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!)