Monday, January 16, 2012

Looking back!

 At the beginning of 2012, I thought I would take a quick look back at 2011.  I looked back at my blogs and Facebook status since last January.

In January, we gained a new sister as Jane (Ge wen) was baptized.  We also had snow twice.  Our breaker box broke and we were with out electricity for one night.  Our washing machine broke at the beginning of Spring festival time. 

In February, we celebrated Chinese new Year, and after a few weeks,  the washing machine was finally fixed. 

In March, Hallie cooked dinner for the family, and we paid off our school loans and are debt free!

In April, I had my second oral surgery.  It was not as bad this time.  I was very thankful to have that behind me.  We met a girl from Ningbo that needed someone to baptize her.  (Jon did it)  Jon’s computer died.
We celebrated Easter.  We had 18 at our apt. to color eggs, and we had 56 at the Easter egg hunt.

In May we went out to the country- side with Li wen’s family and had a cook-out.  Our Ayi (on her e-bike) got hit by a bus .  Thankfully she was not hurt too badly.
Liam turned 8!

In June we found out that Jon’s job situation was not what we had thought and he had to start job hunting.  It was stressful, but it all worked out and he signed a contract two hours before we left Hangzhou to start our trip to the US.  Hallie had a Bible study with her friend Bliss.  We flew home to the US for a needed visit with friends and family.

In July, Jon worked fireworks, Hallie went to camp, and Jon and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary. We got to spend some time with our Clear Creek family.  The kids made friends with Odie (the Golden’s dog). We drank as much Dr Pepper and Sweet tea as we could and loaded up on American junk food for a year.

In August, due to some paperwork issues Jon could not make the trip back to China at the same time as the rest of the family.  Many people were nervous, but the trip went smoothly and I was fine.  Eryn turned 7! I learned to make yogurt and granola.  Eryn had an ear infection but we treated her and she was fine.

In September we had ants in the kitchen and Hallie and Eryn had their first modeling shoot.  Jon also started teaching classes at his new school.

In October, we took a trip to Shaoxing. The Rays and Proyers visited and Jane (a different Jane) was baptized. Shane was also baptized.  Our oven broke, but we got another one for free.  Hallie shot a commercial.  We celebrated Halloween with real orange pumpkins, cool costumes, and too much candy.

In November, Hallie turned eleven.  She was also baptized!  Her school computer died, but she got a new one.  We celebrated Thanksgiving with a huge dinner (30 + people) at our house.  The Russells came to visit.

In December, the Zhengs ate lunch with us after church and we celebrated Christmas. 

I had thought that especially last school year had not really been a good year, but when I looked back on it. I could really see the blessings. 

We were extremely blessed in 2011!  We are looking forward to another great year in 2012!

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