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Of birthdays past

I cleaned out a drawer today that seemed to contain every card or note I’ve received during my time in China, including from Christmas, International Women’s Day (did you know there was such a thing?), Teacher’s Day, Thanksgiving, random notes from students, and of course, birthday cards.

When I turned 23 we went to an Indian restaurant and Anna asked my friends to write down some advice for me.  I then had to guess who said each thing.  I saved a few of them and they made me smile as I read through them and remembered, and I thought you might enjoy them, too.

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Wanted: eggs & suitcases

Easter is over, but we’re already looking forward to next spring!  We really could use some more plastic Easter eggs for next Easter.  If you see any, would you consider buying them and donating them to us?  Let me know and I’ll give you the drop-off places or mailing addresses in the States.

My Mom and my sister (and Amanda R.) are coming to visit me!  This is good on two counts: 1) They’ll get to see where I’ve been living for the past three years, and 2) They’re going to bring home a lot of my stuff!  Do you have any large suitcases they could borrow for their trip?

Easter egg dyeing

As I mentioned last week, my international students spent a class dyeing Easter eggs.  Most of them had never done it before, so it was fun to watch them experiment with different designs and colors.  I think all but two of the boys probably has ADHD (or am I confusing that with junior high?), so it was a challenge to get them all focused on a task and not wandering around asking to use the computers and trying to climb out the office windows (for real).

Yerkezhan (Kazakhstan), Linda and Min (Korea), Neil (Texas), Bella (Korea), and Jess (UK) show off their eggs

I caught Timo (Germany) making a swastika egg and made him change his design. The result? A window.

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Fù​huó​jié​: a Chinese lesson on Easter Sunday

Easter = 复活节 ( huó jié)

复 (fù) = return
活 (huó) = live, exist, survive
节 (jié) = used to signify a festival or holiday

Happy He-has-returned-to-live Day!

Foretold: For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.

Accomplished: He isn’t here!  He is risen from the dead!  Look, this is where they laid his body.

Easter reflection, IV

Foretold: He had done no wrong and had never deceived anyone.  But he was buried like a criminal; he was put in a rich man’s tomb.

Accomplished: Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth.  He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock.  Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left.

Easter reflection, III

Foretold: He was despised and rejected  – a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.  We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.  He was despised, and we did not care.

Accomplished: He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.  He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.

Easter reflection, II

Foretold: The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.

Accomplished: YHWH is the living cornerstone of the temple.  He was rejected by people, but he was chosen for great honor.