Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Love

Hey everyone,

Since moving to China I have experienced a roller-coaster of emotions but the one that stands out the most is love. The greatest thing about love is that it isn't just an emotion, its a choice and a commitment to put others before myself and to love under all conditions and circumstances. I will never be able to love others like Christ does but I pray that others would see the love of Christ through my poor attempt to love as He has commanded me to do so.  


Later, 


JHart




Friday, April 24, 2009

Woohoo

Hey everyone, 

So if your wondering why I used "Woohoo" as the title of this blog it's definitely because over the last couple of days we made a monumental purchase that will forever change our lives here in Luoyang.  Yeah thats right, we bought a washing machine!!  We have been here for 7 weeks and we have only done our laundry 2.  That's gross :(.  However all of that has changed because we are now the proud owners of a brand new whirlpool washing machine. :)  Yes, it doesn't use hot water and we don't have a dryer (China doesn't believe in dryers) but it is far better than dragging our laundry across town to use our friends washing machine (thanks Tim&Melissa) only to drag it all the way back to our apartment.  Did I mention we live on the fifth floor of the complex and there is now elevator.  3 weeks worth of wet laundry gets heavy real quick!  And with that I shall introduce you to our new friend.  




Later, 


JHart

Sunday, April 19, 2009

ooops...

Hey everyone, 

So let me start off by saying I am horrible at updating this thing.  My bad.  Last week I began taking chinese lessons 2 hours a day 5 days a week, instead of 3 days a week.  It may not seem like a lot of time but with commuting over and back by bus or taxi it seems to take a large portion of my day.  I am excited to be taking lessons everyday and I pray it helps me learn the language faster so I can communicate with the kids as soon as possible.  The last couple days have been rainy.  China and rain do not mix very well.  I thought the amount of dirt I accumulated each day was outrageous and then it rained and that amount doubled.  There were dirty puddles everywhere.  It was just one more way to experience the full essence of China.  :)   


I am having trouble loading pictures onto blogger again but as soon as I am able to I will write about our Awesome Easter with the kiddos.  Thats all for now!!!  Sorry for the short post.



JHart

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Pictures.....


Hey everyone,

God has blessed me beyond measure.  Have I mentioned that I love these kids yet!!  Because I do, and, I wish everyone could meet them, but since thats not possible here are a couple pics to help you see what is going on in Luoyang! 

Me and Liz hanging out at the orphanage


   Susan looking beautiful after painting her fingernails

Derrick getting ready to fly kites

        In a taxi on our way to the park.

Kids got a hold of my camera!!

        Lane, Chrissy, and Alicia


Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to His power at work within us.  To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever, Amen.


Love JHart

Saturday, April 4, 2009

1 month

So we have officially been in Luoyang for a month as of yesterday.  Me and Chrissy decided to celebrate our 1 month anniversary by going to a western restaurant called New Paradise, which is about 20 mins from our apartment.  The last month seems to have flown by.  It is hard to remember everything that has happened but it was filled with firsts.  The first time I have ever attempted to wash my clothes in the sink, the first time I have had to wash my waste down with a bucket,  the first time I have been in cold weather longer than a couple days,  the first time I have taken classes to learn Chinese, the first time I have felt like a celebrity when walking down the street just because I am white, the first time I have ever been away from home this long consistently,  the first time my house actually smells like China,  and the second time I have fallen in love with the kids.  

Everyday seems to bring new adventures and I am excited to learn more Chinese so that I can be able to communicate with the kids on a deeper level.  I have never been one to paint my fingernails or enjoy KFC, but when I am with the kids I would gladly enjoy a piece of chicken from KFC with my pink,green and sparkly fingernails because nothing compares to seeing their smiles and receiving a hug.  

Ephesians 3:20-21

In Christ,

JHart