We love the fellowship that we share with friends every Sunday morning. Slowly but surely, our Sunday group has got smaller and smaller as some leave on vacation for the summer, and sadly, others leave China for good. Only those living abroad will know this, but when you are far away from family, friends, and all the comforts of home, a community becomes your “expat family”. Trying to survive without these friends can make life in another country seem very lonely. With many of our closest friends now gone for good, it sure does remind us how precious the time that we are given is. In the last couple of months, I don’t know how many times I have heard, “Why didn’t we do more of this?”, “Why didn’t we start spending time together a long time ago?”, and “I wish we had more time”.
“Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them… the best way to spell love is “T-I-M-E.”
― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
With little time left, we took every opportunity that we could (in-between all of us being in an extremely busy part of the year) to hang out with our sweet friends, Trent and Angie. You know them well by now from our recent posts. Angie is pregnant (she found out in our bathroom, yup – I’m still bragging about that!) and we now know that their little bean is a baby boy.
We decided on a Korean lunch after our morning of fellowship. Our main dish was Dak Galbi (chicken and cabbage stir-fried in a chili pepper paste), with kimbap (the Korean version of sushi), seafood pajeon (a Korean-style pancake), and various other delicious side dishes. We have been to a number of Korean restaurants around Qingdao, but their side dishes really fail to impress us. All of them fall short of the true Korean standard for banchan (Korean side dishes). We were pleasantly surprised at this restaurant – the food was amazing and the side dishes were plentiful.
Eli loves kimbap. If we are out and about, this is an easy snack for him. He eats all of the ingredients contained in this “roll of sushi” – seaweed, rice, burdock, egg, crab, fish cake, carrots, cucumber, spinach and pickled radish. We love that he is not picky. He tries whatever we give him. As you can see above, he is making a huge mess but this never seems to be a problem here in China. I often ask for a broom so I can clean up a bit before we leave, but they never let me.
This is the Seafood Pajeon (pancake)…
It is delicious!
At this stage, it’s not often that we get a photo with Elijah looking at the camera and not flapping his arms around, so this is a keeper 🙂 We really appreciate all of these meals that we got to spend with Trent and Angie before they left China.