Missing Home

I had to flip my calendar page to December today. Actually I looked down at the date on my computer and freaked out first. Where has the time gone. I only have a few weeks before my semester is over, and I’m still trying to get my final exam planned for the students.

Yesterday some of the other foreign teachers and myself got together to celebrate Thanksgiving. It hasn’t really felt like the holidays yet, but after having a day of way too much American food, with Turkey, green bean casseroles and sweet potatoes it finally felt like Thanksgiving. I ate way too much, of course and spent the day watching Christmas movies like Elf and It’s a Wonderful Life (actually I slept through most of that one, curled up on the couch).

We spent a the afternoon talking and laughing and I taught them how to play Honeymoon Rummy which I lost with a finesse that only comes from years of practice. I love my China family so much, but there is still a hole in my heart that is missing home right now. I wish there was a way I could be in two places at one time because I really feel pulled in different directions.

I got to skype with Mom and Dad on Thanksgiving day and they passed the computer around the entire room so I got to talk to everyone. My cousin’s husband even showed me his dinner plate like “Yep, here’s what we’re having for dinner today”.

I guess what I’m trying to say is I love you all very much and wish I could be with you for the holidays.


I did get my Christmas decorations up a few days ago, and yes I managed to find a Christmas tree!  It turned out really nice which I’m super excited about, and there is even a wreath on the door.  I had to make the wreath out of tinsel and a cardboard ring but I think it turned out pretty good.  

It’s getting colder here, thought not as cold as some of you all back home that have had snow already, Wow!  I’m planning a Christmas Cookie exchange like my good friend Vicky always does back home.  The idea of baking cookies in my oven is a bit comical considering it probably will only hold 4-6 cookies at a time, but the fun part is the process, and possibly teaching my chinese friends to bake.

I’m also planning my trip for winter break in between semesters.  I’m thinking somewhere warm would be nice…



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Juanita Puckett says:

    Your wreath is beautiful and so is your little tree. We do not realize how ingrained our traditions are in us. Was wonderful that you were able to have an American Thanksgiving
    dinner with your American friends. Friday Louisville had light up Louisville and Forty nights of Lights the weather was great maybe a little cold. High of 55. People were crazy for Black Friday that spread into Black Thursday and Saturday this year. The last of our thanksgiving family left late today (Saturday) The second of the Hunger Games just came out and the Hobbit is due out Dec 10th. Second despicable me movie will come out in DVD very shortly. Numerous concerts and productions will be coming to town for the holidays like sound of music. Thanksgiving is always packed with football games so you are glad when that part is over. Take care. Happy Thanksgiving

    1. Thanks Juanita! I’m glad to hear that everyone back home is doing well. I will definately miss all the lights and decorations up everywhere in Louisville for Christmas. They finally have all the decorations up here in Walmart so it is starting to feel more like Christmas though. It’s been unusually warm here, today I just wore a sweater (no coat) and was fine outside.
      Tell everyone at Cedar Springs that I’m thinking about ya’ll and hope everyone has a great holiday.

  2. nytemirage says:

    It does seem like time has flown by. Doesn’t it!? Today is Bryce’s Birthday! He’s 8 years old. I can’t believe it! I hope you’re doing good in China. And it’s still Dec 3rd over there right now. So you’re still within Bryce’s Birthday! YAY! HAHA! Hope you have a great day!

    1. Tell Bryce 生日快乐 for me. (That’s Happy Birthday in Chinese… lol). Hope things are going well for you. We need to have a skype date again soon, so I can hear how Bryce’s chinese lessons are going. I’m supposed to have a Chinese tutor starting next Saturday.

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