Adventures Wherever He leads.

Shanghai, Hong Kong, and beyond… immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine

Rumor has it… September 27, 2011

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I’ve joked before that I cannot stay in China forever let alone live outside of Cali because… of IN AND OUT and so when Texas open up it’s very own… I thought maybe Texas. I could live in Texas… and Gd knows that’s cross my mind before!

But as I was heading to bsf on my bike, I had to stop because I saw this sign…


We’ll have to see how good the imitation is before we jump to any conclusions πŸ™‚


Sloppy Joe Monday September 26, 2011

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I really like sloppy joes.

It was delicious. πŸ™‚



Sunday afternoon BBQ September 25, 2011

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Who woulda thought we’d get to have BBQs in china!







I think I am in like with Brie cheese. Here is my unBRIElievably amazing burger!! πŸ™‚


Sat morning chillin’

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FirstΒ  Saturday morning in a long time where I could sleep in past 7am… looked in the fridge to see what i could make for lunch and a miracle happened….


introducing… basil, parma ham and brie quesadilla and grilled cheese avocado sandwiches! πŸ™‚20110925-233400.jpg


this is alex he’s from A&M. πŸ™‚ Jess you recognize him?? πŸ™‚


the favorite REEL FOOD Court. πŸ™‚ has belgium waffles.. for the french, the texan and new yorker.



kids art class


beautiful blue skies… a rarity in shanghai


And a bunch of shanghai hipsters πŸ™‚


hope youre saturday is restfilled too! πŸ™‚


Friday touching moment September 23, 2011

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This morning as I was walking my kids down to class for flag raising assembly which we do every morning… My little year one students holds my hand and accidentally touches a cut I have on my thumb…

“Ouch!” exclaimed Miss Christine.
“What happen Miss Christine?” Jonathan replied sweetly.
“Oh it’s okay. Miss Christine just cut her finger yesterday when cooking dinner…” explained Miss Christine.
“You should be more careful next time. I can kiss it to make it feel all better. ::muah::”

::Miss Christine so touched::



wednesday wonders September 21, 2011

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on my bike ride to work today…. i was reminded that i live in china…

a grown man and woman were carrying a squealing pig and put him in a cardboard box and taped it shut… as the pig frantically trying to break out. it was quite a sight and sound for this wednesday morning… all this in front of a Chinese local school.

though i wish i tookΒ  a picture, its not really safe to stop in the middle of a bicycle traffic in china… πŸ™‚

but it reminded me of this picture:

have a humourously happy hump day.


for jen t. :) September 20, 2011

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the term rolling in the benjamins has its competition.

I went to bank of china today… to open up a new account so I can do money exchange and transfer money home easier. πŸ™‚

and here i am…

rollin’ in the maozhedongs… ^_^

the amounts of 100rmb bills are crazy.. how pple at the banks wait in lines with their briefcases full of 100bills. CN really needs a larger form of currency. but seems to be working for them πŸ™‚


The secret wonders of peanut butter. September 19, 2011

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Have you ever got gum stuck in your hair? I admit, when I was a mean girl, I spat gum in this one girls hair. PTL that she doesn’t hate me to this day… but that was messed up.

Anyway, last weekend, my Rhema Cell Group here in SH, we went to retreat in Moganshan (about 3 hour bus ride from SH). It was BEAUTIFUL to get away and breathe some fresh air. πŸ™‚ We went hiking and just enjoyed…

which one is taisa? which one is me?Β  i know its hard to tell..




one thing that was pretty sad was CN was missing a C… but she was having a blast in Paris, so its okay… πŸ™‚

but we did have baby janie come along too and we didΒ  some learning and mandatory fun together…

Β  Β  Β  Β 

So besides hiking and learning, we also played card games like the taiwanese genre game and egyptian rat screw… it was fun.



