Hi friends! A belated Merry Christmas to everyone! OR as Costa Coffee here in China would say…
It’s been so long since I last updated I doubt people still read my blog, but alas, I’m trying to get back into the swing of updating. I’m currently on a week-long Christmas break, so I don’t go back to teaching until this next Monday. One of my goals during this break was to update my blog. I’d gotten fairly overwhelmed about how long it had been since I last updated, which made me not want to update because there are simply just too many details… but it doesn’t matter anymore. I’m picking up from now (with bits and pieces of the last 6 months or so)!
Here’s a bullet-point quick update of my life:
- I am enjoying life in Beijing and have thoroughly loved seeing the seasons change as well as celebrating all the holidays with everyone here!
- I live in a one-bedroom apartment in a neighborhood across from our organization’s headquarters here in Beijing — it’s roach-infested and the heat isn’t that great, but it’s slowly become home.
- There is a crazy pants-less man who lives right underneath me who yells/screams/hollers/laughs hysterically by himself at any given time (middle of the nights included).
- I teach my organization’s staff children. They are all TCKs (Third Culture Kids). And I also tutor Chinese kindergarteners in English once a week.
- For this 3rd year in China, transition from being a teacher to Chinese university students to American 4th and 5th graders was not as easy as I thought it was going to be, but I’ve been thankful for the opportunities of growth.
- Jonathan (the boyfriend) and I are doing well. We just celebrated our 9 Month Anniversary on Christmas Day.
- I chopped off about 8 inches of hair recently, so the curls are gone and a spunky above-the-shoulder do is in place now.
- I have just 2 more semesters of grad school left (2 weeks in Thailand in January 2012 and a month or so at Wheaton during Summer 2012), and I’ll have a Master’s Degree!!
- Though I haven’t been directly involved with Chinese students this semester, it’s been amazing (and difficult at times) to be “behind-the-scenes” of our organization to see how the Father is moving in people’s lives and in this vast country of China as well as in the world!
More updates to come, I promise :) Until then, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!