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

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Successful first day back to school!

Arriving at school early set me up for a well planned out first day!  I was ready for anything!  I got up super early, had oatmeal (my feel good food) and plenty of water to awaken the brain!  Hooray!  The first day back to school is finally here!

As I briskly welcome my students back, I felt confident and ready!  WAAAAAAY better start than last fall..  yeah... I was pretty much a dead limp vegetable drying up from extreme dehydration as alien like foods entered my bloodstream... WOW Never have I experienced such wild sicknesses and feelings from traveling 14 time zones... AND STAYING!!!    HA

The bell rang and I opened our time with a warm smile, greeting and pr yer, then chuckled to myself of all the sleepy faces before me :)  They had no idea was about to hit 'em!  A prepared teacher!  Well, as I confidently turned on the projector to display my astronomical power point (okay, I was more than ready... alright?  HAHAHA) then suddenly, I realized with horror what was happening as the laughter from the class bellowed up from beside me.... The display on the wall was...upside down!!!  I took one look at all the chi nese symbols on that projector, let out a quiet HUFF, turned to the class, laughed out loud, and said "I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO FIX THIS!!"

Deflated, I hit the ONE button I knew --> the power button.  I then I silently yet irritatingly decided to commence my presentation with the best enthusiasm I could portray to get the information transferred to my awaiting minds HEE HEE

All of the sudden, a little voiced piped up and proclaimed: "OH I NOW REMEMBER HOW TO CHANGE IT!"  I said in the best Rod Roddy voice: "Well we have a winner!  Come on down!!"  

Three buttons people.... THREE!!!!   Ctrl, Alt, down arrow.  Then: Ctrl, Alt, up arrow

Well there ya go folks, a new shortcut to save your life.  Another cool shortcut in case you ever close down a tab: Ctrl, Shift, T.   WOW can you believe this one??  My whole world changed after discovering this recently.

When first period ended, I walked into the hallway to be in the buzz of the students and here comes the Headmaster saying as loud as he can above the noise of changing classes:

"There will be no running water to flush the commodes, and may not come on before school lets out!!"

Oh well, at least we drink bottled water from a cooler and my olfactory is becoming desensitized to the odious vapors in the air :)   Well, hooray, I would say between this and panicky students from homework shock, and no bloody noses, well, at least today, I would say it was quite a successful first day!


The water did get fixed after 4 hours <Insert hysterical belly laugh, and repeat>

Mrs. Michaella outstanding 5th and 6th grade teacher in Ch ina

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Michaella's Classroom

Come and look inside my classroom in Ch/na :)

My classroom is combined of two grades, 5th and 6th grade, all mostly from Ko. rea.  One student is German/American, another is American/Ko. re.an, (one or) two are Ko. re.an/Canadian, one is American/Chi nese and the rest are 100% South Ko.re.an.  Total of 19 students in all.   

There are computers in the school, used for their computer class and all teachers have their own laptops.  I have speakers and a projector to show videos, slides, power point or anything from my laptop in my own classroom.  My students love to watch educational youtube HAHA

We begin the day with popcorn pr. ay. r; that is I start and close the Pr.a yr and allow the students to freely participate as they feel.  We also Pr. on the hour each hour, and this is usually a short time, a mixture of being led by me or a student chosen by me.  How rewarding and humbling to hear the words I have spoken in their own person Pr. yrs!

When my students have exceptional behavior, I have a prize jar filled with their favorite candies and pencils; I'm still learning what my students like that is still affordable.  They like candy, what young tween doesn't?  When the class is VERY good, I let them have the last five minutes to play their favorite game:   NINJA!!!!     HI  YAH!!

Three of my 6th grade boys.  My handsome boys :)  Little stinkers is what they are, but VERY respectful!  "Yes Teacher"  is a sign of respect instead of Mr. or Mrs. Name, that is what some of them call me :)

My poster I made

I fought for this shelf when the front office got new furniture; it is my class communication  mailbox.    I even have one! You see at the bottom right?  Its a large envelop.  The front says "Teacher's Mailbox" but on one side it has a green strip of paper, to tell me I do not have mail.  The other side is completely orange and says "You have mail!"  Pretty clever huh?  I madeit up myself after a student said "did you get my note?"  After I realized I threw it away, because she left it on my desk on an exceptionally unorganized day... oh dear...  Yeah I had to fix this communication line, and my desk :D

There are always rules, but in my class, we have:
"Ways for teamwork success in room 212"  :D

Since almost my entire class is ESL (English as a Second Language), I decided to help them out in their writing by providing thoughtful transition words!  They responded "Oh thank you teacher!!"
Message me if you would like the master list!

