10 01, 2018

Finding My Family Tree

2018-01-10T03:16:16+00:00January 10th, 2018|Education, Faith, Family History, Family Tree, Wise Parents|

In my husband’s hometown, deep within China’s countryside, there is an old man who holds a very special book. This book cannot be borrowed, even for a day, and cannot be taken out of his home.  It is the book which holds the genealogy---the family tree---for the Qian family dating back to the dynasties.  Our children’s names have now been [...]

21 03, 2017

Instilling Leadership Skills in Kids

2018-01-10T03:05:18+00:00March 21st, 2017|China, Education, Third Grade Teacher, Wise Parents|

As an educator and parent, I have learned that there are several ways to cultivate true leaders as we influence children.  Let me share 3 practical principles to consider as we shape the leaders of tomorrow. It is important to recognize that there are many kinds of leaders.  There are extroverted, charismatic leaders, whom we might first imagine when thinking [...]

21 03, 2017

7 Life Lessons for Women

2018-01-10T03:08:19+00:00March 21st, 2017|Life Lessons, Self-Improvement, Women, Women's Day|

As Women’s Day approaches, I’ve reflected on lessons I’ve learned throughout my life--- particularly as a woman. Some of our most important life lessons come to us through personal experience. If I could have a chat with my younger self, I would offer a few lessons I’ve learned. But since I can’t do that, I’ll offer these lessons to my [...]

16 03, 2017

Student-Led Conferences

2017-03-16T04:13:12+00:00March 16th, 2017|China, Education, International Education, Student-Led Conferences, Third Grade Teacher|

As a teacher, one of my favorite days of the year is Student-Led Conference Day.  I have the opportunity to watch my students interact with their parents, guiding them through the important third grade work they've done so far this year. They share their ups, their downs, their favorite pieces of work, and the things that were difficult for them.  [...]

8 03, 2017

What Does It Mean To Be Clean?

2017-03-08T02:03:15+00:00March 8th, 2017|Boy Scouts of America, China, Wise Parents|

I was reflecting recently on an experience I'd had a couple of years ago.  I think I needed some assurance that I was doing at least a couple of things right as a Mom. I had been talking with a few boys who are part of the scouting program.  I asked them what it meant to be "clean" as that [...]

20 02, 2017

Lessons From Mom and Dad

2017-02-20T21:44:08+00:00February 20th, 2017|China|

My dear parents were such wonderful examples to me.  They both overcame various obstacles in their lives and like all of us, they weren't perfect, but as I'm a parent now it is obvious to me that they did so many things correctly.  I'm very grateful for a few things in particular.  I miss them, but I am so lucky [...]