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Flashback F r i d a y

We have been home for 8 months. C h i n a still feels like yesterday, but at the same time feels like a dream from years ago. In honor of Flashback Friday, here are some snaps from our last days in the beautiful country.

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We had a sweet lunch with these two beauties. It was a bitter-sweet meal knowing that it was our last one together.

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Duo Duo. This silly girl brought us so much laughter. She was a sweet blessing to adopt for the summer. She still has a piece of our hearts. ❤

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All packed and ready to train to Beijing. This is the last shot I took of Oz in our room.

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The overnight train was something like 12 hours. I was so happy to have gotten the bottom bunk this time…those beds stack three high!

IMG_2005Our last meal in Beijing with our buddy. This dish is T H E best food in the whole world. My mouth is literally watering right now.

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Travel in China just wouldn’t be complete without a little mafan. Oz’s bag was “randomly selected” to be searched. Later we were told it had something suspicious in it. There was nothing random about their selection. This is Oz’s expression in response to the love/hate relationship with mafan. [[suspicious item? the camera tripod.]]

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At our gate! Ready to fly to Japan! Behind me is the vending machine full of water and beer. Something we knew we would not be seeing in the States any time soon.

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Our bird. We sat in the wing seats and tried to realize that this was it. Homeward bound. That was a weird day. Lots of excitement to look forward to. Lots of sorrow of leaving our home we grew to love and belong to. Here‘s a flashback to before we left and one here for the first update being home. I can’t begin to tell you how much is still hidden in between the two.

On this flashback Friday I’m grateful for our many memories and thousands of pictures from three months in China. Perhaps I’m ready to start unloading the stories I’ve been keeping in my treasure box. There are so many gems to unpack. Even though its a bit daunting of a task, I feel so honored to have the gems in the first place. We have a lifetime of stories and experiences that I will cherish over and over and over again. It would be wrong to keep them locked away. Hmm…time to figure out where to start?!

Grateful,

Bee

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The Run or Dye Gremlins

Let me start by saying, I am not a runner. I was the girl who always seemed to have ‘that time of the month’ every time we had to run the mile in high school P.E. class. It’s a miracle they didn’t recommend I see a doctor. Actually, I’m a little offended they didn’t. Now, if you say I can run a 5K without it being timed (pressures off) while getting to throw colorful powder on my friend and myself, that takes the lame and most of the pain out of it and I say…Let’s do this.

Here’s the story via my iPhone pics…

My friend AlliJo is one of the most fun people you will ever meet. When I rallied people to run with me a good two months before the race, she was ALL IN! I knew the race would be that much better with this girl as my side-kick. Or me as hers? Anyhow, we started off in all black. You may notice that most/practically all of the other runners wore white. This would seem like the best decision until your friend of a friend tells you other wise and you do a last minute/night before the race wardrobe change.. Black is the canvas you want. The stars don’t shine against a white sky, folks, and neither does colorful powder. Go black or go back (home).

Without color on your person, life is just dull and you can’t seem to find joy or satisfaction, as shown in these photos below.

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The Run or Dye kit provided us with two super rad tattoos. Obviously, one had to be applied to a cheek. Just a word of wisdom, these tattoos are not your average Fruit Stripe tattoos…they will resist a good scrub down which is not ideal when you have a wedding two days later and there are still bits of mangled color specs on your face and bicep. Thanks hindsight, a little late with the FYI.

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Before the race began we were already covered in dye. We thought we were so cool “covered” in color. Little did we know how little covered we actually were…If you’re planning on running this race, brush up on your bartering skills…Scope out who has colors you don’t have and learn to sell your color because chances are, you are a little too hot pink and you need cobalt blue and golden yellow!

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You’ll notice below there are two other Black canvases…they were the o n l y two other black canvases and this created a bond between the four of us. Minorities stick together, they just get each other. Every time we ran past each other someone would yell, “Black canvas!” Support.

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I LOVE the atmosphere of this race. Everyone is there for a fun time that is also great for your health physically and mentally and emotionally. We somehow started morphing  into gremlins during the race, that should say something about the level of fun we were having. Or the seriousness of our insanity. Note, the claws above?

