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”

A Stellar Staycation

This past week, Charles and I had off from school for Fall Break. We originally contemplated going to the beach but eventually decided that we’d rather take a “staycation” by staying home and doing things we enjoy. We were able to take it easy but also accomplish some tasks and errands. We did laundry, cleaning, and shopping, Charles spent two days working uninterrupted at school, and I completed a much-needed reorganization of the pantry/laundry room/tool cabinet/cleaning closet/etc. room in our house. We had fun playing games together, watching episodes of our favorite TV shows, spending time with Emi, taking a walk in the local park, video chatting with friends and family, going out to eat, and doing our “own thing” like reading for me or playing computer games for Charles. All in all, it was just what we needed and was a stellar vacation! Continue reading “A Stellar Staycation”

Puppy Love

I love my little Maltese dog named Emi. She has been a great companion over the past five years, and I can’t imagine life without her. Especially during my recent leave of absence from work, it’s been great to have her home with me during the daytime. I call her “my little white shadow” because she follows me everywhere.

Of course, over the summers when we travel to the U.S., Emi has to stay in Taiwan. This summer she’s staying with a very nice family with two kids in upper elementary/middle school. They are excited to keep Emi, and Charles and I are excited to have such a nice summer home for her. Continue reading “Puppy Love”

A Happy Hatchling Easter

In my last post, I talked about the season of life in which I find myself: one that has been challenging but through which I am able to see God’s grace and provision. One healing aspect of walking this difficult road is celebrating small victories and accomplished daily goals. One such victory was that over Spring Break (two weeks ago), I was able to travel down to Kaohsiung via the High Speed Rail by myself to spend four days with my sisters. I went down on Friday morning, and Charles (with Emi in the car) followed on Sunday morning for an Easter celebration and then Morrison Professional Learning meetings on Monday. Though we certainly did miss each other, Charles and I enjoyed our respective vacations: me with my sisters away from my home, and him with some peace and quiet in our apartment.

This post is dedicated to several very fun days of being a “Hatchling” once again. I have mostly pictures and short anecdotes to share, and I hope you enjoy. Continue reading “A Happy Hatchling Easter”

Painting of a Puppy

I have two dear friends who attended Asbury with me and were married just after they graduated.  They have remained close friends of mine throughout the years, and I am blessed to spend time with them about once a year.  I guess we are on a similar life schedule because they got a little Shih tzu puppy named Jake just a bit before I got Emi (almost exactly two years ago, by the way–wow, time flies!). Continue reading “Painting of a Puppy”