As a bonus to get my middle schooler's talking and soaking up more words, I came up with Word of the day.  Does this add a ton of extra prep time and stress????  Yes it does!  But this has definitely gotten quite a few trying!  The WOD must be used in a sentence correctly, in any form, state the part of speech and spell it.  The student receives on tally mark for each day they succeed; after 5 are accumulated, they receive one bonus point on any assignment that is 99% or less.  The student may use it at any time or by the end of the quarter, for report cards.  Once used they circle with a big red marker indicating the point has been used.  Some love it, a few could not care less :D

Our bookshelf.  Those turned on their backs are books not being used but have no where else to store them.  They may be donated to an orphanage or given to the poor to collect money for the paper.  I just want them off my shelves!! The left side is where the students and teachers editions are kept; the right side is the personal library for our grades.  The schools' library is small.

These are sweet notes and origami gifts my students made for me when I was so sick!  I never missed a day of school, just one class because I needed a breathing treatment and the doctor was in that hour.  Of course the campus doctor leaves at noon every day so I made the loooong trek up the hill on a growing cold and windy day and back by the end of lunch time

I know this is big but I wanted to give you a close up if I could.  The right are limericks we did in reading during our Poetry week;
 the left is from Social Studies.  The students created a Yellow Journalism article.

My desk, part of it anyway.  I took trashed boxes and covered them in newspaper, taped them to the wall for my personal bulletin boards!  An actual bulletin board is boring so I got creative!  Like my table cloth?  It was an overlay curtain I found in my dorm room when we moved!  My prize jar is made from a can of tomato paste I bought, used and cleaned; I then dug around in the lost and found and discovered an old shoe bag, like for dirty sneakers I guess.  I washed it and covered the jar.  My kids love to make me origami presents; I keep all of them :D

Of course my "Quiet zone" is NEVER used because my children are An gels :D :D :D  HAHAHA  It has been frequented by my tweens as a place to cool down or serve their forfeited recess or silent lunch.  Of course it is set right next to my desk with a folder of communication questions; during this time away from others part of their discipline is to find verses they think will help them correct their behavior and words given to find their meaning in the dictionary like "privilege" "integrity" and "responsibility".  The paper is concluded with writing a paragraph on what they learned and a personal Pr a.yr to the FATHER.  If you would like this form in a file, just message me!

OKAY!  This is getting long, I am sorry!  I will end with one last picture.  This was taken of me on the last day of school.  Hello tired and washed out face after being in Ch / na for 4 months and surviving my entire first semester of teaching for the first time ever!!!!  Notice I am indulging on my favorite comfort food: 'Pingwah' (spoken in the third tone, falling then rising)  Again, I spelled it phonetically for you.  Guess what you just said??  APPLE!!!

I made it half of my first year of teaching.  Hooray!  PTL!

Now I need to get some pics of Doziers office and classrooms!  That will be in two weeks--> stay tuned folks!

Much love to all!

D  +  M

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Life 6 months later in Ch/na

Hello Friends!  Now that Dozier and I have a little more time, I would like to take a moment and let you in on our lives after being here 6 months!  Last fall semester was terribly difficult in just getting settled, battling sicknesses, allergies (with me--> Michaella), sleep deprivation, facing challenging deadlines, and just pouring ourselves into our students.  Routines have been put in place in the Lee home, and well thought through plans to balance our family time, teaching time, min. is. try  time with our students and taking care of our relationships Stateside.  It took a solid two months to get our money in our hands, internet set up, knowledge of where to get food (other than peanut butter and cafeteria!) and start feeling human again.  Well, classes resume for me next week and the following after for Dozier, so we shall see how well things go!   We feel a bit more prepared now for life in C hi na!   

After classes and deadlines ended December 27th, we slept all we could and ate every American dish we could create for a few weeks and just enjoyed the peace and quiet during our 'recovery time'.  Once we rejuvenated our bodies, cleaned our house top to bottom, we stayed on the phone talking with loved ones back home for all hours of the night to keep up with our relationships Stateside.  

We were, and still are, terribly homesick; this time here in the quiet has strengthened our love for The FATHER and our marriage in this time alone.  Even in the middle of the busy city, we feel alone because  of the language barrier.  How sad it is when you want to engage with someone, and you just can't!  It is terribly frustrating... and sad...  We have stayed on youtube, in the books, and phone apps to learn what we can during this winter break and all I can say is 'Dwey boo chee, teemb buh doe' (spoken in the falling tone).  I do not know the pinion so I spelled it out phonetically for you to try and say.  I said:  "I am sorry, I do not understand".  

