So, we can’t post new posts, but we can edit old ones… go figure! 😀

Quick update:
We have a niece!! Olivia Ann was born late Tuesday night, and went home with Dave & Meredith over the weekend. We can’t wait to meet her!
Nate & Leah had their baby girl, Kyla Noel, on Saturday afternoon. She too is healthy and home.

We’re pushing forward with preparations for Christmas. It hasn’t hit our home yet, but the drama production and concert are moving all at full steam. We’re hoping to enjoy Thanksgiving in the midst of all the busy-ness.

We’re not cruising the Yangzi, but we might be movie stars!
Our plans to take the Yangzi River trip have been postponed – hopefully not cancelled. Due to some miscommunications and a desire to save some money, we are putting off the trip until May holiday.
On the up side, we have been offered lead roles in a movie! Someone with connections to our company is putting together a film about Samuel Pollard, who worked in the Guizhou and Yunnan provinces, specifically with the Miao minority. They would fly us there and back, and all the work is to be done over the Thanksgiving break. We’re finding out more details today, and we’ll see where it leads! 🙂

Well, that’s all the excitement for now. Have a great week!

Working at an International School

There are times when I’m reminded of my employment at an international school.  There were three such examples this week.

On Monday a new student arrived at school.  I found out that his Father is Scottish, but his Mom is Thai.  He has been living in Vietnam, but has moved to China, where his Dad is now working for IKEA, a Swedish company.

Thursday I met with a group of men as we gave advice to a 2007 graduate of CDIS.  The meaningful time was a send-off by his father, before Brownrygg heads off into work with a drama and arts group.  This group and Brownrygg are both in South Africa.

Friday night the student government, which I advise, held their first major activity of the year: a halloween party called Octoba Faste.  (There should be a couple accents thrown in there.  It doesn’t matter where.)  Planning in eastern cultures is much closer to events than in western cultures; it is difficult to buy plane tickets more than a month or two in advance.  This carried over into the planning for this event, and I was nervous for the students and how it would turn out, but everything went well and it looked like people were having a good time.

The fun continues this week as Parent-Teacher conferences are on Monday and Tuesday.  Talking to parents can be difficult; talking to parents who don’t speak English makes it all the more so.