afterwards we had a bbq…

so we made smoreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssss thanks to our dear canadian friend TAISA for bringing the goods. πŸ™‚ it was the first time some had a smore, especially the french. πŸ™‚


and while we were enjoyinggggggggg the delicious smores… jess, got too excited and got it into taisa’s hair! I seriously was laughing hysterically cause it was just such a funny sight!

and thus… the idea and returning to the title of this blog post… I thought about how peanut butter takes gum out of hair (dont believe me try it)… and i made the deduction that it must do the same for marshmellow… and low and behold… I BROUGHT peanut butter. talk about being prepared… and so we tried…

to be honest… i couldnt believe that taise trusted me that much and let me put slabs of peanut butter in her hair.. but i guess thats better than chopping it off… so it was worth the risk. πŸ™‚


iiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttttttttttt wassssssssss weellll worth it.

moral of the story. be prepared. always bring peanut butter. it saved taisa’s beautiful Ukrainian barbie like hair. πŸ™‚

and if you still don’t believe me after this lovely story…


Girls need Girls

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Hello! sooo i promised my dear friend @natalie kwong that i’d post more and that while she’s in DR that i’d blog… πŸ™‚ so here i am. πŸ™‚

This is article is dedicated to her and many others, YOU SHOULD KNOW WHO YOU ARE.. that have blssed me beyond measure.

THANK YOU ❀ xoxo.


Girls Need Girls
by Suzanne Hadley
Female friendships have been celebrated throughout time. Anne had her bosom friend Diana. Elizabeth Bennett had her sister Jane. And DJ Tanner had Kimmie Gibbler.One of a young girl’s first desires is to have a “best friend” β€” someone who is like her, who shares her dreams, who keeps her secrets. A boy just won’t do. When I was 8, my best friend Julie and I spent hours playing house, making strange crafts out of paper towel rolls and staying up late giggling at sleepovers.

The days of childhood sleepovers are gone, but I still crave the feminine connection β€” a sister and friend to be my advocate, support me in doing the right thing and remind me where my true beauty lies.

The Lord has blessed me with some exceptional friends throughout my life β€” college buddies, housemates, teammates, coworkers, accountability partners β€” and many of the most influential have been women. Whether we women are aware of it or not, female friends contribute to our emotional and spiritual lives in a unique and essential way. Even married women need the intimacy and connection that comes from female friendships.

There seems to be a trend toward the rejection of female friends these days. TV often portrays women who hang out with guys as having more sexual power or being somehow above the emotional fray of womanhood. I’ve often heard a woman say, “I’d rather just have guy friends. I get along better with guys.” But friendships with men β€” as fun as they can be β€” will never replace the joys and benefits of female friendships.

Friends for the Journey

There are five female friends every woman should have:

The intercessor. Two years ago, Melissa and I began meeting on Thursday nights to fix a meal together and pray. As 20-something career women preparing for marriage, Melissa and I share many of the same life experiences, frustrations and hopes for the future. When we get together, we pray about challenges we’re facing, decisions we have to make and God’s provision of our future husbands. Even on weeks when we can’t get together, we lift the other up in prayer.

There is something sweet and refreshing about having a friend who understands you and can pray for you precisely. And it is encouraging to have someone who is faithful to do it. Whether you are single or married, an intercessor provides essential spiritual support.

The celebrator. When I first met my college roommate, Gretta, I didn’t see much friend potential. A spunky brunette with a loud voice and quirky sense of humor, Gretta’s personality grated against my reserved, studious self. But in the four years I roomed with Gretta, I came to cherish the way she celebrated life. She was the one who would suggest we go sledding on the hill by the library on a snowy day or go out for ice cream at 10 p.m. during finals week or make up an impromptu jingle to celebrate laundry day.

Gretta not only celebrated with me, she celebrated me. She would write encouraging notes on our mirror or present me with thoughtful, little gifts. I still keep a voicemail that she left me last summer: “Suz. I just read your article, and I had to tell you that I feel like a proud mother or sister or something. I wanted to call up everybody I knew and say, ‘My college roommate wrote that!'”

