Sunday, February 27, 2011
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Tonight was the final night of Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) and it is called Lantern Festival. You celebrate by light lanterns and letting them go. You eat a special meal with your family, and just enjoy the final night before real life starts again.
We had the privilege of being invited to eat a special meal with a Chinese family. This is the family of the girl Renee tutors, so it was a big deal. They took us to an old part of the city, to a restaurant that has been operating for over 400 years. It was like you stepped back in time, and the whole area around this place was amazing!
The food was traditional CHangsha food however. It was fatty pork, stinky tofu, and big blood soup. But again, this is the food of this city and province so we had to enjoy it!
But overall, it was a great night and a fitting end to Chinese New Year. Every day I love this city more and more!
The pictures are of stinky tofu and Chairman Mao's favorite fatty pork.
Posted by Ransom Family 5 at 6:32 AM
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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Happy birthday to our little man! You are five today, and what an amazing five year old you are. You are constantly showing us just how special, creative, caring and grown up you are. Last year, we talked about how much your life has changed in the previous year. How you handled it with grace and maturity. Well, once again your life had a massive change in it, and once again you did well.
As your Mother and I looked back over this year, we noticed one thing over and over. You experienced a lot of firsts!
Your first trip to China
Your first train ride
Your first dog
Your first bike
Your first visit to Disneyland
Your first visit to Hong Kong
You were baptized
Your first trip to Thailand
Your first day at school
Your first snow
Lost your first tooth, and 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th!
Your first time using chopsticks!
Honestly, my little man, the list is endless. But through it all one thing remained the same-- your sense of adventure, and your ability to adapt to any situation, and handle it better than any other person I know. You grew up a lot and had a few growing pains, but still did better than your Mom or I would have done.
We love you so much, and are so proud of you. For such a little man, you are a shining example of how someone should live their life. People see something in you that they don't have, and they want it! It is a privilege to be your Mom and Dad, to get to love you everyday, and watch you as you experience this adventure we call life. Happy Birthday Tegan Mesfin! Always remember... “We love you forever, we like you for always. As long as we're living, our baby you'll be”
Posted by Ransom Family 5 at 6:40 PM
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Another year, another move, another country, and another life changing decision. One thing you can say for sure, our life together is not boring. This past year has gone by incredibly fast, and our life has changed so much that it seems like we are constantly rediscovering who we are as a family and as a couple. But the one thing that remains the same, is the simple fact that I love you, and am so honored that you choose to marry me. You feel in love with this sad excuse of a man, well below your station, and decided that you wanted me. Why, I will never understand but an so thankful you did.
I truly love you more every day, and hope that I show you just how special and amazing you are. You mean more to me than I can possibly express in mere words, and look forward to the rest of our life.
As we begin our 4th year of marriage, always remember that its you and only you. Thank you for everything you do for me, my beautiful, special and amazing princess. I Love you!
Posted by Ransom Family 5 at 8:14 PM
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
But they have adjusted well, and are doing great as far as language and culture goes! They love school, and eggplant, and riding the bus. In their short lives, they have:
Lived in 3 countries, on three continents.
Been to 8 countries
Spoken four of five languages.
In others words, they have an amazing life. Below is the first picture we took of them in China, as well as the latest!
Posted by Ransom Family 5 at 7:42 AM