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God's Plan For Us

This is our journey - God's incredible plan for our lives. When we followed the moving of the Holy Spirit, He opened the windows of Heaven and poured out upon us blessings we never dreamed of! Indescribable joy!

" For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Some Things I've Learned in China

Squatty potties are not my thing or Em's - you would not believe how excited we get when we see a western toilet
Peanut butter is a rare commodity, but if you find some (thanks Skippy and Walmart) it's like manna
You can use a chopstick for a knife to spread on that special PB and also the jelly
Tissues work great as plates
I don't like hand washing clothes
If you adopt a Chinese child and you're from the USA expect a lot of stares
I miss my Diet Dr. Pepper
I also miss COLD drinks - their cold is our lukewarm
If you buy a yellow stuffed monkey at the zoo check first to see if it makes an annoying screeching sound when it's belly is squeezed
Tissues are three-ply and Elli separates each and passes one part to each of us (she's been taught to be thrifty - Em has her work cut out)
Cinderella Barbie cost more than a suitcase
Don't open your mouth when taking a shower or forget and put your toothbrush under the tap.
The waiters and cooks remember what you order for breakfast and fix it without being asked
We've been told not to be in your bare feet on the bedroom floors so we had been very careful to always have on shoes - however once Elli came into ours lives we've all sat on the floor our standards have been lowered just to get a smile
A man who never would wear a bright yellow shirt not only will wear one but also buy one all because a little girl likes the color yellow
Em will put on my bathing suit and sit in the floor of the shower to try and entice Elli to take a shower (she will also -because she forgot the rules -open her mouth wide and let water pour into it - you should have seen the look of horror once she realized what she'd done)
A little six year old being sick in the night will make us all jump up and help with the clean up (I don't think that ever happened before)
Beach balls from the dollar store are the world's greatest!!!
Diaper wipes and hand sanitizer are life savers
A Dora the Explorer backpack from a yard sale (fifty cents) is a cherished item taken everywhere
That our family will do anything for a laugh from Elli - to include being covered in stickers and post it notes
Shorts and t-shirts are not the norm even though it is in the 80's here and humid
Light up tennis shoes with Disney princesses on the side are really cool!!!!
Baked beans, cooked veggies, sushi are served at breakfast here
In a city of 6 million there is only ONE Walmart
Elli loves a type of milk we think is like Pediasure in the US
A six year old has more energy than two adults and a teenager combined
Cards sent with us and read every morning from people back home start the day out right
Prayers are answered every second of everyday

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