Between the German and English department, and my school, we have made some good friends and learn from each other about the culture.  Some things we have done in our downtime, has been gathering in each others home to share meals, laughter and play board games.

I will be posting more on our classrooms since all my pictures are sorted and categorized, so please check back in the next few days for a look into our life here now!  I am adding the following pictures from around the campus I took just before it got really cold, so I think first or second week of October.  They are buildings, crops and roads right here near the campus; I took them just walking around the campus and on the main road near by.

The academy is to my immediate left, (then the college campus) as I look down into the main street heading into the city.   All of the buildings on the right are apartments.  

The ground shown here is used for crops.  It is located on the path leading my my school to the campus at where Dozier teaches.  It is hard to see, but there are phone numbers on some of the light colored areas on the wall.  I do not know what they phone numbers are for.

I am standing and facing the dorm and business building area, with my back to my school.  I am still standing on the big path leading from the Elementary school to the college campus.  To the right of the crops you see, is the path from the dorm to the school I use to get to school.  It takes about 10 minutes to get to work for me, (Michaella).

The path connecting our two schools, looking over the city, this is a view to the right from the
 picture just above.

This is the same path, just slightly turned to the right from the picture just above.  Do you see the cream colored building on the right?  That is the school I teach in!

On my walk around, I saw some of the natives burning piles of dead crops.  I think this is to help clear the land of the leftover dead plants that will not help rejuvenate the soil.  On my walk to school every morning, I walk thorough rows and rows of very tall large sunflowers and as soon as the seeds are harvested, the plants are left to die and put the nutrients back into the ground.  But, unlike the very dead plants, they get burned to make room for new plants.

The looooong walk up the path connecting the two schools.  On both sides, you will see many people working their feilds.  I always wave, smile and say hello in Ch i. ne. se  and K or. ean because I do not know which the person is just by looking at them.

Looking up the path at most of the buildings on the college campus.  

Hope you enjoyed the scenic pictures of where we walk each week!  It is Tuesday night here and Valentine's is in two days.  We will celebrate by making chicken and dumplings, banana bread or an apple cake made from scratch.  Our gifts will just be homemade cards and time spent together, maybe looking at a book I made of all the love notes we shared in our year and a half of dating.  It's very sweet and I am so glad I kept the notes and put them all in a book!

Much love to all and Happy Valentine's day!  Please eat some chocolate for us :)

D  +  M

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Emerging from the warmth Ch / na Dayzz

We ventured out and took a walk to my school for the day.  The semester is about to start again so it is time to come out into the cold and get some work done in the classroom!  We are very thankful for the long break to rest and finish getting settled in our sweet little home.  Nine weeks is a long time to not see many friends... wow was it quiet for many of our weeks.  The most exciting events were going into the city just to walk around and attempt conversations with the natives.  There were a few families here so we got together some to socialize and be around each other.  For the most part, it was terribly quiet around here over the whole break.  Many books were read and attempts to get ahead on our classwork occurred in our time off.

Here are a couple pictures of us emerging from our tiny but warm room and venturing in wind chills down to -25F.  Let me just say, my glasses were completely frozen over half way through the way. By the time we reached inside the building, I thought the heat was going to make them crack.  As I fumbled with the keys at the door, I realized I could not even feel my hands.  It felt like I had no forearms or hands.... Never in my life I have felt such a strange thing.  Dozier was trying his best to help with the keys and get us inside... I was very sacred, I can not lie.  My face felt gone, my hands were not coming back to life, so I just cried a little and he took me close and just hugged each other trying to warm up..  Of course a few sneaky smooches were stolen TEE HEE.  Yeah... I warmed up fast <3

Feeling came back and life appeared on our limbs and faces as we raced upstairs to where it was really warm in the school!  As the sun began setting around 4:45pm, we donned our winter apparel and ran for the hills!!   It is only a 10-11 minute walk from our dorm to my school but we ran most of the way.  BRRRRRR

Don't leave your home without ear covering, face covering, or any part of your skin kind of covering!!!

Doz adjusting his quickly freezing glasses as we leave our dorm.
He is standing on a hill of ice just outside the door.

