Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Coming Home for Christmas

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Coming home for Christmas <3 Time spent with loved ones will be short, but sweet beyond measure. A blog is up with more detail and with a list desired items to bring back for various purposes. Please let the Lrd move your heart in making a donation to our travel expenses or items to donate. Please see our blog site for donation information.  
See you all soon <3 Love, The Lee's

Dear Loved Ones,
We want to thank you for investing in our time in this land. As we wrap up our third semester here we are announcing Thee Lee's will be coming home for the winter break! We will stay with family and friends during the two months being Stateside. If you would like to make a donation to help with the flight cost please do so as soon as possible and as you are Led by the L0.RD If you have any questions please feel free to contact us by e-mailing or Facebooking us together at dozier.lee@gmail and michaella.lee523@gmail.com, or by posting on this thread.

Please reference our contact tab for our contact information. I will post our temporary phone numbers upon return and can always be reached by e-mail and Facebook when we return.

We want to tell you thank you for supporting us in this adventure. As many of you know we will have a lot going on to make accommodations to come home. If we don't respond to your contacts it's because we truly are slammed with work, packing, and prepping for the next semester. 

Please be in REYARP (read backwards) for our transition; many life changes have transpired and we ask for your love and understanding in our shortened time with everyone. Life here has proven its difficulty and has been stressful beyond measure, in various ways. We love you all and thank you for every bit of your invested time, love, SREYARP and financial contribution.

There are some items we would like to bring back to this land, for our students and for personal use. Please feel free to help up us load up an empty suitcase with goodies such as:

Frutiy candy, skittles, nerds, air heads, sourpatch kids, life savers, jolly ranchers, bubble gum, trident gum, Baby Ruth, Recees pieces, (I forgot how to spell it LOL). Please no full size candy bars; the day goes much better with bite sized sugar rushes :)

School supplies: real #2 pencils, eraser tops, red Bic pens, mini pencil sharpeners, motivational stickers, motivational stampers (we can get ink pads here).

Personal items; store brand is fine for anything of the following: chewable tums, halls refresh, Netti pot saline solution refill pack, Zyrtec (Walgreens store brand is fine: Walzyr) Ibprofin, Uno cards, and any other small card games or small board game for middle school age and up.

Much love to all,

Monday, July 29, 2013

Ice cream cone :D

Written by Michaella:

Browsing the market on a hot Saturday after teaching a class, I have about two hours to just be downtown and enjoy the city to myself.  Boy am I getting brave!  LOL  I know the streets, bus system, culture and language enough now to go out and about and have a great time with the people here in this land of sorts  :)

One on my favorite things about being here, is that almost everyone wants to talk and have some sort of interaction with us.  Not to mention getting a picture snapped with them before moving on I know he and I all over the net with as many cameras that's been in our face.  We feel famous!!!!

Well, today, as it was quite hot, I have been seeing some people around with small ice cream cones and finally spotted the source from which they came!  YES! and they were only 3 yuan.  With four flavors, I was really craving a smooth soft serve vanilla in a cone and to my desire THEY HAD white!!  Well, to my limited knowledge, I think it was intended to be vanilla.  With high hopes, I step in line.

Let me stop and laugh out loud hysterically at my very own statement:  "Step in line"  LOLOLOLOLL  HAHAHHAA  BAWHAHAHAAHAHAH  Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!   Ok... Ill collect myself. AHEM........

No direct lines here, its just those who has money wavering in the sellers face with the right words: "I want that" in which I have mastered to say in this language :D  With a creeping smile, money waving, and arms stuck out to stake my claim of my "spot-in-line" HAHAHAHA  Finally she sees me and returns my now stretched smile as I await my loooong desired vanilla ice cream cone, after 11 months, might I add  :D

As quick as it was, the money was handed and my cone was filled!!!  I turned with glee and went for my first taste!!  OHHH Boy was I happy and certainly was a sight to be seen in the large crowd around me as I was smiling like a silly fool!!! HAHAHA  Well, it was no McDonalds soft serve (I really like Mcdonalds soft serve) and it was no Briers (SP?... I've been gone too long.. I can't remember how to spell it...)  But with a bit of a cool grainy milky (not so vanilla but it will do) flavor, it burst in my mouth and I was happy!!   I enjoyed the cone for maybe... 45 seconds then I realized it started to melt... really fast....  

Well stink...  My pack of tissues are in the bottom of my bag, so I start licking fast... STOOPID BRAIN FREEZE!!!  Oh the stares of people were getting a kick our of the foreigner LOLOLOL

FINALLY!!!  I feel the tip of the tissue package when all of the sudden.......................................................

