Monday, April 27, 2015


I'm here! A good six months later than I expected, in spring time instead of fall, with a different visa than I expected, but I'm here.

It all still seems a bit surreal. China is so familiar, yet the village I am living in is so much smaller and has a different feel. I am living in an apartment (complete with 6 floors of stairs) instead of a first floor dorm room. I have 3 roommates and the other volunteers are farther away than down the hall. Packing was different. A lot less wondering if I would need something and a lot more , yes, I need to bring deodorant, and no, I can buy shampoo and body wash there.

At the same time all it took was walking through the airport (actually all it really took was waiting for my flights surrounded by Chinese people) to feel familiar. The familiar look and feel of the money, crisp hundreds and well used ones. A trip to the grocery store to see my favorite snacks and knowing which shampoo to buy even though I can't read a word on the bottle. Laughing with my roommates over cucumbers and mutton sticks.

So, I've arrived. Arrived in the country that has stolen my heart and so ready to see how it further captures it this time. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

18 days and Empty Suitcases

18 days are all that stand between me and China. Part of me can't believe I am typing these words. I initially e-mailed New Day a year ago an anticipated going in the fall. Then you know the story, setback after setback. But now it's just about go time! After waiting for so long, it's time to GO!

Here's a quick recap of the timeline:
April 2014- e-mail New Day about volunteering
June/July 2014- officially apply and interview
September 2014- start support raising and visa process
October-March 2014- visa craziness
March 18- find out the teaching visa won't work, decide to go on a tourist visa
March 19- buy plane tickets
March 27- get visa (good for 10 years, 90 days per entry)
April 24- leave for China
April 25- arrive in China

My favorite part of this timeline is the last few entries and how fast everything has happened! It really reminds me of God's plans and how when God says it's time to move, it's time to move and He will make everything fall perfectly into place!

Oh, and the empty suitcases, they are out and ready and I have things spread out on the floor so they won't be empty much longer! BUT I want to make sure they are as full as possible. Since I will be making a short trip home at the end of July and don't have to pack everything at the beginning I made an Amazon wish list full of items New Day would love to have! I will happily take everything over and can't wait to show you the kids using the items!

Thank you SO much for your prayers, support, and encouragement!