Much love to you all!  Give us a call if any of you have time!  We have spent many hours on the phone catching up with loved ones over the break.  When the semester resumes, our time at home will be limited, of course, to receive calls throughout most of the day.  We are 14 hours ahead of Bham time and 13 hours ahead from our East coast friends.  The call is free thanks to Magic Jack; it uses the internet to make calls.

What a wonderful Maker He is and Savi0r we serve; how majestic His whisper is, what a wonderful G 0. d  and Father we serve!  Give Him P. ra ise, your service and adoration with your life my friends!  Spur others on, and if need, use your spurs!  


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B study in C. h, in a

Thought this was too cute not to share :)

Dozier discussed in our 'gathering' this evening on Jonah.  A friend brought her daughter along who is in the third grade.  As the child listened to what was being said, this is what she made from what she learned tonight:

 The little girl worked on this for the last 30-45 minutes of the teaching and was so happy to present this to Dozier at the end. 
Too cute!  

Happy Sunday everyone!

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Pantry and fridge items

This blog is meant for all my friends who have asked the million dollar question: "What kind of food do you eat?"  I could talk all day on how different, yet the same some foods are.  Some things just come in different packaging our pouring spouts, or just some things we're thinking throughout out the stores... "Is this meant to be eaten... or just looked at?  Why does this have spikes?  How does that fruit get sooo pink??"

Well here ya go friends!  Take a quick look in our fridge and pantry of some of our favorite foods here in Ch/ in,a:

Growing up, my family called these "Peanut butter wonder sandwiches"  Its PB, honey, and banana.  YUM!

From the left: Strawberry jam, a homemade wild grape jelly from one of my students' parents, Citron tea, Mayonnaise and Ketchup.

Cutting garlic for the week.  Yes the week.
We loooooove garlic!

Orange soda left by our friends and K, o. r, e. an orange Juice.  It is customary to bring a drink and always leave it for the host.

Try to pronounce this kids HAHAHA.
Come on its easy.  Its: "Jinminghou."  See?

Tastes just like from the States!

Popcorn kernels made on the stove.  Oh yes!
This is eaten quite often in the Lee home!

Banana chips.  I do not prefer these; I will take a fresh peeled banana over these.  Dozier really likes this snack item.  The price is not in USD this is RMB or yuan (pronounced Yoo ehn.)  One US Dollar is equal to $6.1 Yuan so this priced in US
money is $0.86.

In the great words of my Ch. ine. se friends: "These are really tasty!"  They are sea weed crackers, I like to dip them in my homemade sour cream dip with spices: onion, chives, garlic and crushed red pepper.  It was a hit last Sunday night at B study!

This is a tea served at every restaurant, that I have been to.  At first, I thought the Foohey (that is the pronunciation for server/helper in a restaurant in Ch. in e/s.e)  served us hot water and dirt.  Then my friends leaned over at the sight of my face and said "It's barley, served at every meal in restaurants."  Well, I got used to it pretty quick and now we serve it in our home to guests.  It is not that bad after all!

Look familiar?  Chocolate pie with marshmallow cream.  These were very popular during the Moon Festival a few months ago.  If given as a gift, that meant the person respected you and thought highly of you --> in so many words.  I and my husband got quite a few of these that week from our students and coworkers.  They were sold by the cases and moon cakes all on the streets.  The moon cakes were filled with red bean and or nuts.

This is expensive so we don't get this often.  Cheese is hardly found in any Chi. ne. se  or  Ko. r3an dishes, so all types of
cheese is quite expensive here.

Eggs do not come in fancy cartons like the States,  the egg shells are much thicker than what we are used to.  When we order a large bag, they all come in ONE bag and none break.  A dozen and a half of eggs are usually about $2 USD.  Of course bananas for my oatmeal and PB wonder sandwiches :D, garlic, red bell pepper, carrots and oranges.  Best tasting oranges since I lived in Florida.

From the left: Lemon juice, but it is strangely concentrated  in this goo... ummm yeah, not sure how else to explain that one.  It is nothing like fresh squeezed lemon juice on a hot July day...  next is a jar of peaches because my husband loves this! Then, the most delicious Ko. r3a.n milk I have EVER tatsed!!  And some very fresh and rich, dark apple juice

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and a look into our kitchen.  Next blog will be how we cook and show a dish or two we as Americans like to cook while living here in C.h / na.

Next time I venture to the big supermarket, I must take a video of the live silk worms in the Pupa stage.  Yes, live :)   WOW  I could not take my eyes off of it!  Stay tuned, I will video the package discretely then put the package back  :D

Happy weekend every one <3

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