After the race, groups of friends were taking fun photos. AlliJo and I started asking strangers to take our pics too, because that’s what you have to do.

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Then, we had a brilliant idea.

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PHOTOBOMBING GREMLINS!

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I spy a black canvas in the below pic…can you find her?IMG_3773

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Even I got bombed!

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On the way back to the car we had prime opportunity to take our Gremlinhood to the streets. Vulernable runners stuck in a single lane exit with their windows down were just asking for it. This squat is my landing of a giant gremlin jump and scream to spook the passengers…I’m so glad their reflex was to laugh and not to punch.

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Gremlin stalking:

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All in good fun.

As you can see below, being covered in color is way more fun than not being covered in color. We were stained for days, but it was well-worth it. Three weeks later and I am still Q-tipping red out of my left ear.

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The powder will definitely highlight where you sweat…embrace it.

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So here is the link to the Run or Dye website that will tell you when it comes to your city. I highly recommend signing up (A-Jo and I bought a Groupon and only had to pay half the price!) and invite your best buds to join too. I guarantee this race will find a special place in your heart. And/or your ear.

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Sneaking up on the Desert at night

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Oz and I are really close. So, when we realized a year (ish) ago that our only tent was a “two-person” tent (how small do they think people are?) we didn’t mind having to shimmy into our tent feet first and spooning all night. We aren’t large people, so the tight space had always provided a cozy sleeping environment. However, this size tent wasn’t as practical for two people going camping as other tents would have been. My parents knew of our cocoon-home and last Christmas gifted us with a beautiful four-person tent with windows and everything! Deluxe!

All that to say, last weekend was our first excuse to use our new mansion and my did we enjoy it. It was glorious to have the option of standing, to walk a few paces if we so desired and to have enough room to change without being horizontal! My favorite feature? The mesh ceiling. It allowed me this experience:

This by far was my favorite part. In the middle of the night the desert chill interrupted my sleep and I couldn’t settle back into warmth, even with my bear of a husband next to me. With no sounds around me besides nature’s whisper of a breeze and the trees cracking in their own slumber, I suddenly felt so aware of the stillness around me. I bravely opened my eyes, risking not being able to fall asleep again and was taken aback by the sight. Looking straight up into the night, the stars were my mobile and I was a child mesmerized and captured by their endless glow and patient movement. Take this in, Bee. Breathe. I closed my eyes to feel my body experiencing this moment. I was so aware. The snaps of the tent walls being pushed by the wind, the dry air poking my tired yet grateful eyes and cheeks, icing my nose, the absence of voices that had muffled this beauty. The beauty of being there, being still, being an audience of the desert in the seat of each of my senses. This is when the desert is awakens. So uninterrupted by visitors and sounds. I opened my eyes one last time to see how far the Big Dipper had moved. How far I had moved. Its a new moment. I breathe in deep the cold air. It is drenched with the scent of earth; dirt and Jojoba leaves, but this is clean and fresh. I drew my head under the thin blankets and tried to find sleep again. I was rid of the bitter cold and the tense muscles that fought it. I was calm and giddy to rediscover slumber, this time with the inspiration of the desert night ready to invade my dreams.

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With enough consumption of hot dogs, whiskey’n’coke, and vegan franks to last me till next time, thank you J-Tree for showing us a good time.

Love always,

Bee

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Whad’ya mean its March?

Seriously, I know I can’t be the only one who is still writing 2012 on my checks. I am amazed at how quickly this year is flying by. It has truly been fun though. There have been lots of parties, game nights, family birthday dinners, and crafting. Oz and I are loving living blocks away from Balboa Park and the SD Zoo! If you have not been to either of those places then cross out your next vacation and reroute pronto! Here are a few snippets of our day at the Park.IMG_3127 IMG_3085IMG_1235 IMG_3094IMG_1229DSC_8748 DSC_8782 IMG_3101DSC_8669 IMG_3114 IMG_3133 IMG_3134 IMG_1230

There are so many fun things to do in Balboa. You could easily spend the whole day there exploring the Science museum, going to an IMAX movie, holding a beautiful bird (I’ve come a long way from from fear of birds…), listening to great street music and catching a fun magic show. There are amazing gardens to walk through that will not only romance your eyes but also your nose with their sweet smells. The museums are endless and they always have great attractions coming and going. Thank goodness San Diego is sunny all year long!

