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Happy New Year 新年快乐

The Chinese New Year came quite a bit early this year. It was on January 28th…which just so happens to be on Michelle’s birthday!

For more birthday pictures, please click HERE.
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During the Chinese New Year, the kids get a entire month off school to celebrate. Unfortunately, the schools are afraid of the kids having any free time at all because they say it numbs the mind, so they load them down with so much homework that they have to work on it everyday;( Thankfully, we have 2 tutors at our home to help the kids stay focused and get it finished.
We try to keep our kids as close to their families as possible, so those who have safe enough homes to go back to and have someone who is capable to watch and care for them, we let them go back to their villages for a short period of time.
We enjoy the extra time we have with the kids though and try to fill it with all kinds of activities. Above, you can see us taking a walk on the newly constructed path they are building in our city. Its kind of a bitter sweet thing because though its a very beautiful track, its the same track that is part of the beautification process that is tearing our home down.
Below you can see some more activities:下面你可以看到一些活动的照片

Street Food小吃

We took the older kids out to see the track at night. While we were out, we saw some street food and bought everyone a snack. Emma and Gene enjoyed their squid on a stick!

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Roller Blading滑冰


Jump Roping跳绳


For the kids who don’t get to go home, we try to make it extra special for them. They don’t have safe homes and or don’t have family members who are capable to care for them…or don’t have family members at all. Michelle blesses us with many different American dishes the we don’t eat normally when everyone is here because there are just too many people. Every New Year, she makes a huge “Christmas size” dinner. To the Chinese, their New Year is as big of a celebration as Christmas is to the Western world. The year Jessica, Shirley, Hazel and Nicky(along with her family) joined us.

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One night she made Shepherds Pie. It was such a hit that we ended up requesting it a couple more times;)

Hanging the red signs on the door way贴对联

Took them out for pizza!带他们出去吃比萨
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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow下雪吧,下吧,下吧


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Catina冯秀云 and Joey王宝贵

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Becca孙双芳 and Eli伊利亚

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Patch(left)刘银行 and Aaron孙双旭

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Davey冯金福 and Anna王燕

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Left to right is从左到右依次是 Jake王国宝, Danny杨新放 and Jaxin杰克

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Tyler and another picture of Catina because she is just too cute!


Lift Us Up为我们祈祷

The town of Pingyu wants to become a city. There are several steps that they have to do for this to happen. One of those steps is beautifying our city. One of the beautification steps is redoing the river walkway (pictured above) and enlarging the current lake that sits right behind our home. The bad news about this, is that they will be relocating the families around the lake and tearing down their homes. This was not the Christmas cheer we wanted to hear or ever expected to hear. We have had several meetings with the civil affairs and mayor, who are looking for land for us to buy. Below are some drawings from our kids. When our son Eli heard the news, he drew the bottom picture with all the kids. Anna drew the other picture a few years ago when we finished the construction of our new girls wing to our building. Please keep us and all the other families being relocated in your thoughts. The government has guaranteed us that we will be able to buy 1.66 acres but with the New Year holiday just ending they can’t say exactly where for sure. They did say that they will have everything settled and all the permits and fees ready for us to start building this coming July 1st. They also said that we will have the normal 70 year contract that everyone else has when buying land in China. Please lift us up with this, we need to raise 2 million USD to buy and build.
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