BAM!!!!!  A lady walks slam into my ice cream cone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  All on the front of her BLACK silky blouse.... of the horror!!!!!!!!!!

Immediately, panic spreads over my face because I am just now comfortable with general market talk (but to a Westerner, its yelling, and I get very nervous when people yell....) I wasn't really sure what to expect in the next immediate 10 seconds....  So with my dripping and smashed in cone, my STOOPID pack of tissues are not wriggling free from the depths of my bag... AAAAHHHH

I look at her and say "I am so sorry!!!!"  Over and over in my best Chi nese accent of course...  Well, she responded in a typical single lady response: "May-sure"  over and over that means "It's OKAY"

I just wanted to hand her a tissue or two or five!!!!!!  Oh man.... I felt so bad... so with a quickness I step to the side, wrap my what-was-left cone in a tissue and head for the trash.  So ladies and gentlemen, Chi nese ice cream was not fully worth my $.08 US cents or 3 Yuan.....  I will just gladly figure out how to perfect the baggie ice cream at home, now that I have some very high quality milk from K0r3a!!!  :)

Any suggestions on my new agenda in Michaella's kitchen??

Much love to you all.

Go hug someone, and please, sit down with ice cream cones!!!!!!!!!

D  +  M

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


'YOUR STAGE' pops YUST, name of the college that Dozier
teaches in.  Very clever hee hee  :)

Had a blast dancing in the YUST performance last month!!  The guy with dozier (above) his Chi nese name is Fan, English name is Oscar.  He became a great friend to me and Dozier but then left us for Hong Kong   :`(   He promised to visit if ever gets 
near Alabama when we get back.  

We had a great time doing a crazy flash mob dance with him and like 20-25 other people.  We wore neon colors and had four groups then ran on stage for a synchronized dance.  There were 20 acts so it was a looong night.  After it was over the grand finale was lighting some things on fire.  Scroll down to see   :)

The MC's for the night.  The ladies came out in a
different dress every time.

Everyone was taking pictures, laughing and having a great time when they finally got
everything lit up.  This large group began dancing, singing and laughing.
You can see them holding hands and moving in a circle.

Great times.  Great memories.  Great marriage.  Great love.  
Can it get any better than this?  

(Wǒ ài zhège nánrén)  (I love this man)

Fun times!!!  Have a great day everyone!!!

D  +  M  <3

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Extended Facebook post :)

Thankful to HIM ABOVE who gave this day of rest to me and my sweet husband.  It has been spent relaxing, eating a close-to-home hamburger with fries AND ketchup! OH YES!!!  I devoured two fun books since Monday and will begin another tonight.  I miss reading for fun :)  I've got banana bread in the oven, (the electric oven.... AHEM) HAHAHA and got some tomatoes about to boil for some homemade tomato soup for dinner tomorrow!

It's back to school tomorrow for a short week then only eights weeks left till the summer break.  Well, not much of a break here, MUCH to do!!

Any teachers looking to teach abroad??  There are three classrooms opening for the next school year: grades 3, 4 and 6.  It is a wild ride, with little pay, lots of love and trying times... I wont lie... but it is all worth it!  Plus, you can live among a great little community of different people from all over the world!!  What an experience and you do get paid, it is not much but can be done with much f@ith!!

Please let me know if you are interested, I would love to talk with you on the real side of what life is like here and encourage you to come if you have a heart for teaching (with a teaching degree of course!)  What an experience this has been; it is tough but it is gloriously wonderful!!

Love and Peace,
D  +  M

Monday, April 29, 2013

Pregnant orange :D

Browsing my Facebook page, I realized I have a TON of new mommy friends (25+) and wanted to give a sweet congratulations to the mommies AND daddies with their new additions!  Much love too all of those tagged and those I missed tagging, really, more than 25 took a bit of time :)  

With many anticipating the one day big news of me and Dozier saying we have one in the oven........ I must confess.......


Nothing but lemon bread is in this gals oven with a side of a pregnant orange hee hee hee.  

Happy Monday everyone!!!!! :D :D 

For now,
D  +  M  still = just 2

Sunday, April 14, 2013

A little April update from the little Lee family in this little corner of the world :D

A little love goes a long way.  Dozier and I sure hope it is felt in the long distance from here to your heart as you read this.  Our loved ones are missed for sure and we of course long to be home soon... but our life is here a little while longer.  We are quite confident we will be here through December and possibly until Summer of 2014.  With this said, we are very thankful for the recent move to a bigger unit last weekend.  It happened out of the blue as we kept pressing to be given a bigger unit.  