Next weekend we’re going to spend time camping in Joshua Tree with some friends. I predict loads of fun will be had. Update to come.

Cheers to Sunshine,

Bee

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Excited & Blessed

Happy 2013! I love celebrating the new year. Especially the last 2…This year has already proved to be an incredible one. There is just a sense in the air that this is a good year. Lots of favor, blessing, joy and peace. There is a happy rest in my heart. One that I have been longing for for some time now. There is already a fresh squeeze of creativity and motivation to dive into projects, independently and collectively with Oz and friends. I am beyond excited for this year. Beyond. We are settling into our new apartment in the community that we adore. What a sweet gift to live next to great friends.

Here’s how we closed out twenty-twelve:

Oz & Movember met again. However, they stay together pretty much all year long. And I support it.

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We kissed at a friends wedding:

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He finally got his tattoo that goes with mine. One year-ish later.  And best part, my brother got to do the honors. This all went down in this fabulous shop.

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My first Black Friday experience with these gems:

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Sunday Fundays with #ghlg:

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Seaport Village is always stocked with beautiful views, sunsets, people watching and great chai lattes from Upstart Crow

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Christmas sailing with my family!

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Seems San Diego’s great weather is also her greatest fault…no wind in our sails. However it was quite a great day. And we all counted our blessings that we could be together out on the water for Christmas.

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Oz serenading us with some Yann Tiersen on Christmas Eve:IMG_2155

Our New years and 2 years at midnight!

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Oz and I have a goal for this year (well, we have a few goals for this year, but I’m not talking about those right now). Each month we want to venture out as local tourists in southern California. I hope to document our local travels so if you one day find your self in this sunny corner of the country, you get some good ideas of where to go and what to do. This year is going to be such a blast. I will say it again and again. I am greatly looking forward to it and am ready to embrace each season and everyday.

Excited & blessed,

Zulu

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1, 2, 3…

Today is November 16th, 2012.
Three years and two days ago Oz and I went to a mutual friends celebration of one year sober. A glorious and worthy celebration it was. That night Oz and I finally had the chance after a handful of years of just missing each other to actually sit down and talk.

catch up.

reminisce.

learn.

chat.

laugh.

You see, we first met when we were 17. Don’t ask us how…neither of us can actually remember our first exchange.

he liked me.

I liked a boy. A different boy.

Or so that’s what I told him.

(I know…I’m such a brat!)

Graduate.

College.

Me, New Zealand.

Me,Home.

Him, China.

Him, Home

My boyfriend.

My Break-up.

His girlfriend.

No break-up.

My boyfriend.

See what I mean? Just barely missing each other.

His break-up.

My break-up.

Finally…both single. both 22. five years of quick email chats and updates, but nothing more. Until November 14th, 2009.

We came back into the house after playing ukulele on the porch with a couple other people. He was the only person, besides the gal we were there to celebrate, that I actually knew. I made myself look busy at the food table as he effortlessly made small talk with two older British women. I thought to myself, Man, he has really grown into a great guy. I’m glad we’re friends again.

It was cold that night. Peacoat weather. But it was toasty inside. Hence his next move. He -without breaking the flow of conversation with his two new friends – takes off his Peacoat and hangs it on the chair just inches away from me.

That. Exact. Moment.

It was like a veil was lifted and 5 years of acquaintanceship suddenly was this overwhelming gush of feelings. Gushy, heart-throbbing feelings.

Holy crap! It was my mission in life the rest of the night to not make an absolute fool out of myself by accidentally flirting with him. Play. It. Cool. I seemed to hide it well though because I later found out Oz didn’t know I liked him for a while. Too well, Bee…too well.

