See you later!)

10 comments:

  1. Praying for you on your adventure! God will bless you greatly!

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  2. Jacob, I hope you'll enjoy China as well as I did with your country ! I'm now in Tunisia, Africa and it's again an awesome adventure. Have fun !
    Guilaume Menvielle (aka the "French Guy" at Labinal Pryor 2007-2008)

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  3. Praying for you as you begin the preparations for this exciting adventure.

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  4. Praying or you guys. I am excited or you all.

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  5. Thank you for your prayers, Dan and Keesha! I can remember sitting in a service at Hillsdale listening to the representative from the English teaching organization and the Father asking to my heart. It was very clear that this was the path I needed to follow. It's just funny that its taken 10 years or so!

    Hi Guillaume! (French Guy!) It's great to hear from you. I'm so glad you enjoyed the USA. It was a joy getting to know you and so many others from different cultures! Are you still in the areospace field? My wife and I have a lot of connections with Africa. My wife grew up in the Ivory Coast for about 15 yrs off and on. My dad and his wife are teachers in Kenya. We also adopted our 3 yr old son Ephraim from Uganda. Let us know how your doing!

    Thank you for your prayers, V! It means so much to us know that you and so many others are lifting us up to the Father. Stay tuned to our post for some exciting news tomorrow! Love you and your family.

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  6. Thanks, Lee & Amanda! We're excited for your new move to Muldrow! I'll miss seeing you and Amanda at the SGRA meetings.

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  7. Thank you for your prayers, Lewella. I just added a follow option if you want to be the first to follow our blog:)

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  8. Wow, I am very happy for your family and I hope it is everything ya'll have dreamed of! I will be thinking of you guys!

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  9. Thanks, Erica! I kind of feel like my 3 week Labinal adventure to Japan with Noel, was good preparation for China. Although, those 3 weeks isn't near as long as the 2 years we'll be in China! I think you got to go to Japan too?!?! Thanks for the follow:>)

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