A celebrator helps you enjoy the beautiful moments the Lord provides and rejoices with you.

The encourager. No one encourages me to live for Christ like my friend Sarah. She is constantly pointing out the areas of my life where she sees good fruit. When I make a difficult decision on behalf of Christ, Sarah is the first to affirm my obedience. And when I’m going through a valley, Sarah holds my hand, prays for me and reminds me of God’s goodness.

In high school, I heard this anthem from a Mennonite women’s college:

Yield not to flirtation
For yielding is sin.
Each sister will help you
Some brother to win.
Strive womanly onward
Dark passions subdued.
Don’t chase after boys, girls,
Let them chase after you.

Though my friends and I giggled at the song’s lyrics, there is truth in its premise. Female friends help us avoid temptation, encourage us in godly living and may ultimately help us marry well. Women have bridesmaids stand up for them for this very reason.

I love the community found in Song of Songs. The beloved has a circle of female friends who rejoice with her over her betrothed, give her advice and surround her with protection from sexual temptation. Each woman should seek out friends like this who have her best interest β€” emotionally, physically and spiritually β€” at heart.

The teacher. I love having lunch with my friend Joan. Even though I was born 20-some years after her, we are likeminded in many ways. I always feel like I’m receiving a full meal of thought when I spend time with Joan.

In Titus 2:3-5, Paul encourages the older women to teach the younger women, specifically in the areas of self-control, purity, industry, kindness and submission. Having at least one seasoned friend who can mentor you is extremely valuable.

A teacher may also come in the form of someone your own age who is excelling in a character trait, life stage or ministry you aspire to. When I spend time with my married friends, I glean valuable knowledge about what makes for a successful marriage.

The questioner. My friend Krishana is a great listener. We meet for breakfast once a week, and she always asks me lots of questions. Not content to let discussions stay on a surface level, she will always dig deeper.

Recently we were discussing boys. I was fixating on whether a certain young man was interested in me. Krishana proceeded to ask me a series of penetrating questions: Is this guy living for Christ? Are there any specific ways the Lord has provided for the relationship? Are you confident this man would help you grow in your walk with the Lord? Instead of indulging my crush, she probed the heart of the matter, redirecting my thinking to a godly channel.

A questioner is not only available to lend an ear but to challenge and exhort when we’re getting off track.

Cultivating Female Friendship

I know that many women reading this article have been burned by female friendships. Perhaps you’ve encountered the gossip, backstabber or fair-weather friend. Maybe you’ve poured your heart into a friendship only to receive disloyalty in return. You may be thinking, “Why bother?”

Many of the emotional and spiritual intimacies mentioned above are inappropriate between a man and woman who are not married or planning to be married. Forging a close friendship with one guy (or several) is asking for the confusion that accompanies intimacy between sexes.

If you have a bad taste in your mouth regarding friendships with women, ask the Lord to challenge your biases and provide the kind of godly friend you need. Look for a woman who makes her relationship with God a priority. This type of person will be more likely to rise above some of the sin issues that can plague female friendships.

Don’t expect perfection. Cultivating friendships with other women requires effort, patience and flexibility. Jenny Schroedel gives this advice in her article “Friendships Among Women:”

Years ago a pastor offered this advice. He said, “Expect nothing from other people.” At the time, I thought this was a strange idea. I figured that if you expected nothing, you would get what you expected. Over the years, I’ve come to see that while I do need to set reasonable goals for myself, I do well to keep my expectations for others modest. If we can break free from high expectations for others, than we are more likely to be able to accept β€” and enjoy β€” them as they are.

When it comes to female friends, seek to be the kind of friend you’re looking for. Then seek out the intercessor, celebrator, encourager, teacher and questioner. These are the women who will help you grow and be your best. Celebrate feminine friendship. It’s a gift.


Update-Sept 2011- A content life.

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