The next morning I spilled to my mom the story of my surprise and unexpected feelings for “the guy from high school…remember? He’s the one who really likes China…”

Just as we were talking I get a text from said boy. After giddy and witty exchanges and me having paced every square foot of my living room it was set.

“So, Monday it is then. Let’s do Swami’s at 9.”

“Rad, sounds great! See you then!”

We were going to on a breakfast date. Well, wait…does he think this is a date? Does he think I don’t think it’s a date? Is he just wanting to catch up still with “his good’ol friend”? Okay, okay. calm down. It’s fine.

November 16th, 2009. Breakfast at Swami’s.

He paid. For his. I paid. For mine. 

I take the blame for that one. I didn’t want him to think I assumed this was a date if he didn’t want it to be a date – how awkward would that be?! So, I offered a ten to cover my food. Come to find out, when I offered the money, he thought that meant I wanted to make sure he knew this wasn’t a date, but he wanted it to be a date. He thought it was a date. I thought it was a date. Until I didn’t think it was a date. That’s when I paid for myself.

We then moved over to his ’89 pick-up truck to jam on the ukuleles. This moment set our dating soundtrack in stone. The sounds of Beirut, Jake Shimabukuro, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s and Sigur Ros will forever bring me back to our adventures in early love.

The rest is history. We could hardly stand going a day without seeing each other. And we rarely did. I’m sure our family and friends thought we were so pathetic, but we didn’t care. I had never ever felt such deep love for someone until Oz. After 8 months of togetherness, hiking adventures, banana creme pie eating, movie watching, sunrises and sunsets, beach picnics and trespassing, monthiversary breakfast dates and music playing, he asked me to join him in the craziest adventure we’ve ever embarked on : Marriage.

The next season of engagement of five and a half months was quite the roller coaster. And now, 1 year, 10 months and 15 days into our marriage, we are still adventuring and growing and learning what it truly means to commit and promise, love and cherish and enjoy and edify and honor and respect and support and relax and embrace each other in every season we enter. We are daily in need of our Father’s grace for ourselves and for each other. Who isn’t?

We have had a diverse, lively and unpredictable 3 years. This morning it really settled in that we have the rest of our lives together to figure this thing out and I found such peace in that. We’re just beginning on this journey. It’s still fresh and new and mysterious.

May we continue to surrender our will and mind and hearts to J-sus so that He can continue to shape us into the absolute best for Him, for each other, for our family and everyone else we share life with.

Today we celebrate three years together. Here’s to three more. (and then some…)

There were hardly times when we’d venture out somewhere, anywhere without at least one uke.

With all of our friends getting married, we always had fancy dates planned 🙂

Dating at weddings…

Austin spent 6 weeks in Shanghai getting TEFL certified…upon his return he asked me one mighty big question…

I said yes!!

He saw me for the first time and wept…

We were overjoyed…

Humbled and blessed.

First dance to Devendra Banhart’s “Baby”

H o n e y m o o n i n g up the Californian coast!

Our first cooked meal in our new abode.

Our real honeymoon to Spain and Portugal.

Celebrating birthdays and facial hair.

Our amazing trip to Haiti with with our church.

The Golden hour in our sweet abode.

Luke & Kate work wonders with the camera Check out He and She !

{{all wedding ceremony photography was done by our amazing friends Willy & Meghan}}

Thanks for reading and celebrating with us. We hope your adventures in love also bring you to a place of gratitude, humility, grace and joy. Cheers to Love!

XO – Bee

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Sandy Eggo, the first update.

 

 

[[Oz & I visiting Lake Jennings on our way to see some puppies!]]

Well, almost two months of an OzandBee hiatus isn’t so bad right? I’ve stepped away from my previous blogs for much longer, to be honest. But I’m not back to discuss hiatus records. To keep up with being honest, I’ve actually been desiring to get back to writing again about the good and the bad and the life in between, but my procrastination mixed with the overwhelming feeling of playing “catch up” on here has been far more powerful. So today, I’m not going to worry about including every detail from our journey home till now…I’ll let them sneak in here and there as they come. Instead, I just want to keep up with this thing…I liked documenting our adventures. And even though we’re no longer traveling southern China, there are plenty of exciting trips going on in the beautiful southern California worthy of noting in the blogosphere.

