Miscellaneous

First few days in HK

Hong Kong has been great. So far we have spent most of our time in Discovery Bay (on Lantau Island) where we are temporarily living. Yesterday we went to dinner at the home of friends on the island of Peng Chau. And today we made our first trek into Central (what downtown Hong Kong, on the island of Hong Kong, is referred to). It was busy and hectic, but that was to be expected. It’s relatively quiet in Discovery Bay. Tomorrow we are...

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Five Facet Reviews

A couple years ago, Josh and I heard Linda and Richard Eyre speak about parenting. One thing that sounded like a great idea and that we have been doing over the last several months is the “Five Facet Review” of our children. Here is a link to a recent article by them about it. In a nutshell, once a month (this is the goal, but it’s usually about every 2 or 3 months), Josh and I go out to eat and discuss the development and...

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I’m Grateful

Just got to thinking last night how grateful I am for so many things. I’m grateful my nephew, Chandler’s surgery went so well yesterday. I’m so grateful that my pregnancy has been complication-free. Thankful that my cold from a couple weeks ago is gone. So thankful that all indications are that James is healthy and doing well in the womb. Thankful for so many loving family members and friends and for all you all do for me....

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He has a name!

That’s right, folks! With only about a month left in this pregnancy, we finally figured our son’s first name! Here are some clues for you: It is an English form of the Hebrew name “Jacob.” It is the name of two apostles in Jesus’ day and the name of one of Jesus’ brothers. It is the name of Josh’s great, great, great-grandfather who was baptized into the LDS Church by Joseph Smith, Jr. and confirmed by...

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The Brazilians So Far

The Brazilian exchange students arrived last Thursday and it’s been fun having them. They are Ricardo, Diogo, Luis, and Fabio. Fabio and Diogo are half-Japanese (Brazil has the largest population of Japanese outside of Japan–well over a million) but don’t speak a word of Japanese themselves. They’re all good kids and are very respectful, polite, and helpful, although they require some guidance. One issue is toilet paper,...

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The Brazilians Are Coming!

Brynn and I are going to be hosting four Brazilian exchange students for three weeks in January. They’ll be at school most of the time, but we’ll be responsible for providing them with food and a place to sleep, as well as some entertainment, I suppose. They’re all 16-year old boys, and will be staying on the top floor of our townhouse in the guest room which will be outfitted with three extra beds, including a bunk bed....

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