• 07Feb

    Things in the village are great. The weather is warm, the food is tasty and laughter fills the holiday air.

    The other day we woke up at 6 am prepared our things and went over the hills and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house… Nothing like not only getting up but also making it almost halfway up the mountain before the sun rose above the great mountains.

    Robert you’d be proud as I was the only one with a flashlight (in the form of a headlamp) this trip. So I guided those of us who needed the help up the mountain. (Ruth’s parents both somehow were able to walk in the pitch black with no problems! We’re talking a dirt path that goes straight up the mountain with plenty of large rocks, plants and turns. We’re nearing Chinese New Year so the moon is close to being new and NOT FULL! I’m still not sure how they did it.)

    We made it to Grandma’s house around 9, just in time for the pig killing. (Sorry no gory pictures this time). The feast was like nothing I’ve had before with at least 12 dishes on each table (of which there were 5, each seating at least 8 people).

    I love the time spending with this family learning more and more about Chinese culture, Mandarin and the local dialect!

    It’s been especially great to see the change that’s been going on in Ruth’s dad’s heart since he decided to fully follow our Heavenly Father. The stress that was once loading down his shoulders has been lifted giving him more time and strength to simply enjoy the gifts that our Father has blessed us so abundantly with. He used to smile some before but now he smiles with a joy that can only come from Him. It has been amazing to see that change come from her dad being surrounded by those showering him with the love of the Lord.

    I’ll close with this picture describing the beauty of this place and the serenity and peace I’ve seen in her dad. (Taken at the top of the mountain on the way to Grandma’s).



  • 01Feb

    So walking along the road I come to a construction site for putting a new layer of concrete on a bridge.

    Here’s the site:


    The fun part came where watching how they were doing it.

    For starters there were at least 25 people on site. One cement mixer which poured out 2 wheelbarrows full every 2 minutes or so.

    But of the 25 workers there were about 12 actual workers. 4 adding rocks and cement mix. 1 operating the cement mixer. 4 on wheelbarrow duty. 2 hoeing the dumped cement. And 1 on tamping and smoothing.

    The other 13? On fire duty. Someone has to absorb the warmth coming from the fire.

    How do these guys make sure it’s level? Um. Level? You’re supposed to do that?

    Then there is the wheelbarrow guys trying to make things harder by creating a larger area of poured cement, then having to drive the wheelbarrow OVER the newly poured cement so that it could get to the places in the middle that didn’t have enough. Nothing like making it harder on yourself. But maybe that’s how you get to join the fire group faster?

    Common sense did not flow from this worksite. I wish I had videoed it. Instead I was surprisingly entertained for 15 minutes by watching a demonstration on “How to make a cement bridge the wrong and hard way”.

    Oh I love this place!



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