15 09, 2019

It’s Been a Year….

2019-09-15T23:17:54+00:00September 15th, 2019|China, Faith, Family, How Sweet the Bitter Soup, Life Lessons, moving to the US, Self-Improvement, Success Principles, transformations, Utah, Writing Life|

It's been a year since we moved to the good 'ol USA.  There have been hard times and adjustments but I am extremely grateful for all the learning that has occurred.  In our family scripture study this morning, we discussed how we grow from our trials, and sometimes we are even....grateful...for the pain we've gone through.  With a choice to [...]

29 08, 2019

The 9th Chinese-Western Couple…..

2019-08-29T17:28:41+00:00August 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Okay, we weren't the 9th Chinese-Western couple in the history of the world, but we were the 9th to apply for a marriage certificate in the province of Hubei, China.  The obstacles still seem insurmountable when I look back on it, but the fact is, we did manage to get our marriage certificate and actually became husband and wife back [...]

21 08, 2019

Sweet and Bitter Childhood Home

2019-08-29T17:13:11+00:00August 21st, 2019|China, Expatriate, Faith, Uncategorized, Writing|

I suppose it's not a spoiler to say that the book leaves off where the rest of our lives begin.  Yes, we go to America.  At one point, we decide to go back to China.  More on that much, much later. But you have to know WHY we went back and this picture is part of it. This is William's [...]

9 08, 2019

Planning the Wedding—an excerpt

2019-08-29T17:13:46+00:00August 9th, 2019|China, Expatriate, Writing|

An excerpt from How Sweet the Bitter Soup by Lori Qian William’s family knew we were broke and that this was the main reason we were putting off the wedding. One day after lunch at Shi Mo’s house, his parents, aunts, and uncles gathered around us and asked if we would consider getting married during Spring Festival if they would [...]

11 03, 2019

Eight Months in the USA Already

2019-06-15T15:28:38+00:00March 11th, 2019|China, Church, Family, Life Lessons, moving to the US, Utah|

Hard to believe it's been 8 months already.  From a city of 15 million, to a city of 15 thousand---we have made this our home.  Alpine is a wonderful place and we are enjoying the new life here with all that Utah has to offer. My sweet kids have impressed me so much with their open-mindedness and willingness to try [...]

11 09, 2018

We are All Transformers

2018-09-11T19:51:17+00:00September 11th, 2018|Education, financial security, fitness, Great Wall Half Marathon, health, Life Lessons, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, transformations, Uncategorized, Women|

I still don't know if this is the greatest word for it, but I'm a transformer.  No, not the one you're thinking of, but to move from one form of something to another, to make that transition, is to transform, right?  It's more than just a transition, and it's beyond simple change.  When we transform, we are still "us", but [...]

18 08, 2018

Hey, Let’s Just Move to America!

2018-08-18T20:32:14+00:00August 18th, 2018|China|

Well, okay, we didn't decide to make this international move quite that spontaneously, but someone told me recently that I had made it look so easy ---as if I just decided one day, and then did it!  I appreciated the compliment, but that's not quite the case.  It had been on our minds for awhile, but this was the time [...]