It’s taken a while to feel normal again in our own state, city and community. I think the more accurate statement would be we are still trying. We don’t want to actually feel normal again…our old normal was part of the reason we ran away for three months. Old ways, old habits, old mindsets, old old, moldy and gross (to be dramatic). What we are trying to do is to learn how to walk in the new ways, new habits and new mindsets that Father helped cultivate in us while we were in LJ. We learned how to do that overseas, but to come back to such familiarity and try to function in our new dynamic is not as easy of a task as I hoped it would be. And I think with some of the things we’ve faced since being home, I’m realizing that the process our sovereign Father had us in didn’t conclude when the plane left Beijing on September 4th. He has so much more depth waiting for us to dive into. He has so much more healing and growth for us. Healing and growth that could not have happened in our beautiful, yet temporary home overseas, but can only take place in this home.

The familiar one.

The journey continues. The learning continues. And in the midst of some discouragement and struggle, my heart is genuinely relieved about it. I see that God does not wrap our amazing experiences in the best paper with the prettiest bow and set it on a shelf to glance at or simply remember…He builds on them. He widens them and deepens them. He shows us something we think is life-changing and amazing and so exciting, then says, that’s only the beginning. It’s simply  o n e piece of the incredible work of art He is designing. The difference? He sees the whole while I see only in part. And when I take my eyes off of Him, that’s when the discouragement creeps in. I’ve been looking at an unfinished product. To speak in pictures, life is more like a flowing stream than a patchy field of ponds. Thank goodness. Lets keep moving.

The places He brought me to in LJ — vulnerability, willingness and humility — are the places I know I can’t leave if I want to continue on this adventure with Him. It has been in my brokenness that He has healed and restored me. And I consider being back in SD as phase two.

The adjustments to life in SD have not all been difficult. We got to come back to an amazing community and families that love us. And although the summer weather didn’t get the memo that it’s now Fall — I can’t complain. It is truly no wonder why so many people desire vacationing here. We’ve had the chance to catch up with people we missed so dearly and have taken a couple weekend get-a-ways to ease into life here. Photo updates are bound to happen as soon as I can get to it. 🙂

Thanks to everyone who walked with us this summer. It was really encouraging to keep in touch via this blog and emails. We cherish all of your comments and the time you spent reading up on our whereabouts. So, here’s to phase two! I trust it’ll be just as exciting as the first. 😉 Our next batch of writings will most likely include the adventures of weekend trips to the mountains and (hopefully) some lakes too, my answer-to-prayer of a new job, and of course our journey through marriage and life here in SD.

Feeling less overwhelmed,

Bee

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Tiger Leaping GORGEOUS

            Let me begin by introducing                …drum roll please…              the beautiful, the magnificent, the gorgeous, T i g e r  L e a p i n g   G o r g e !

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That blue-hooded gal is Bee — see how tiny she is compared to those mountains?!

In southern Ch1na, there is no hike as spectacular as the one in Tiger Leaping Gorge. It’s well-worn trails hug the cliffs of one of the deepest gorges on earth, winding through beautiful rugged landscapes, hundreds-of-years-old N@xi villages, and even passing over a cascading waterfall, all while facing the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Bee and I set out for the trailhead last Tuesday, prepared to hike the nearly 7 hours (depending on how fast you hike) to Halfway Guesthouse. After a fairly easy first couple hours, we began to come upon some steeper inclines leading up to the 28 bends, which lead to the peak on the west side of the river. Bee could have sworn she counted 33 bends and said it felt like 52. She demands a recount.

We weren’t the only ones who needed to cross – look at the cute little calf!

But after what we saw them do in it — well, don’t drink the water.

There is never not enough corn in this country. Never.

