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One Busy Summer忙绿的暑假!

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Our summer started off with a wonderful gift of life! John(not pictured) and Nicky (our long time friend/staff member) welcomed their 2nd daughter (Hope) into their family.
我们的暑假从一个美好的礼物开始!叶富强(没有照片)和聂贞(我们的好朋友兼员工)

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Bella and Hope are John and Nicky’s daughters!!!
叶富强和聂贞的两个女儿叶可欣和叶雨欣


6th Graders Trip六年级的旅行
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Anna, Gene and Lester’s first day of Middle School.王燕、王子昂和孙李中学的第一天。

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From left to right:Eli (our middle son), Anna, Michelle, Tyler (our youngest son), Jaxin (our eldest son), Gene, me (Ben), Lester and Jessica (our translator).
以利亚(我们的老二),王燕,笑笑,雅各(我们的小儿子)杰克(我们的老大),王子昂,我(本本),孙李和王金华(我们的翻译)

IMG_2445Once our kids go into Middle School, their time with us is dramatically less. They go from being home every night from school at 5:30pm, to not getting home until after 8:30pm each night. They also have to leave 45 minutes earlier each day too. With that, to say congratulations to them for trying their best in Primary school, and knowing that we won’t have much time with them, we take them on a trip. They have to help make and sell cookies and cakes to help raise the money for the trip. This year we went to the 2nd Home of Hope location in Xuzhou to play. They have a beautiful city with many sites and mountains to explore.
随着孩子们升入初中,和我们在一起的时间会越来越来。从早5:30起床到到学校直到晚上8:30才到家。每天早晨要比小学的孩子们提早离开45分钟;因此,这次毕业旅行一方面是恭喜他们毕业了,另一面也是知道他们以后和他们玩的时间会越来越少。作为这次毕业旅行的费用他们自己做些手工饼干拿出去买。毕业旅行的地点选在了徐州也就是第二个希望之家所在的地方,哪里有好多著名的地方和山。


11th Annual Summer Camp!第十一个夏令营
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We celebrated our 11th Annual Summer Camp, to read more about that camp click HERE.
我们庆祝了第十一个夏令营,如果想知道更多点击这里


Swimming Pool!游泳池!
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We saved our “Funny Money” up to get a swimming pool this year! The kids had a blast this summer being able to swim twice a day!!
我们将积存起来的“零用钱”用于出去玩耍的钱,买了一个游泳池!这个夏天孩子们可以一天游泳用两次!
IMG_3083 IMG_3080Dana (left) and Gene(right) learning how to swim underwater!
杨舍(左)和王子昂(右)学习怎样潜泳!


Eating Outside!院子里大聚餐
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We try and mix things up during meal times from time to time. This time we put all our tables together and enjoyed good food and good company!
我们想尝试不同的吃饭方式,所以把桌子拼到一起享受大家边吃饭边聊天的时间


Movie Night!电影之夜!
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Getting Some Exercise!运动起来!
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We try to exercise often to have healthy bodies but also to teach our children to take care of their bodies too. So when they are off school, we try to take those who want to go out for a run. These brave guys ran their 1st 5k with me. Pictured from left to right:Danny, Aaron, Frank, Thomas and Ben.我们尽量抽出时间来锻炼身体保持身体健康,同时也为了教导孩子怎样管理他们自己的身体。所以他们假期时间会带他们去跑步。这些勇敢的家伙和我一起跑了5k。图中从左到杨新放、孙双旭、朱雪峰、陈新元和本

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For those who don’t go for a run we take them out for a walk to the park which is usually around 7km there and back. The dogs like to go with us too so they can swim. Abby helped walk them there.没有去跑步的孩子们,带他们去了散步从步行到公园再步行回家大约7KM。两只狗也和我们同去他们不但散步随便又可以游泳。冯静怡帮忙牵着狗。

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Our cousin Hobbs led the way and as you can see, it was a bit hot outside.我们的表弟Hobbs带头,外面有点真热。


Camp Out!野营!
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The kids take turns camping out. Tonight was the boys turn.孩子们轮流可以睡在外面,今晚是男孩在外面。


