Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving was wonderful and we are thankful beyond words that Terry is doing great after surprising us all with a heart attack two days later. Just a note for everyone to step up their health program...... we thought we were doing pretty well in the health department, but goes to show we can take it up a notch for sure.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

What a Celebration!

Beautiful bride about to get dressed
How about this work of art!
Can't believe my baby is married. She is the greatest daughter!

Newlyweds and married 50 years. Kids take note...
Part of the gang
Now where do you think you're going??
Keep on dancing
Hmmm......who caught the bouquet??

Let's try a little quiet time
So proud of you
Got muscles?! That dress weighs about 100 lbs.
CONGRATULATIONS!

How time flies....the cute couple has been married for 3 weeks today. The wedding was fantastic and fun. Whitney was stunning--pictures do not do her justice. Zadoc was a blast. The ceremony was lovely, food great, flowers beautiful, family supportive and the dancing....well....it continued all night and was hilarious. We especially loved all the guys dancing to YMCA with their hats! Thanks to everyone who made the day such a success. Congratulations to the happy couple. Let your love grow stronger every day, support and take good care of each other and know how proud we are and happy that you are part of our eternal family.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Wedding Day

Aren't they precious..... "the middle couple"
Walking into eternity together

Congratulations darlings!

I am ashamed that I have not been a consistent blogger..... Today is my baby's wedding day and I want to give a quick shout out to Whitney and Zadoc on their big day. We love you! We're so proud of you! Hold onto each other and never let go. You're starting on the path and creating a new family.....what a great day! We'll enjoy celebrating it with you.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Entertainment Korean Style

A few videos to share from the Korean Folk Village.
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This is how we iron.
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Watch the ribbons on their hats. It is quite amazing.
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They did all sorts of amazing stunts. Do not try this at home.
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Horsing Around.

Korea for Dragon Boat Festival

Waiting for the subway with my capable guide!
The signs in Korea are almost as good as the ones in China!
Guilty as charged.....
Judge and police. Terry really looks HOT.
We hadn't seen Krispy Kream for a while.....pure enjoyment.
It's quite alright to ooh and ahhh
Top of the world-Seoul Tower.
Dividing line between North and South Korea.
Just Lovely.

Trying to catch up.....back to May when our blog was blocked in China.....better late than never. We had a festival three day weekend the end of May and wanted to see Korea as we were just across the Yellow Sea. We were fascinated--50 million people in and surrounding Seoul. I felt it was cleaner than China and more westernized. It was really interesting to visit the DMZ and look into North Korea. We enjoyed a river walk similar to San Antonio. The Seoul Tower had an incredible panoramic view of the entire area and it is mind blowing as to the size of the city. We found an Outback and actually went there twice and stuffed ourselves. The highlight was the temple. We attended two sessions and had to listen through the "translator box." The sessions were packed with people. I had the sweetest, tiny, older sister who struggled to stand from her seat when I came in to help me with my translator box. We went to the Korean Folk Village which was very similar to the PCC in Hawaii and met up with our dear friends from Qingdao, Stella and Young Mi. The subway was crazy and we were in town for the President's funeral so the city was crazy the night before. Our dear friends, the Sessions, who were teaching in Beijing met us and we had a great weekend....we just kept forgetting we were in Korea and our few words of Chinese didn't mean much to anyone. Just wish we had more time there.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Happy Birthday to the Big Dog!


I am so far behind on my posting--and I will catch up--I think...... but, first I have to give a birthday shout out to my incredible husband who celebrated his 39th (?) on the 16th. What a guy! Doesn't get much more handsome or energetic than Terry Miller. Love you sweetie. Here's to the best year ever.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

We're Home and I Need to Catch Up


Back in the routine of home life.......paperwork! Yikes

Our blogs were blocked the last two months in China. I have felt so out of touch.....and now, I'm out of the blogging habit as well. We returned about two weeks ago to our loving family. We've missed them all so much. It feels like we have never really been gone. Did we go to China? Who are all these cute students I keep thinking about and getting emails from? Where did all this junk--I mean treasures come from? We have many exciting things happening in the next few months--weddings and baptisms and big anniversaries. Love to you all. I'm hoping to do a few posts of our last couple months in China. We travelled to Korea and a few students homes for dinner. We hated to leave. It was the best experience ever.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sports Meeting

Girl's relay team....with me and their "coach" Allen.

Hertz and Hank

Sport's Meeting has arrived...QU Stadium

My Freshman are in white with red hats.

Honey & Claire. She is my "honey!" She helps me with everything.

Sunshine and Bryant (with the girl's relay award). My two tallest boys about to participate in the high jump.

Part of the boy's relay team.....(Allen, Potter, James, Terry, Hanley, Rock, Kevin, Jack)

More relay team.... (Jason, Bolt, Sunshine, Eric, Wayne, Charles, Allen, Steven, Henry)

My long jumpers--Bolt and Shane

Dance team....not bad, but Whit could definitely show them a thing or two. (Emily, Sophia Martina, Vivian, Me, Emma, Stephanie)

Sunshine is extremely tall for a Chinese boy and he loves his name!

First races of the day....... Love these kids!

Last week the kids had "Sports Meeting" at the University. It was great because I didn't have to teach on Friday. It was also great because it was excellent weather, a fun competition and the kids are so awesome to be with. Sports Meeting is the equivalent of a big track and field meet. There were kids who were athletes and kids who had never run before. All the students were there cheering their classmates on; opening and closing ceremonies; cheerleaders and dancing groups, etc. My freshman were so excited to have me there--they were constantly taking care of me--coming to find me when I arrived and escorting me to the group, putting paper down to sit on, holding a parasol over my head so I'm out of the sun, bringing me water or a treat and making sure I'm comfortable. I was interviewed by the school newspaper and radio station about 8 times. (The kids brought the newspaper to school and were so "proud of me"....they don't realize that I'm the "token" foreignerI got to wander around on the field because they thought I knew what I was doing. Anyway, back to the grindstone this week. The kids are giving class presentations the next few weeks and they've been really great so far.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Wonderful Mothers!!
There is nothing as special as a mother and our mother's prove just that.... Happy Mother's Day to Mom Packer and Mom Miller--we cherish you and the lives you lead. We thank you for your constant love and examples if goodness. We love that our daughters are such great moms as well--teaching and nurturing and sharing their spirit with their beautiful children. What can I say, but our families are full of good mothers. Our sisters are all working so hard to raise valiant children. We couldn't be prouder. There are so many friends we love that have taught us through example. Happy Day to all! I, of course, have to pay tribute to Whitney who is mothering the pugs while I'm away....a little different, but still demanding....smile..... Now, can you believe this post is not about China!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Written Word

I believe this sign was supposed to say "Peak" no "Reak".... there is a legend of the Flying Peak (mountain) coming from India......
I don't think of mentioned the great signs in China. When they are translated into English they are usually pretty funny. This is just a sampling from our last trip, but you get the idea....