Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ginger House ~

Well, when we thought our move to Beijing was inevitable, we made what we thought would be our last walk to our favorite Coffee House.

I took some pictures to remember it by.

It was a pretty quiet afternoon as we were trying to process the reality of moving 
and leaving the friends we've made these past 3.5 years behind.

Coming to the Ginger House to relax & refuel
or simply to meet up with friends has become familiar to us and our kids

And again, this last weekend we were there,

 but this time not with such a sombre mood.

 We are staying put here in Zhongshan, at least for now. and it's kinda great.  
We are diffinently looking around at our friends and our kid's friends 
with fresh eyes and deeper appreciation. 

You don't always appreciate what you have until you just about to loose it.

I need to remind myself of that....

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Lead me where my trust is without borders ~

We love Zhongshan.
It's where our sweet Ping is from,
it's been our home for the past 3.5 years...

...it's warm, always in bloom.
Like we L.O.V.E. this city...

So, as hard as it would be to leave this City behind,
we said yes to the request to move up North.

We love New Day and all that it does,
and we feel truly humbled to be a part of the New Day Family.

Adrian volunteers with them from all the way down here,
but it would make logical sense to relocate to the Main Campus. 
There is no longer a New Day Foster home in our Province.

So, we prayed and in faith believed that the Lord confirmed to us
 that we were to let go of all our other involvements.

We committed ourselves to be solely focused to ND.

However, we did not believe that we had received clear confirmation
 that we were supposed to move there.

I should clarify that Adrian is able to work from a distance 
and travel up there periodically throughout the year. 

So we asked the Lord to show us His Will,
 either Open the door or Shut it. 

Feelings aside,
If He Opened the door to move,
we'd go.

My heart was saying,
"If Your presence does not go with us,
do not send us up from here"

He always answers,
but we were not expecting the answer we got...

the 'Moving' door clearly shut...  

We were speechless.

We completely trust God's leading in e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g....
but we'd be lying if we didn't go
"Say whaaaa?......"

We all just sat there,
Me in the midst of boxes in Zhongshan &
Adrian and Gem while apartment hunting in Beijing 

And then the coolest thing happened...

 He showed up.
His presence filled our home, there was such a tangible Peace.
He's not called the Prince of Peace for nothing eh?

I know there are friends and family that think we're nuts.
That strongly disagree with our choice to live here.
But can I encourage you that He really is a Good Good Father.
He really does have a plan for your life.
He really is better at directing us then we are at directing ourselves.

 When He speaks to you, He will confirm it.
You don't have to guess.
Wherever He asks you to go, He will make a way.
Whatever He asks you to do, He'll equip you.

So, I can say we know our next step.
Not the one after that though.....

But we're cool with that.

We don't need to know the whys,
we aren't anxious at all.

We're excited.

He's moving.
And we're learning that it's better letting Him in the driver's seat then us... 

He's a perfect gentleman.
He only takes the lead if we let Him.

We're still figuring this whole life out.
We're meeting some pretty amazing folks along the way.

Monday, April 24, 2017

LangQingXuan Home

Well, yesterday started off with heartattack WeChat message from Adrian... 

...the landlord was sending someone over to take photos...
or was it an inspection regarding damage deposit....

...the joys of 2nd language learning...

You see, we've recently given notice that we'll be moving.

...and so like any experienced Home seller 
( trust me I have TONNES of experience 
with short notice house viewings ),  
I did what any sane mother would do...

I made my 2 oldest race home from school on their scooters to help me paint, and clean the place up...

I tore through all the rooms sweeping e.v.e.r.y toy, trinket and bobble off the floor, window sill younameit, into bags and boxes and hid them all away.

Sounds silly right?......
 I figure, this ain't my 1st rodeo...

Some Landlords here look for 'damage'  ...

 ...so they can insist you DON'T get your damage deposit back and you end up paying them even more 'damage' fees.

And I know we are good tenants,
not perfect...
...we do have a Lukai 
and 2 cats...

but seriously y'all should have seen this place when we moved in!

Three words...
Creepo Bachelor Pad

Just ask Carrie... 

So I wanted Photographic proof that the apartment
 is in very good condition!....

In other words...I want all my deposit back 

...we'll need all the funds we can get for our upcoming move.

And in true fashion, the Realtor / Photographer arrived not when he told us he was coming, but... 

...2 hours earlier
But in the end, it doesn't matter...

...I got some nice photos of our home for our Memory book

And I'm hoping and praying the Landlord is happy and we will not be unfairly gouged ....

...as we have been in the past.

This creepy bachelor pad, has become my favorite home to date.

It just was in need of some Cheap-o-Pinterest inspiration,
and some killer cleaning

Thanks to Carrie and Chris!