  Travelers looking to tackle this hike usually take 2 days. The first to hike the 28 Bends to the top, and the second to hike down to the raging Yangtze riverbed. Completing the first day felt great! Especially since we knew the second day would be only a couple of hours to hike – the big chunk of the work was finished 🙂

We ended up meeting a German couple and a Chinese guy that we had the pleasure of hiking with. The German couple had been traveling around the world for about two years now and had some great stories. It’s always fun to share these kind of adventures with people you meet along the way.

Looking down toward the world’s 3rd largest river…There are truly no words to describe the beauty.

There are some amazing views from the tops of cliffs literally kilometers above the beautiful Yangtze River below. However, it can be quite a struggle to catch your breath if you are not acclimated to the altitude!

While a good portion of the hike is at a breathtaking height of only about 9000 feet, the opposite peaks (which are not part of the hike we did) reach head-spinning heights of more than 18,300 feet tall.

It was SO loud.

Although Bee had a rather difficult time because of the altitude, with a few rests along the way, we were both able to reach the top. I was so proud of her for pushing through! Despite the difficulty, being able to sit up there was definitely worth the struggle.

The trek still wasn’t over.

On our way back we had to walk a couple kilometers to find a bus. We wouldn’t have had to walk if it weren’t for the

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that took out an entire section of the road three weeks prior. The pictures hardly convey how extreme the damage was. They’ll have to cut through it to re-build the road. For now, people have to drive about 200 km out of their way around the other side of the mountain to get to the town just beyond the rock-slide.

Our trip was beyond amazing. If you ever find yourself in Liji@ng, don’t pass up the opportunity to do this hike.

Now that we’re back we’ve shopped, celebrated birthdays, hung out with friends and now find ourselves packing up our Liji@ng home and getting ready to start the trek back to Be!jing, then finally to the States. We’ll try to keep you posted during our travels back home. Just a handful of days left!? Blows our minds.

Almost home,

Oz & Bee

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You Still there?

So — I think we’ve discovered a new kind of busy. All great and fun and exciting,  just non-stop. And now we have only 4 days left in this beautiful country and are experiencing a mixed bag of emotions. We’re looking forward to seeing our friends and family and gorgeous sunny city, but also sad to leave the amazing friends and experiences we’ve had here. If only China and California were closer…

I’ll get to our processing of our departure later. First, we want to show you a bit of what life has looked like this month.

A few weeks ago, we got an invite to celebrate Huo Ba Jie (Torch Festival) in our friends hometown village on Yulong Snow Mountain (about an hour-ish away). In a nutshell, they all get together and have a massive feast and light torches at night. We spent a few days with her family, and they made each of us feel so welcome in their home. It was an unforgettable weekend. Here’s what it looked like:

We got to wake up to this each morning. Such perfection.

The second day we went hunting for mushrooms. E knew exactly what to look for. She’s what we call a pro. Before this hunt, I assumed all wild mushrooms would kill me. Especially the bright ones.

E taught us so much  – but that doesn’t mean I’ll be picking mushrooms and cooking them for you back home. I don’t trust my mushroom picking skills that much.

We crossed over the most amazing stream that flows from the top of Snow mountain. It tasted so fresh and pure. Here we are standing on a rock under the walking bridge. I could have listened to the water rush by all day.

How cute are all things miniature?! E told us we could eat these mini wild strawberries.

They were a bit tart, but so cute!

Watching the sun go down behind the mountain was amazing. Who could manage ignoring this?!

Every view was dreamy.

We all sat around the grill and ate lamb, pork and potato dipped in spice. I think we ate more than our usual amount of meat in one sitting — but it was the tastiest ever.

Finally, it was time to light the torches!! See that little one behind us?! Not long after this picture was taken a couple of E’s family members did their traditional dance around a pile of lit torches. (They love dancing!) It’s nothing more than just having fun and celebrating – which they do quite well. And then, they suggested the four white kids (us) dance too! So with four minds thinking of what to do, we whipped out our greatest idea ever — we did the Macarena.

No shame.

Our last morning, the ladies of the village dressed us up in their traditional dresses. We felt so honored!! The headdress was my favorite — so cushy and soft. They made us feel like family. This little guy had a blast seeing us in these clothes. I don’t think he’d ever seen a non-Yizu woman in them. He was the cutest.

