Finding an Apartment

Where to live. This was probably the biggest stress for me. I can’t even begin to describe the relief I felt… how much more doable this move has become once we found out B’s school would provide us with a 4 bedroom apartment on campus. This is a huge blessing! Initially we knew that they provided faculty apartments, but were told that these were all 1-2 bedrooms. The alternative was the school would give us a set amount of money to rent our own apartment. That seemed okay, but completely impossible. Living close to the school is a huge plus, but it’s not in the American part of town and it’s no where near church. And I have no idea how we would have gone about trying to rent an apartment in Beijing from the United States when we don’t speak any Chinese. When B got the email from the woman he’s been dealing with for all his paperwork at the school telling him that she had just found out that we were getting her 4 bedroom apartment, huge waves of relief swept over me. We can do this.

Sticking Out

Our family is going to stick out like a sore thumb in China.

First, there are six of us.  China is a communist country that still limits the number of kids a family can have.  I believe they have relaxed this policy over the last several years, but most families still have only one, maybe two kids.

Second, we are tall.  Well, Brandon and the kids are tall.  I’m average.  B is 6’3″.  I’m only 5’6″ and a little bit, but I’m sure I’ll still tower over some people we meet.  The kids are all tall for their respective ages.

Third, except Little Guy and myself, everyone has BRIGHT blue eyes.

Fourth, at one point we were all blonde.  Only Squirt, with his nearly white hair, can still claim this, but the rest of us still have very light hair compared to the residents of Asia.  Squirt is going to be treated like a celebrity over there.

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