Summer Loving

Hello, there! It’s been a while since I’ve written here, so I thought I’d give a little update.

U.S. Travels

Charles and I went to the U.S. for the summer, and we enjoyed seeing family and friends. We spent most of our time in upstate New York at my parents’ home. During that time, we celebrated my sister’s wedding which was a complete joy. The highlights were reconnecting with extended family and good friends, being together with both of my sisters for an extended time, seeing my sisters’ former foster daughter again (she was the flower girl), spending time with my best friend (during the wedding and the week after), and celebrating the beginning of a God-centered marriage between my sister and her husband. Continue reading “Summer Loving”

Gone Fishin’

It was a beautiful day on the Oneida Lake: cool weather, clear skies, radiant sun shining down on blue rolling waves. Mom, Dad, Charles, and I went fishing with a friend, Bill, from the church who has his own boat and fishing tackle and LOVES to fish and take people fishing.

We were on the water by 9:30 a.m., and we fished until about 1:30 p.m. Everyone was catching fish except me. Walleye, pickerel, and sun fish at every 3rd of 4th cast for everyone except Christel. =( I got a few bites, but never anything substantial. Finally, in the late midmorning, I caught my first pickerel, one big enough to keep and eat. I ended up catching two more during the rest of the day, but they were small, so we threw them back. Continue reading “Gone Fishin’”

Summer Fun Has Begun!

Charles and I (and my two sisters) have been home with my parents in Baldwinsville, New York for two weeks now. The jet lag has finally worn off, and we’re beginning to re-acclimate to American culture. We’ve done some shopping which is always a fun thing to come home to (you mean I can buy clothing my size here?!). We’ve also gone on some outings and had friends visiting. My best friend, Sarah, came for a week-long visit, and my sister’s boyfriend also came for a few days. Here are some of the highlights of the summer so far. Continue reading “Summer Fun Has Begun!”

{Segue} One Week!

A festive red envelope from a friend in Taiwan. Red envelopes are used when gifting money for special occasions.

One week from tomorrow, I will become the Pretzel Lord–ahem–Mrs. Prezalor. I’m not even married yet, but I’ve already heard the nicknames on repeat–from my middle school students (I tell them that Charles is the “Pretzel Lord,” and I’m the “Pretzel Lady”) and from friends: “That sounds like ‘Praise the Lord!'” It seems like whatever my last name (Hatcher=Hatch or Hatchling), there are always nicknames readily available. That’s okay with me.

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