It's June and that means only 3 more weeks till we get to go home for a visit. We are all so excited! We are all excited for different reasons though...Lizzy wants shoes and clothes, the boys want food, and I want American groceries! Just want to go to the grocery store and be able to purchase food in large quantities.. You know, a weeks worth! And not have to schelp it home in a trolley... I wanna drive a CAR! And turn on the radio and sing out loud.
But anyway, we will be in the states for a month, spending a week in Oshkosh, WI! Then down to Alabama. Ahhhh....just saying it makes me happy!
John rowed on our church's dragon boat team this year. Called the Two by Twos, the team did great this yea. They earned third place in the community race and 5th team (out of 40 teams) overall. It was a fun day, though hot, but a nice community day out.
Beating the sun the Chinese way...umbrella style.
Heading out to the starting line.
Finishing a heat
End of the community race!
We spent the day with a friend from church, who volunteered to show us around the neighborhood in which she teaches. She is an English teacher in an all boys Catholic school. The only westerner in her school. She loves it and the neighborhood. It is a solid working class area. Here is her school. They leave at lunch each day to eat in the local area, home or restaurant or a packed lunch in the park.
Scale model of the village
A handmade Qin, an art form being saved by the cultural arts division.
Huge wet market
It was four stories in one building and the length of two streets! All kinds of food available....Fish to ginger root.
No pictures were allowed in the exhibit, but it was really cool. Lots of ancient artifacts of the Roman navy and also some of the body casts of the Pompeii victims. It was a very enjoyable day out.
Waiting for the concert...John and Paul sat in the balcony with a couple other church friends.
Warming up...Truly, this group is amazing.
Hopefully, the next time you all hear from us, it will be in person!! Pray for safe travels for us. We cannot wait to see everyone!!