Thursday, April 24, 2008


I just had to stick two pictures up here to celebrate two of my best girl friends.

Mrs. Courtney Gwinn had her second little girl, Jane Claire Gwinn on April 19th:

And Mrs. Karen Cronin just told me that she has her very first on the way!

This ultrasound picture might be a little blurrier than the one above, but it's just a peanut right now!

Congratulations to both of you! Life is really amazing- Your families are beautiful and you are blessed!

Being over here in Asia, it is hard sometimes to watch your friends' lives in the U.S. keep going by. But I've realized that there is something special in seeing lives in steps or phases. I really get to appreciate the beauty of their lives because I don't see it or experience it every day like I used to. Now, as opportunities for communications are rarer, I get to experience the big stuff. The marriages, the babies, the birthdays, etc. And there is something so special in watching their lives and joys, even from a distance!

"Can miles truly separate you from friends.... If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there?" ~Richard Bach

Congrats again girls! Love you both!

Monday, April 7, 2008

April is Going by Too Fast!

I can't keep up. Work is running a mile a minute and my family members are all getting impatient that I'm not writing blogs twice a week! :) I am getting ready to launch a product trial tomorrow and go to Indonesia later this week, so accept my apologies. There has been a lot of experiences that I need to write about, but a good start is a couple of pictures.

This past weekend was a 3 day weekend due to a Chinese holiday. Saturday I actually drove my boss's car along with two other friends out to hike outside of Beijing. Driving in China isn't as hard as people think. I might even apply for my license one day! This is us standing in front of the "Giant Buddha" at the bottom of the mountain.

And last weekend we celebrated Adrian's birthday! The party was super fun, and a great chance to bring all the friends together in one place. (Bday boy on the right)

Just having fun...

And blowing out candles...

It's time to register for classes back in Columbia, SC right now. We are having a hard time thinking of life back in school in SC, as we have been in Beijing almost 14 months now. But the day has to come eventually! The truth is, we will have fun and learn new things wherever we go, but its amazing how quickly we became attached to Beijing.