This is now the third unit we have been in.  Finally, the place is the right size and much more quiet.  Before it was a tiny one room efficiency and we lived underneath the male student floor...  yeah... it was never quiet, except maybe between the hours of 5am to 7am.  Now we fall asleep to the raging winds ripping around our corner unit.  Strangely, it is a rather soothing sound!  That has been something we have missed is white noise...  brrr too cold to turn on a fan etc...  

Well, our internet was set up on Friday, but we could not get it to connect, so hopefully we can work this out on Monday.  Dozier and I came up to my (Michaella's) school for internet use and grading.  He has mid terms next week then I have report cards the week after.  Both of our schools have a four day break that EVERYONE is looking forward too!!!  Wahoo!

Both of us feel stronger as teachers; I have been so proud of my students, in both grades 5 and 6, as their grades have come up, and my ESL students are surpassing my expectation!  Hooray!!  Currently, we are looking for some teachers for grades: Kindergarten (more than likely for K) one teacher for grades either 3 or 4 and one teacher for grades either 5 or 6.  We are working towards splitting all of the grades.  Please message me if you are interested!  Free lunch every day, great work environment (once you get used to the many items here that are greatly stimulating to your sensory's) and it is paid some, with low rent on campus :D  basically, it is just enough to be sustained.

Anyway, it is a process that can be done with some help from people here to guide you along the way.  Please YARP about it and let other teachers know!!  (read backwards :D )

Dozier and I hope everyone is doing well and please know we miss everyone greatly and think of home often!  Well, it is getting late here, Sunday night about 7:45pm and we have been at my school all afternoon since lunch, working.  Hopefully our internet problems will be resolved soon so we do not have to leave home to do work!  Our health is ok, of course my guy is healthy as a horse then my allergies get in the way.  I have suffered a week long battle of head congestion and terribly sore throat all week.  I am on the mend!  This was brought on by the move we made last week due to not new mold but large amounts to clean and being around bleach for days and days.. ugh... Thankfully students came to help us clean and move!

Goodnight to all!  We are going home to our little apartment that still contain a few boxes around with items to go in our kitchen cabinets.  There are zero shelves in the entire kitchen... ?... We do not know why but anyway, there are about twelve on order and we are waiting for them to be installed.  Oh well, such is life :)  We are just so thankful for this place!!!  Hall elu. jah! 

Go hug someone and tell the one you fought with last week that life is short and make up!!!!!  May HIS glor ious Peace reign in your minds and hearts <3

Much love to all! 
D  +  M


Sunday, March 10, 2013

What a beautiful day

Today, Dozier and I spent the day out in the crowds today, holding hands and showing the world there is something great that we can love: others.  It was fun for the first hour as we walked around smiling at people in and out of the stores, and then, the sun began to set..  And whoa it started to get cold quick!  The wind was picking up and it felt brutal each step we took.  After a wile, we stopped in one store to buy an item we needed and stayed there for at least ten minutes to warm up.  We headed home shortly after we warmed up.

At one point we stopped near a beauty counter because I needed new eye shadow (I have had the same for tooooo long, it was causing irritation, red eyes and tears...) I finally found a color that was a good price and agreed to it.  As I'm getting my money, the clerk (as usual) tries to up sell me, I say "no thank you" in my broken Chi nese then realize she is fiercely pointing at my dark circles and talking loud... Which is just talking in this culture... LOL

I grab her mirror and to my horror I realize I have no make up on...NONE!   She had a point...  I have been a bit perturbed over these newly formed and unwanted colors since last fall but did not want to spend money on things like this.  

Oh well, I talked the price down and got a small container of dark circle remover with my new eye shadow of two colors for about $17 USD... guess that is what I get for being a middle school teacher in another country!  All nineteen students are worth dark circles and ever falling gray hairs from my head :)

Can anyone say.... Sleep deprived?

Hope everyone remembered to turn their clocks forward this morning!?  Here in Chi na we do not have such a thing.  It is the same time and time zone from the East to the West and from the South to the North in all of  C hi na.  It works great here, why not back home?  I say we fall back and leave it alone!!

Have a great Sunday everyone.  I am about to go to bed with a belly full of homemade soup, sandwiches and banana bread while hoping this cream works for my "black eyes"  :D

Much Love to all,
D  +  M