It’s crazy to think that we have been in Qingdao for over a year already. When we arrived and started attending our current church last year, the summer vacation had just began for many schools. Our school closes this Friday, but many of the others closed a couple of weeks ago. This meant that we had to say goodbye to some good friends as they left for vacations in the States and other parts of the world. Some will be back in a month or two, but others are leaving China for good and moving back home. Goodbyes are always sad, especially when you are the one left behind. We have never had this large of a community of foreigners with us in our years abroad. Qingdao has been amazing for this, and we really do enjoy the amount of people we have had the opportunity to meet and spend time with here.
To those that have left, or who are about to leave, China for good…
It was great getting to know you, and you will be missed!
Ordinarily we would be on a plane out of here for the summer vacation, but this year we have a tiny new addition to our family so we can’t fly anywhere too soon. Justin will be working a couple of summer jobs, and we will try to do some fun activities when we have the energy and time.
Our seniors have now left the high school, and almost all of them will be venturing off the the States, Canada and Australia to study at various universities. Some of them left sweet notes at the bottom of their final exam papers. We were not able to see them all off because of Eli’s arrival.
We have had many guests over to our apartment in the last two weeks. Each night someone brings us dinner so we haven’t had to cook since Elijah was born. This has been a huge blessing, especially when we are too tired to bother thinking about buying groceries, cooking or doing the dishes. We will tell you more about this in an upcoming post. Some of our work colleagues have come over to bring dinners and love on Eli. All of them are so happy to hold him!
Work Colleagues loving on Elijah
We won’t see many of our work friends at all this summer as they will be going to other Chinese cities on vacation, or to visit family. Some of them will not be returning for the next school year, so we have had to say some final goodbyes to them too.
It’s July and that means summer vacation is here! Two months of no school!
Justin only has a couple more days left at the high school, but he will be starting a part-time summer job next week. Hopefully we will have some fun activities to show you in the next few weeks.