Merry Christmas from China!

Great Christmas Eve! 🎅 Went to breakfast and shopping with mom. Saw totally cute gift ideas!! 😊 Then my friend Harry came by and we made peanut butter and ritz cookies, had delicious dinner, walked the river looking at the lights, saw the fireworks, etc. ❄ Even saw an electrical fire! 😱 Then the lovely cafe owner’s wife gave me a cupcake for Christmas 😍 Even though China doesn’t really celebrate Christmas, lots of locals stopped to wish me Merry Christmas. Then woke up this morning to awesome gifts, delicious breakfast treats from a friend, and a spa day. Tonight I party with some friends here at the foreign housing.  A real wonderful life!

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My Student Serena made me this wreath – isn’t it adorable?!




This is Walmart during Black Friday – the next line is full – please go clear to the next paragraph 😜 (Sign posted at our resident Waka – the Chinese Walmart)

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Bad News: no electricity from 8-8 so no meals provided. Which is against my contract but they don’t care. —_—

Good News: I am surrounded by amazing friends, family, and students who I love so much and who love me in reyurn. And these lovely roses were only $1 each 😁 What a blessing!

Happy Teacher’s Day!!


September 10th was Teacher’s Day in China, the day students and administration recognize their teachers for all the hard work and efforts.  I’m always impressed by how many students actually take the time to stop and tell me thanks or Happy Teacher’s day – yesterday, my entire class stood up and wished me a great day!  It really is a great time for teachers and student to connect, reaching out to one another.  Personally, I believe it is also a great day for teachers to reach out to the students and thank them for being so attentive and working so hard for them.  I always like to stop and tell them how much I appreciate their time and efforts, and to let them know I respect them for actually working with me instead of cheating their way through.   

I really do have great students!


Playing Dirty


Mud Volleyball at Mark Twain Days in Hannibal, MO 4th of July

Happy Days!



I have yet to see a day where Balloons on a Blue Sky don’t make me a little bit more cheerful!

The Santa Cow Has Arrived!