Refreshing Treats!新鲜的零食!
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IMG_3619 IMG_3616Popsicle’s and watermelon are tasty snacks that we eat to help us stay cool. Robby is enjoying his popsicle while Joey and Catina have their watermelon!棒冰和西瓜是降暑神器。明洋在吃他的棒冰,王宝贵和冯秀云吃西瓜


Connecting Camps!夏令营联谊
IMG_3547There are many different organizations that are here in China helping the needy. The above organization puts together wonderful camps for orphans all over China. This was the 2nd time we were able to attend a camp put on by them.
他们是从不同的组织来到中国帮助有需要的人,在这些团体的帮助下来自中国不同地方的孤儿们聚集到一起拥有了一个美好的夏令营,这也是我们第二次参加这样的夏令营。
The Camp below was for TCK kids. Our three boys were able to attend that camp and make some new friends who are just like them!
下面的这个夏令营是为那些来自不同国家同时又在中国生活的孩子们举办的。我们的三个孩子参加了这个夏令营结交了一些有相同经历的新朋友。2861504331389_.pic


Weddings!婚礼!
IMG_3952Our first 3 years here in China was volunteering at the Gongyi Home of Hope. The older kids that we met there are graduating college, getting jobs and getting married. Its so amazing to see this as it is a little glimpse into what our hopes are for our children. Above Holly and Jim celebrated their wedding (both Gongyi Kids) while below Lily celebrated her wedding with her husband.我们来中国的头三年是在巩义希望之家做志愿者,那里的孩子们现在已经长大走出大学、拥有工作和结婚了。这也是我们希望将来看到自己的孩子们也能这样拥有自己的幸福。上是Holly和Jim的婚礼(两个都是巩义的孩子)下是Lily和她的丈夫他们的婚礼。IMG_4419


Bubble/Color/Water Run!打着五彩缤纷的泡泡仗

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Becca (left) and Ellie getting covered in Bubbles!!!芳芳(左)和冯智慧被泡泡包裹!!!
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Ben trying to help cover the kids in bubbles while Zoey (right) shows her bubble hands!本想给用泡泡包裹住孩子们时,梦雨晴(右)展示她带有颜色的手!

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摩西(从巩义希望之家来找杰克玩耍的孩子)和芳芳满身的颜色!

IMG_4046Some people in Pingyu put together a charity run to help us raise money for our new building. It started off as a color run, which turned into a water run which helped wash off all the color, as you see Eli helped get Michelle in the above picture. Once we were sopping wet, they turned on the bubbles which was an absolute blast to play in. We are so happy to see the Pingyu people getting together and spread love, hope and joy to those in need!
平舆当地的一个慈善组织帮助我们筹集盖房子的资金。跑步中在身上撒彩色的粉,接着用水洗净身上的颜色,你可以从上图中看到冯智慧在帮助笑笑。之后大家加入了泡泡中,玩得超级嗨。我非常高兴看到平舆的人聚到一起,把爱,欢乐和希望带给那些有需要的人们!


Distractions!
IMG_2022Besides just for pure fun and entertainment, another reason we kept the kids so active was to distract them from the destruction all around our home. We tell them to not worry about tomorrow or what it may bring but just try to live the best they can each and everyday.
另一个想让孩子们动起来参加各种活动的原因是,不想让孩子们被周围的事情及房子的问题所影响到。我们告诉他们不要担心明天的事情,把今天和每一天活好才是最好的。 IMG_2018
As of right now, the latest we have heard is that our home will be torn down this coming winter. We are still actively searching for a new home and raising money to be able to quickly build and or renovate a new home.
近期听到的消息是说,房子会在过完年后拆迁。我们正在寻找一个新家,也在积极的筹集资金;希望尽快找到地方,把房子盖好。
Please continue to lift us up with our search, our fund raising and more importantly, that our children do not worry about any of this.
请继续关注我们、帮助我们传播我们的需要及捐助我们,让孩子们不再担心没地方可住。
fundraising ideas for schools, churches, and youth sports teams