Weekly Photo Challenge: The Smyth’s 2012 In Photo’s

As we prepare to bring in the new year we have to pause and reflect on the most amazing and wonderful year we have had. Before I get started on this post, I’d like to take a line or two and thank our good Lord for this amazing and glorious journey we have been on. Through prayer we’ve gotten through some pretty tough emotional moments and with our faith we continue and accept the here and now. This is where we want to be, this is where were meant to be.

The year 2012 brought so many changes, opportunities, and firsts for our family. In deed the year 2012 was a year of many changes. Quitting a job that I enjoyed, moving out of our home, and preparing for our China journey was exhausting. I’m skipping over January 2012 as it was a month filled with excitement, trepidation, & emotional chaos.

February 2012 – Arrived in China on the 1st. Took these photo’s during an outing to get to know the area.

Behind this sculpted and well manicured area is a small park like setting overlooking the lake.

Behind this sculpted and well manicured area is a small park like setting overlooking the lake.

On both sides of these trees we had and continue to have construction. More concrete is going up.

On both sides of these trees we had and continue to have construction. More concrete is going up.

March 2012 – We discovered different modes of transportation. There are regular taxi’s and buses that can be enjoyed as well as these. The 3 photos’ represent the different modes of transportation in comparison with the states.

April 2012 – We took a trip to Hong Kong and fell in love with the island. Our favorite destination was The Peak.

May 2012 – We took a phenomenal trip to Beijing where we attended a flag raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square, visited the Ming Tomb’s, Temple of Heaven, and The Great Wall of China.

June 2012 – This month brought visitors from the states and a lot of different hot spots to visit. Loads of fun and photo opportunities.

July 2012 – Another exciting time for us. We were finally going home to Michigan and traveling to Indiana and Texas. Yes! We were excited to spend a few weeks in the states!

August 2012 – The first two weeks of August were packed with activities. From vacation in South Padre Island, a vacation with my mother & daughter in Texas, to our son’s wedding in Indiana. 

September 2012 – Big changes for the girls and I as a new school year was about to begin. We enrolled Monica in the Sino-Canada High School a Canadian International High School and Mari is continuing with an online program for home schooling.

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.... and of course there must be an Arnold Palmer half & half in her hand...

…. and of course there must be an Arnold Palmer half & half in her hand…

 October 2012 – Small trips to Zhou Zhuang Water Town, The French Concession, Xintandi, and we cooked SPAM for the first time in China.

November 2012 – A second unexpected trip to the states and a wonderful time spent with the family in Chicago. Twenty eight hours round trip on an airplane was a bit rough but very worth it.

December 2012 – A bittersweet month. While we do enjoy China and love the time we have been here, it was a difficult month away from our families. The holiday’s in China are not the same at all. Almost non-existent. We made it and so glad it’s over. These are random December shots.

As I look back through some of these photo’s and the thousand’s that I have saved I’m reminded of just how truly blessed we really are. Life is good. The miles and distance separate us from our loved ones back home; however, the memories are always in the forefront of our minds and hearts.

We are grateful for all that we’ve been able to do and places we’ve been this past year. We’re looking forward to a new year and new adventures. I hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures just as much as I enjoy taking and sharing them with you. Thank you for visiting our blog and hope you return in the new year.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

The Smyth Family

 

3 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: The Smyth’s 2012 In Photo’s

    • The Peak does in deed have quite the view, loved it! We all so enjoyed the Island. I’d love to go back and have a tour guide with us. Not the touristy guide but one that would take us into the heart of things. There is a huge cemetery in the middle of the island that I so wanted to go and visit. A definite re-visit is in order.

      Happy New Year to you.

      Maria

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