Sunday, March 31, 2013


I've been meaning to post for the past week about some of the fun things that have happened.  I got to meet a 93 year old woman and make jiaozi at my boss's house and later that night ended up at a huge wedding reception.

Last night they had a singing competition on campus for the Foreign Language Department and I got a formal invitation.  It's a cultural thing for them to practically force their guests to do some kind of performance so my American neighbor, along with a student of ours, somehow managed to get up on stage in front of who knows how many people and 'sing' a song.  They tried to find the music to go with it but I'm pretty sure they had the wrong music.  It was kind of a huge mess, but if you know me at all then you know that was a HUGE accomplishment for me to get up on stage, with a microphone, and sing in front of anyone.  I survived.  It was interesting.  There are bigger things to write about at the moment though.

I woke up early on Friday to go climb the big mountain in town.  I had a skype call with a lovely lady at 10:30 so I had 3 hours to get there, climb as much as I could, get back, and shower.  I made it probably 1/3 of the way up and just sat down and had an awesome few minutes with the Father.  It's hard not to be moved when you're overlooking the whole city while listening to music about the Father, a few days before the celebration of such a significant event.  It was perfect.

Even though all of that fun stuff has been happening, there is only one thing occupying my thoughts right now and that is what happened today.  I wrote about it in my last post not knowing if it was really going to happen, but it did!  My brother and sister were dunked today.  It was my first time dunking anyone, and for it to happen here and with them was... I can't even describe it.  I listened to them explain what it all meant to them before it happened and I was a wreck on the inside.  I sat there biting my lip so I didn't burst into tears - happy tears, the absolute best kind of tears.  After it happened they both hugged me and told me how much they loved me and how happy and thankful they were.  Later, my 'sister' was dancing around and I asked her if she was ok, in a joking way, and she said she was just so excited.  [And sitting here typing this, thinking about it all again, I just had my little release of the tears.]  

There are a million things I want to say but I can't think of any way to say them right now.  Flskdjhasldhgl.  I'm just ecstatic.  That's about all I can say.

Happy Easter everyone.  Be more than thankful for this day.  I know I am right now.

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