We love E dearly and had SUCH a blast in her village. She is a sister we’ll miss so much. We’ve gotten to see her almost daily, so I imagine it’ll be weird to be without her! Love you, E!

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We had a couple days to recoup before we teamed up with a group that came to do a dental clinic. We focused on a village that most of the long-termers hadn’t been to yet. The clinic ran so smoothly, which helped to build great relationships with the leaders there. The long-termers were really pleased by the week and feel like follow-up in the future will be great. To be apart of it was more than a blessing.

Our amazing dentist is on the left. By the third and final day of the clinic he had trained our medical doctor to pull teeth as well — I’m amazed at their skills! They saw aver 170 patients in just three days. What a way to use their talents.

While waiting to see the dentist, the kids had their own training on how to brush their teeth and why its important. By the end, they each got their own toothbrush and toothpaste. The hope is to follow up with the village and see how they’re doing with brushing. Then by a third or fourth follow up, hopefully see that they are brushing on their own – that they’ve made brushing a daily habit.

We all had jobs for the week. Most of the time, I got to take pictures of the patients and put together their file. I LOVED my job. Getting to see everyone up close was so fun. I feel like I got to personally meet each of them.

Oz and I also got to spend lots of time with the kids. We taught them the hokey-pokey, sang songs, played games, etc. Oz was – of course – a natural and a pro with them. It was so fun to see him interact with them so well. Not to mention, the loved him. The next group of photos includes some of my favorites.

The week was great. It was such a great way to love the village in a practical way – to love each individual. We are so excited to see what Father is going to do in their lives.

Oz had his 25th birthday on the third day of the clinic. We celebrated with birthday cake Oreos. 🙂

Love you, babes.

The clinic would not have been as great without E being our translator. Her first language is Yi, then Mandarin, then English. Most of the older patients and children didn’t speak Mandarin, so she was with the dentist all day each day, being not just a translator, but a comfort for the patients. She was used in MIGHTY ways! Woo hoo, E!

There was so much beauty in the village. Oz captured so much of it.

Lunch is served!

They  l o v e  their potatoes. As do I.

A good-lookin’ group!

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After this week of the clinic, I’ve really felt like we live here. I have grown to love and adore the people. The Father has really given me my own unique love for this country. One that perhaps compliments the love my husband has for it. What an answer to pr@yer. I feel so blessed to have been here for these three months, investing in all that we’ve had opportunities to invest in. And thank you, Father, for the friendships we’ve gained. They will be forever. I can’t believe we’re wrapping up our week and going home so soon. However, we feel certain that for the next season of our lives we are to invest in California again. And because of that, we are excited for it and are looking forward to what the Father has in store. His plans are perfect. I’m just grateful that we’ve been able to develop a home here for the summer. It won’t be the last time we come. In whatever capacity that is, it will be on His timing, in His way, just as the last three months have been.

So, there is a recap of our past few weeks. We got back from hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge last night, so we’ll give an update on that either tonight or tomorrow. Also, don’t forget that Oz has more pictures on his Facebook and we’ve been updating on our instragram. Search for ‘iamzulu’ to see more immediate picture updates.

Now, we’re off to lunch and a bit of birthday shopping! Oz’s was last week and mine is today! (At least in China, I’m still 24 in America, but why not celebrate twice?!)

With love,

Bee

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On the Road Again…

We packed our hiking bag (yes…only one) and are getting ready to head out the door for a weekend trip! We are SO excited to tag along with J&L to drive up to the Lake to visit with their friends and check up on a couple investments they’ve made there. It’s a six (ish) hour drive and the Lake is beautiful. We will be gone for three days — so we’ll give an update when we get back. We are looking forward to this trip also because it will give us a more flavorful taste of what J&L have been investing in. Please join us in asking Papa for the following:

safe travels

a rich time with J&L

to be a blessing to those we visit

and anything else you feel on your heart to pray for 🙂

{{This is the lake where we’ll be…Oz took this when he was there about 4 years ago.}}

Happy weekend everybody!

-Bee

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